Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Arts Council of Princeton and Eden Autism Partner to Increase Arts Accessibility

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) and Eden Autism are proud to announce a new joint program that brings hands-on art to adults with autism. The 12-week trial, which ran over the spring and summer of 2019, has been extended and will now meet weekly at the Art Council’s Paul Robeson Center the Arts in downtown Princeton. Approximately eight of Eden’s participants will take part in the program.

“Our mission of ‘Building Community through the Arts’ is strengthened with each new partnership,” noted ACP Interim Executive Director Jim Levine. “This partnership extends the joys of creativity and self-expression to adults who may not otherwise have this opportunity at home.”

Professional instructors lead participants through weekly hands-on classes.  Participants are joined by their support staff, who assist the teaching artist on staff.

“We're very fortunate to have forged a meaningful relationship with the Arts Council of Princeton. Our partnership not only allows our participants to learn new skills, but it shows the community how much individuals with autism can accomplish when they are given the support and opportunities to succeed,” says Michael Decker, President and CEO of Eden Autism Services. “The Arts Council’s staff are caring, professional instructors with a keen sense of the needs and abilities our participants bring to the class.”

“What I find most impressive about this program is that people with a disability who might not otherwise get the opportunity, are learning from professional teaching artists,” noted the mother of a one of the participants. “It’s so impressive what my son has achieved. He’s worked in painting, pottery, textiles, and really enjoys the chance to create.”

The new program, which began on September 9, is open to Eden’s participants.  Volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please visitartscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777.

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. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.