Fundraiser to Support Artists and Local Families Experiencing Homelessness
September 13, 2021 – LAWRENCEVILLE – HomeFront’s ArtJam 2021 launches Friday, Oct. 15 and runs through Oct. 30, in Palmer Square, Princeton. The art event will bring life and color to an empty storefront by creating a pop-up gallery that combines undiscovered artists who have experienced homelessness, professional artists and the community in a celebration of creativity, inclusiveness and empowerment!
ArtJam 2021 benefits 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 housing and resources.
When you visit ArtJam, you can feel good twice! You can buy art you’ll love, and you will be helping a program you can believe in.
“This event is a labor of love by many supporters; our volunteers, artists who contribute their works, and local businesses. We deeply appreciate that the community comes together to produce and support this artistic, fundraising event,” says Ruthann Traylor, Director of Artspace, and its sister program, SewingSpace at HomeFront. “We have learned to navigate uncertain times, and we have proven over and over the arts can lift spirits, empower our artists and enhance their self-esteem.”
The pop-up gallery will feature more than 75 artists, and includes paintings, sculpture, pottery, and other original works. SewingSpace participants will be selling hand-sewn creations, too.
Connie Mercer, Founder and CEO of HomeFront, says, “HomeFront is a holistic program, which supports those experiencing homelessness, and the arts have been part of helping many individuals overcome poverty and achieve a stable lifestyle over the years. Now more than ever, we are immensely grateful for so much community support through donations, fundraisers and volunteer efforts.”
Recognized as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, 92 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to HomeFront’s comprehensive programs and services. In light of the economic strain imposed by the pandemic, HomeFront is serving more and more families under financial hardship. Clients can use ArtSpace’s studio located at their safe haven for homeless families to participate in art programs that help them work through trauma, find new entrepreneurial skills, and discover themselves as artists.
ArtJam 2021 will be using a satellite location at the HomeFront Family Campus in Ewing (the Blue Garage Gallery) to house a special collection of oversized artworks too large to display in our Palmer Square location. Please see our website – www.artjamnj.org – for details on the artists and pieces available for sale there.
The gallery, located at 19 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ 08542, opens October 15, 10 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. and will be open between Oct. 15 – Oct. 30, 2021. Gallery hours are: Mon – Wed 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Thurs-Fri 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information on ArtJam, ArtSpace, volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, contact Ruthann Traylor, (609) 883-7500 ext. 316, RuthannT@homefrontnj.org
Please note: Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, our plans may need to be revised. Please see our website www.artjamnj.org for the most updated information.
ArtJam 2021 – At A Glance
Dates: Friday, Oct. 15 – Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021
Location: 19 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ 08542and in the Blue Garage, Homefront Family Campus, 101 Celia Way Ewing, NJ 08628.
Gallery Hours: Mon – Wed 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Thurs-Fri 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Hashtags: #ArtJam2021 #FeelGoodTwice
Cutline: ArtJam 2021 – running Oct. 15 to Oct. 30, 2021 in Princeton and Ewing, NJ – features the works of more than 75 artists. Proceeds will help support the artists and HomeFront’s ArtSpace programs.
Since its founding more than two decades ago, HomeFront (www.homefrontnj.org) has worked to end family homelessness in Central New Jersey by breaking the cycle of poverty through the provision of shelter, and development of skills for a self-sustaining life and hope. HomeFront has developed a sophisticated network of supportive housing and social services for very low-income households who are either homeless or at high risk of becoming so.
For more information about how you can help, visit www.homefrontnj.org or call (609) 989-9417.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: RuthAnn Traylor, ArtSpace/SewingSpace Director, RuthannT@homefrontnj.org, (609) 883-7500 ext. 316