The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) and Princeton Shopping Center announced a new series of murals as part of a new public art initiative for the outdoor courtyard located at 301 N. Harrison St.
The first in the series of three murals designed by a team of ACP artists will come to life at the end of June on the interior courtyard wall between Princeton Mattress and Smith’s ACE Hardware.
The mural theme will reflect Princeton Shopping Center’s resolution to “bring on the joy” at a time when communities are craving reconnection and opportunities to interact, according to information provided by ACP.
This artwork will be on display through the fall, when a new design inspired by the changing seasons will be installed, according to the statement.
The mural series is scheduled to run through Spring 2022, each delivering a burst of renewed energy and opportunity to reflect on significant messages, according to the statement.
“The ACP has long served as a catalyst for Princeton’s creative community,” ACP Executive Director Adam Welch said in the statement. “We believe that public art is an asset in expanding our worldview and provides an opportunity to build community around creative expression. ACP is so pleased to continue a 35-plus year partnership with Princeton Shopping Center and set in motion an expanded arts and cultural presence in this city.”
“Cohesive communities are more relevant now than ever and public art activates landscapes in unique ways that spark dialogue and encourage people to authentically connect,” Brad Dumont, managing director at EDENS, which owns and operates the shopping center, said in the statement. “An important part of our mission is to collaborate with embedded organizations like the arts council on neighborhood enrichment projects. We’re very excited to watch these walls come to life in ways that only artists can imagine.”
Princeton Shopping Center and ACP invite the public for a gathering in celebration of this new public art presence on July 9 from 6-8 p.m, where the artwork will be signed, signaling its completion.
The mural celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. with We May Be Right, a Billy Joel tribute band, along with family-friendly activities.