Thank you to the many donors who so generously contributed over eight million dollars to expand and renovate our Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, which opened in June 2008. Since that time we have been able to more than double our program offerings for our surrounding communities. Now, we must raise funds to pay off the remainder of our construction loan and continue to build programs and our endowment. To discuss your giving, including naming opportunities, endowed gifts, or planned giving, please contact Jeniah "Kookie" Johnson (609) 924-8777, x109. We would be delighted to work with you on gifts to honor family, friends, or mentors. We’re happy to discuss stock transfers or payment plans, too. Let’s get creative in funding the arts!
Burn the Mortgage is a short-term fundraising initiative with the goal of retiring our $1.9 million construction loan. We’re almost there. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous Guardian Angel in early 2012, we received $750,000 towards this effort (in addition to over $500,000 already raised). We’ve only got $750,000 left to match to permanently retire this debt. Each month we pay $14,000 towards the construction loan. Once this debt is retired, we will have the benefit of directing this money towards program expansion. We can hardly wait! Please help us with our debt relief and program expansion plans by making a gift to Burn the Mortgage before June 30, 2013.
The ACP Endowment Fund exists to help us attain financial security. Your gift will enable us to continue to bridge the gap from our current capital fundraising, which meets our short-term needs, to long-term planning, which has obvious benefits. 5 in 5, our current capital campaign, was launched in 2009, with a goal of raising $5 million in 5 years. We’ve raised over $2.5 million so far, with $400,000 being dedicated to endowment. We’d be delighted to speak with you about a gift to our endowment. Please contact Jeniah "Kookie" Johnson (609) 924-8777, x109.
Special Funds and Memorial Gifts
Listed below are funds that have been set-up for special projects, scholarships or memorial funds. Click on the DONATE button to contribute to any of the funds mentioned below. If you are interested in supporting outreach programs or specific exhibitions or performances, please contact Jeniah "Kookie" Johnson (609) 924-8777, x109.
Arts in Healthcare Fund supports Creative Aging, Art Techniques for Caregivers, artists at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, and other Arts Council programs supporting people with disabilities and special needs. We are pleased to launch the fund during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 2013) with "Feel Good Felting," a workshop specifically designed for breast cancer patients, survivors and supporters. This workshop is the pilot program for a series of related workshops offered at the Robeson Center and other locations in the area. Heartfelt thanks to Liz & Reid Murray and Debbie Schaeffer & Steve Ritzau for kick starting the fund.
The Lonni Sue Johnson Fund for Arts Education was established in honor of the accomplished artist and illustrator, Lonni Sue Johnson, who created signature designs for the Arts Council of Princeton in her early career. This is a forward-looking fund, designed to ensure the continued role of the Arts Council in providing quality arts education programming in our community.
Bruce Berenson Fund for Darkroom Photography was established in 2010 in memory of long-time ACP teacher Bruce Berenson. Donations to this fund are dedicated to support, promote and broaden the photography program. Initiatives include an annual scholarship for a beginning photography student and expansion of the darkroom photography curriculum.
The Laura Wooten Fund was established on the occasion of Laura Wooten’s 90th birthday in honor of her long-time civic commitment, as well as her generosity of spirit and greatness of heart. Laura has been a resident of the greater Princeton area for more than eighty-six years. She has worked the election polls in Princeton and Lawrenceville for more than seventy years, dating all the way back to when the election center was in the building which is now the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts.
The George Dale Scholarship Fund specifically provides children in the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood with scholarships for Arts Council classes, camps, and workshops.
Howard B. Waxwood Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for students of all ages for classes, camps, and workshops.
The Goldberg Fund supports the Goldberg Lectures Architecture series, established in memory of David R. Goldberg.
The ACP Facilities Reserve Fund was established in 2012 to address both anticipated and unexpected maintenance costs of the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. This fund goes a long way toward helping us maintain professional space for our classes, exhibitions, performances, and private rental parties and meetings. It is waiting to be named by a Guardian Angel, but open for contributions at any level.
Annual Fund and
Event Sponsorship Opportunities
Close to half of the Arts Council’s $1.5 million operating budget is funded through gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Thank you! We receive limited public funding and no municipal funding. For more information and a list of donors, please see our online Annual Report.
Annual Fund contributions are ongoing and provide direct, unrestricted operating support for the Arts Council. We rely on your annual contributions to help ensure that our programs are free or affordable and always accessible to everyone. Our Annual Appeal letter is mailed in November to allow donors to take advantage of year-end tax deductions. E-Campaigns are run at various times during the year to supplement our Annual Fund. Thank you for your generous support! To donate to the Annual Fund/E-Campaign, click on the DONATE button.
Membership is another way to support the Arts Council and the ACP Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for fee-based programming and funding for free community events. Members benefit from discounts on classes, workshops, events, and programs, and receive recognition in our Annual Report. Membership also includes the beloved ArtsCARD, which provides discounts at many local businesses. For benefits, levels and to become a member, click here. Please contact Vashtie Coefer (609) 924-8777, x110 with any questions.
Community Partners is a membership program for businesses, corporations and non-profit organizations. Community Partners often sponsor our annual gala fundraisers, our community events (including Communiversity Festival for the Arts) and specific programs. For levels, benefits and a donor list, click here.
For information on event sponsorships and “Community Partners” contact Jeniah Johnson (609) 924-8777, x109.
Fundraising Events occur twice a year, with Dining by Design in the fall, which supports educational outreach programs and Pinot to Picasso in the spring, which supports the Anne Reeves Fund for Community Arts Initiatives and Resident Artists. Support these FUNdraising efforts by attending or sponsoring a benefit event.
Anne Reeves Fund for Community Arts Initiatives and Artist-In Residence Program includes exhibitions, performances and educational programs in partnership with resident and visiting professional artists. Many of these programs are new initiatives designed specifically for the Arts Council’s constituency.
Community Arts Events are annually occurring free events for the benefit of the greater Princeton community. Sponsorship opportunities include Communiversity Festival for the Arts, Hometown Halloween Parade, Cinco de Mayo, Day of the Dead, Black History Month, Martin Luther King Day and more.
Donations to the Arts Council of Princeton are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Tax ID # 22-610-8090.