By Donald Gilpin
The Arts Council of Princeton's (ACP) Communiqué ArtsFest will return for the 49th time on Sunday, April 28th, from 7:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with over 225 stalls, original art and contemporary crafts, a wide variety of culinary delights and live performances -Entertainment.
Presented in collaboration with Princeton University students and Princeton University, the community features artists, art activities, and ongoing live performances on seven downtown theaters and on the campus.
The most popular artists include The Blue Meanies, Essie, the Fiesta Flamenco by Lisa Botalico, the Princeton School of Rock and The Shaxe.
The ACP offers many opportunities for the creation and appreciation of art, with the possibility to build "Make a Mess" tent on recycled Palmer Square Green besides "watercolor", "drawing" and "clay" projects.
Live art demonstrations on Palmer Square Green show wood paints with Sean Carney, acrylic paint with Fran Eber and Plein Air oil paintings with Barbara DiLorenzo. The tradition of chalk murals continues, with local artists on the sidewalks of Palmer Square.
At the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, ACP ceramic studio artists turn the potter's wheel and turn clay into pottery.
Paint Out Princeton, professional artists and other talented painters scattered throughout the city with their easels will be busy with Plein Air painting and capturing the magic of the community on their canvases.
For many of the estimated 40,000 visitors a year, the biggest attraction for this largest and longest running cultural event in Central New Jersey is the exceptional selection of food in the stalls sponsored by local restaurants.
It's not easy to serve thousands of hungry guests, but Heather Embers, Mediterra Restaurant and Taverna Events
Coordinator reported on the plans of Mediterra to serve Paella and Sangria. "Each paella pan has a circumference of 36 inches and serves an average of 50 guests," she said. "For the Communiversity we will make 36 pans, enough for 1800 people! Our chef prepares 180 pounds of shrimp and 99 pounds of Calaspara rice. Our classic paella also includes calamari, scallops, chorizo, chicken, peppers and corn. We also serve delicious red sangria – 72 gallons! "
"Communiversity ArtsFest celebrates and showcases the talents of many local artists as it inspires and unites our community and visitors through art," said Jim Levine, Executive Director of Interim ACP. "The revenue from Communiversity allows us to offer a range of responsive and accessible art programs for the diverse population of the Princeton area."
Sponsors of the community include AT & T, Baker Auto, Princeton Garden Princeton, the Princeton Garden Theater, and many others listed on artscouncilofprinceton.org.
Parking options include Garages Chambers, Hulfish and Spring Streets, as well as Princeton University parking. The streets are closed at 11:00. A complimentary shuttle bus, sponsored by the Princeton Shopping Center, is open throughout the event for all who park at Princeton Shopping Center.
This year, an additional bike parking service has been added with two available locations, one at the HiTops car park at N. Tulane Street and one at 4 Mercer Road near Nassau Street. Visitors to the community can go for a walk or ride a bike.
Communiversity encourages participants to share their photos with the official event hashtag: # communiversity2019. For the first time, a Communiversity ArtsFest app, designed by Junior Caleb Dubow of Princeton High School, is available on the App Store or Google Play.