Fundraiser to Support Artists and Local Families Experiencing Housing Insecurity
A wide selection of styles of original art comes to Princeton this spring to support a worthy cause – helping families in need in Mercer County. HomeFront’s ArtJam 2023 pop-up gallery will feature both the work of undiscovered artists who have been impacted by poverty and homelessness and professional artists.
The art event celebrates creativity and community, while proceeds benefit HomeFront and ArtSpace, HomeFront’s innovative therapeutic art program for those experiencing homelessness. HomeFront is a nationally recognized program that supports Mercer County’s families that experience or are at risk of homelessness by providing wraparound services including safe secure housing, life skills, support for children and basic necessities.
ArtJam 2023 will launch at 19 Hulfish St., Palmer Square, Princeton on Friday, May 5. More than 100 artists are represented in the gallery over the course of the show, which is open through May 27. The one-of-a-kind artwork for sale includes paintings, sculptures, pottery, glass, and hand-sewn items from SewingSpace, HomeFront’s sewing program.
“ArtJam 2023 brings together so many people who want to support the creativity of our HomeFront families. It is so important to build valuable skills in our clients,” said Ruthann Traylor, Director of Artspace, and its sister program, SewingSpace at HomeFront.
“Prior to our show, our volunteer curators look close to home and beyond to find new and established artists of all genres. This year, HomeFront put out a wide-ranging ‘call for art,’ an open invitation for artists looking to join its efforts. As a result, several wonderful new artists are participating in the show,” Traylor explained.
“ArtJam 2023 is an amazing experience, serving as a reminder of the creative spirit of both our client families and the community coming together to support the work that we do,” added Sarah Steward, HomeFront’s Chief Executive Officer. “The arts can lift spirits, empower our artists, and enhance their self-esteem.”
Steward continued: “We continue to be very grateful for so much community support to do the important work of serving families in need in Mercer County. This event is supported by many local businesses, community members, our volunteers, and artists who contribute their works.”
Recognized as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, HomeFront clients use ArtSpace’s studios both in Lawrence and Ewing to participate in art programs that help them work through trauma, find new entrepreneurial skills, and discover themselves as artists.
The ArtJam 2023 gallery located at 19 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ 08542, will be open between May 5-27 during the following hours: Monday-Wednesday: 10am – 6pm; Thursday-Friday: 12pm – 8pm and Saturday-Sunday: 12pm -6pm.
For more information on ArtJam 2023, ArtSpace, volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, contact Ruthann Traylor, (609) 883-7500 ext. 316, RuthannT@homefrontnj.org
ArtJam 2023 – At A Glance
Dates: Friday, May 5 – Saturday, May 27, 2023
Location: 19 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ
Gallery Hours: Mon-Wed: 10 am – 6 pm; Thurs-Fri: 12 pm – 8 pm and Sat-Sun: 12 pm – 6 pm
About HomeFront: Since its foundation 32 years ago, HomeFront has worked tirelessly to break the cycle of poverty and end homelessness in Central New Jersey and has served tens of thousands of local families. Started by an army of volunteers providing meals for families living in welfare motels, HomeFront has since developed a holistic array of wraparound services for clients who are either impacted by poverty or experiencing homelessness. HomeFront has been nationally recognized for its effectiveness in helping families get on the path to self-sufficiency and independence.
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