A little more than two years ago, the Trenton Arts Endowment Fund was created by Trenton residents David Henderson and John Hatch because both feel strongly that the arts help make Trenton a great place to live, work and visit.
In the City, there are an incredible number of start-up and well-established arts organizations, compelling arts projects, talented artists and cutting-edge ideas playing out.
The concept of the Trenton Arts Endowment Fund is to support the extraordinary arts scene in the City through operating and project support.
The Endowment will support Trenton’s arts organizations – both emerging and established – while working to preserve the history and culture of the vibrant Trenton community. In the civic life of Trenton, the arts serve a crucial purpose: When the arts thrive, Trenton thrives!
The Princeton Area Community Foundation, with funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, is supporting this vision with a $75,000 challenge grant. This is a matching grant: We need to raise $75,000 to receive this extraordinary donation to the Trenton Arts Endowment Fund!
We are asking everyone who has the future of Trenton in their hearts and minds to embrace the idea of the Trenton Arts Endowment Fund.
During this time of national social unrest amid the global pandemic, filled with cries of righteous protest and demands for accountability, there has been renewed pride in the Trenton community, its respect and support for one another and its dreams for the future. The economic, social, civic and artistic vitality of Trenton has the ability to be an inspiration to the nation.
This is Trenton’s time, and the arts will play a striking and significant role in Trenton’s future.
We hope you will support the Trenton Arts Endowment Fund and contribute generously to support this arts grant program. You can start by donating to the Endowment here.
We have an initial goal of $10,000; when this is raised, the first $10,000 match will be credited to the Trenton Arts Endowment Fund, doubling your donation to the arts in Trenton!
With tremendous gratitude,
Advisors to the Trenton Arts Endowment Fund
John Hatch June Ballinger Dr. Maurice Hall Craig Shofed
David Henderson John Clarke Cate Litvack Edwin Torres