Trenton Arts Fund awards grants to seven area nonprofits

Trenton Arts Fund awards grants to seven area nonprofits

The Trenton Arts Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation has awarded $29,550 in grants to seven local arts, culture and history nonprofits, in particular their programs that support Trenton’s young people.

The following grants are being awarded, subject to final review:

  • Artworks Trenton Inc., $5,000 for its Youth Art League after-school, art-focused program for ages 9-16. Classes on gardening, mixed media art, drawing, painting, anime, sound and media, yoga, cooking, paper mache and movement are taught with help from the organization’s teaching artists and through its partnership with Isles.
  • Capital Harmony Works$2,500 to provide operating support for its ensemble music education program, which offers up to 15 hours of weekly programming, enhanced by students’ at-home practice time.
  • New Jersey Capital Philharmonic$5,000 to expand its educational outreach program, which brings musicians into Trenton schools, provides students with discounted and free tickets to performances, and offers free concerts in Trenton parks and pre-concert lectures.
  • Passage Theater Company, $5,000 to support educational programming, including student matinees and in-class postscript sessions to educate students on the dramatic themes; theatrical classes in local schools; and “Studio School” classes for ages 16 and older.
  • Trenton Circus Squad, $4,000 to provide operating support for after-school and summer classes teaching circus skills to help young people foster personal, emotional and social development. The organization partners with more than 20 Trenton-area youth organizations to offer free programming for students.
  • Trenton Museum Society, $3,850 for its “Trenton Forward: Youth and Arts Together” program. The grant will allow the organization to purchase materials and supplies for its partnership with Trenton public schools and allow it to expand its Saturday family art and museum exploration programs.
  • Trenton United Family Foundation Inc., $4,200 for “TUFF Digital Arts,” a 10-week series of lectures and workshops on photo editing and 3D graphic design for local 8th and 9th grade students.

“We are thrilled to help fund these arts organizations and programs in this city that means so much to us,” said John Hatch, who created the Trenton Arts Fund in 2018 with his husband, David Henderson. “Trenton has a rich cultural history, and the arts are flourishing in Trenton. With this round of grants, we are supporting Trenton’s tradition of creativity, and especially programs that support our young residents.”

Grants were made at the recommendation of the Trenton Arts Fund Grants Committee, whose members are local residents with backgrounds in the arts.

The Trenton Arts Fund is one of more than 450 charitable funds of the Community Foundation. To learn more, visit

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