Posted by: groundsforsculpture | June 10, 2010

Art All Night- Trenton 2010

Art All Night, Trenton’s 24-hour visual arts extravaganza is fast approaching, scheduled to again animate the soaring Roebling Wire Works building on June 19th and 20th. So put paint to canvas, create that assemblage you’ve been thinking about all winter, tell the kids to take their best creation off the refrigerator, and make a note on your calendar to spend some time at Art All Night. As in years past, in addition to the art on display there will be music for all tastes, workshops, lectures, art demonstrations, great food and drink, and plenty more filing every minute.

Art All Night is produced by ARTWORKS – Trenton’s downtown visual arts center. This year the fun begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 and goes straight through to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 20. As always, any artist of any age, medium or skill level is encouraged to submit one piece of art of their own creation for display in a gallery-like setting. It is free to submit art and free to attend.

“Art All Night lasts for only 24 hours but based on the frequency of comments we receive throughout the year, one would think it happened every weekend,” says ARTWORKS Board Member and Art All Night-Trenton 2010 Planning Committee Chair, Anthony Coluccio. “Folks from all walks of life, hailing from suburban and urban locations, representing the rich and the poor, black, white, Latino and Asian, young and old, tell us of the colossal impact this one event has had on their impressions of Trenton, on their own lives and on their ability to believe that a better Trenton is possible. That may sound like an exaggeration but it’s really what we hear,” says Coluccio.

Last year, Art All Night 2009 attracted over 8,000 art enthusiasts from as far away as Maryland, Washington D.C., Connecticut and New York. Whether as an artist, a visitor, or as a major sponsor, there are as many ways to be a part of Art All Night as there are people who attend this uniquely positive and creative event that showcases the vitality of New Jersey’s Capital City.

“We think Art All Night has struck a nerve,” says ARTWORKS Board Member and Art All Night-Trenton 2010 Graphic Arts Director Joseph Kuzemka. “It’s positive energy has restored hope in the possibilities within our city, and it lets people contribute to that positive energy and participate in a variety of ways, whether volunteering as staff, being a sponsor, submitting art, or just attending and having a great time,” says Kuzemka.

Art All Night rivals events at the Waterfront Park and the Sun Bank Center stadium for attracting guests to Trenton. In 2009, 28% of attendees lived in Trenton, 45% from Mercer County (outside of Trenton), and 18% from other New Jersey counties, and 9% from Metro NYC and Philadelphia. In 2009 over 650 artists of all ages, skill levels and mediums submitted work. This year, Art All Night 2010 predicts 10,000 to 12,000 guests and 1,000 pieces of art. So participate in the revitalization of Trenton and have a blast doing so. ARTWORKS views Art All Night as the perfect way to get to know what a great place Trenton is, and sees it as a springboard to involvement in other volunteer activities.

For more information and to see photos of last year’s festival visit: http://www.artworkstrenton.org/artallnight

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