The Paul Robeson Center for the Arts (PRC) in downtown Princeton opened to the public on June 5, 2008. The Michael Graves-designed renovation and expansion now offers 17,000 square feet of galleries, work space, and performance arts space. The building is fully ADA accessible.
Council of Princeton (the non-profit arts organization housed
in the PRC), is pleased to offer the spaces to members, Community
Partners, and local non-profits for rent. Income from small
gatherings to large receptions supports our mission of building
community through the arts!
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Anne Reeves Studio
communiversity room (before)
communiversity room (after, Provence Catering)
Barbara Boggs Sigmund Lobby
michael graves terrace
digital arts Studio
Anne Reeves Studio Second Floor
Named for the founding director of the Arts Council of Princeton, the Anne Reeves Studio is primarily for our Artist-in-Residence program, but we are pleased to offer this space for rent when it is available. This room houses a large, round window that frames a picturesque view of downtown Princeton. Large wooden tables in the center of the room make it perfect for a conference, workshop, or other learning experience, but can also be cleared for a blank space as needed. The walls of this room are also used as part of our extended exhibition space.
Painting Studio Second Floor
The Painting Studio is located between the Anne Reeves Studio and the Solley Theater, adjacent to the Theater Lobby. This space can be used for arts workshops or sittings. For events that are catered, this room is ideal for food staging and prep with a sink and ample room for tables. Double doors slide open for easy access to the Anne Reeves Studio.
Robert L. Solley Theater Second Floor
The Solley Theater offers state-of-the-art technology, sound, and lighting in a near-black box setting. Modular staging and seating allows many configurations in this venue. Six 12' windows with blackout drapes, a dropdown full-size movie screen, professional quality speakers, a performer's "green room," technical support, and a Steinway grand piano are also available for use in this space.
Theater Lobby Second Floor
The Theater Lobby is airy, with two walls of windows overlooking the sculpture garden on the Michael Graves Terrace, and is the home of the Arts Council's Video Lounge, showing audio and visual works of established and emerging regional artists. This space is used when the entire second floor is contracted for an event. The Theater Lobby can also be used for a bar or refreshment station or as a registration location for your event.
Second Floor Suite Second Floor
The Second Floor Suite (Solley Theater, Theater Lobby, Painting Studio, Anne Reeves Studio, and the Communiveristy Room) can be rented for large functions such as fundraisers, bar and bat mitzvahs, and receptions.
Barbara Boggs Sigmund Lobby
The glass enclosed rotunda makes for an elegant entry into the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. This space houses the reception desk, a video information monitor that can broadcast performances from the Solley Theater, and an interactive sculpture by artist Joshua Kirsch featuring the names of over 2,000 donors to the Capital Campaign. The lobby flows into the main exhibition gallery.
Peg and Frank Taplin Gallery
The Taplin Gallery is a museum-quality space for contemporary exhibitions, changing throughout the year. The Arts Council of Princeton's exhibition program explores pressing issues, promotes diversity, and honors the work of local artists. The inaugural exhibition Return: Home featured eleven New Jersey affiliated artists who addressed the theme of "home" through personal and cultural perspectives. For a current description of exhibitions, visit here.
Burke Studio First Floor
The Didi and Jim Burke Studio is a multi-use art space for children's classes and adult classes using a variety of materials. This space is ideal for team building art experiences and can be used as a breakout space in conjunction with other rooms.
Michael Graves Terrace
The courtyard area on the Witherspoon Street side of the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts was generously donated by Judith and William Scheide and named for Michael Graves, the Princeton architect who donated his design for the renovation and expansion of the building. Sculpture on the terrace will be changed every four to six months. This is a delightful space for brown bag lunches or breakout space for a seminar. For larger events, the terrace can be used as gracious outdoor space.
Digital Arts Studio Lower Level
Dance Studio Lower Level