Founded in 1964 to offer professional support for artists, our predecessor organization, the Princeton Art Association, was located in that community until 1988 when it moved to Trenton and became known as ARTWORKS. During the 1990s and early 2000s, we offered exhibitions of regional artists in the main gallery; the program “Learning through Art,” developed by the Guggenheim Museum and funded by the Dodge Foundation was a partnership with Trenton Public Schools; portfolio preparation for Trenton Central High School art students; as well as a range of adult, children, and family visual arts programs.
Since 2007 there has been a stronger emphasis on Trenton residents and a commitment as an art center and catalyst for community interaction. The same year saw the birth of “Art All Night,” a twenty-four hour visual and performing arts festival that has become the premier public visual arts event in the region. Artworks’ art exhibitions, education programs, and our remarkable Public Art Program (which includes Art All Night and Art All Day and Art Making Day), provide a community-building bridge between the city and its surrounding suburbs, offering creative outlets and programs for residents as well as attracting people into the city for diverse and uniformly positive arts events. We believe that art is transformational to communities, and the changes that access to culture and creativity provide through the programs Artworks offers are critical to the Greater Trenton and Mercer County community.
Artworks, Trenton’s downtown visual arts center, promotes artistic diversity by fostering creativity, learning, and appreciation of the arts. Our exhibitions, workshops and events make art an accessible experience for all, building community among and between art students of all ages, professional and amateur artists, inner city and suburban residents, die-hard art fans and first time art appreciators.