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Communiversity Festival of the Arts Sunday, April 27

Princeton, NJ - On Sunday, April 27th from 1:00pm-6:00pm, the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) with the participation of the students of Princeton University and the support of the town of Princeton will produce Communiversity Festival of the Arts, a beloved town-gown tradition and a rite of spring in Princeton for over four decades.  The festival itself is a work of art--a colorful mosaic of moving parts and many people—local and student performers, artists and crafters, chefs, merchants, community groups and volunteers that make up the vibrant community of the Greater Princeton area. This year, Communiversity has expanded in both size and depth. A sixth stage of non-stop live performances has been added to accommodate some of the more than 40 participating groups of entertainers. Plus, the ACP will host artists in action throughout the day at several “street side studios”, the popular Paint-Out Princeton and a community-wide monotype art project called the MONO-thon.

 

Over 200 booths and six stages will occupy the event site: Nassau and Witherspoon Streets, Palmer Square (on the Green) and the University campus near Nassau Hall. Performance highlights for this year’s event include music by nationally recognized artists such as Wayside Shrines, Avi Wisnia, Luke Elliot and Swift Technique, to name a few. Also scheduled to perform on stage are a variety of dance performances and demonstrations including the ARB/Princeton Ballet School, traditional Indian dancing by Rhythms NJ and Flamenco dancing from Lisa Botalico and Fiesta Flamenco. New this year, are street level performance groups including a cappella groups, jugglers, and a drum and bugle corps, placed throughout downtown so that visitors will encounter art at every turn.

 

One of the goals of Communiversity is to inspire, engage and foster creativity among its attendees. To that end, the ACP is pleased to host several new initiatives designed to bring art into the forefront of the event. Street side studios will enable visitors to watch demonstrations and, in some cases, participate in the creation of art under the direction of ACP faculty members.

 

From felting to collage-making and from jewelry crafting to silk painting, visitors will be exposed to nine different techniques and media. Also new this year is the MONO-thon, a community-wide art project set up in the Hulfish parking lot that allows visitors to create monotype prints that will be assembled into one large piece of artwork. The Paint Out Princeton project was a huge success last year and will be back again this year with a force of 40 local painters in action, painting scenes of Communiversity. The masterpieces will be on display and open to the public on May 10th from 3:00-5:00pm at the ACP’s Paul Robeson’s Center for the Arts.

 

No community festival would be complete without an array of kids’ entertainment and activities beginning with the tradition and spectacle of Stone Soup Circus parading from Nassau Hall to the Palmer Square Stage beginning at 1:15 pm. Family-friendly entertainment continues throughout the afternoon on the Palmer Square Stage. Also on Palmer Square is the fascinating activity of sidewalk chalk painting. On the green, the ACP’s “Nana’s-Make-A-Mess” encourages children to express their creativity with an assortment of messy materials to make their own original artwork and a caricature artist will be on hand to create a personalized rendition of the aspiring artists. The University will also host kid-friendly attractions such as sports clinics, a pie-throwing contest, and a bounce house.

 

Communiversity takes place in the heart of Princeton where there are many street parking options as well as parking garages – the Chambers and Hulfish Garages can both be accessed via Chambers Street and the Spring Street garage can be accessed via Wiggins Street. The owner and operator of Princeton Shopping Center, EDENS, is sponsoring a Communiversity shuttle that will transport passengers from the shopping center to the festival entrance at the corner of Wiggins and Witherspoon from 12:30-6:30pm. Look for shuttle signage at the side of Sherwin Williams at Princeton Shopping Center and by the ACP’s Paul Robeson Center. Additional parking can be found in Princeton University’s parking lots. Visit www.princeton.edu/parking for details.

 

Communiversity Festival of the Arts is produced by the Arts Council of Princeton with support from the Town of Princeton, the students of Princeton University, and over 40 corporate and community sponsors. We thank our lead event sponsor, Delaware Valley MINI Cooper Dealers. For a full list of sponsors and more information, visit: http://artscouncilofprinceton.org/HTML/EVENTS/CV2014/2014CV_main2.html

 

The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. ACP programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.

 

For more information, contact Stacy Ducharme at communiversity@artscouncilofprinceton.org, visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org, or call (609) 924-8777.

 

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