TAKING IT TO TRENTON: Violinist Stefan Jackiw’s visit last year with the Trenton Central High School Orchestra was an impetus for Princeton University’s new Neighborhood Project, which expands collaborations in the arts and other areas between the University and the capital city. The University has established a full-time position to oversee the new focus linking Trenton and the campus community. (Photo by Sonya Isenberg)
By Anne Levin
When famed orchestra conductor Gustavo Dudamel took part in a residency at Princeton University in 2018-2019, he made sure to work meaningful time with young music students in Trenton into his busy schedule. The positive impact of these collaborative sessions was felt not only by the students in Trenton, but also by members of the University community — so much so that a formal program has been launched to take it to the next level.
The Neighborhood Project is a five-year pilot program between Princeton University Concerts (PUC) and Trenton Central High School. This educational initiative is designed to connect well known musicians on PUC’s series with students from neighboring, low-income communities. It is a collaboration with Trenton Arts at Princeton, supported in large part by The Gustavo Dudamel Foundation.
Students this season are getting the opportunity to study and interact with professionals including violinist Stefan Jackiw, pianist Conrad Tao, and tap dancer Caleb Teicher. As the program unfolds, the University is seeking a full-time person focused solely on facilitating work not only with Trenton, but with surrounding areas of Mercer County where there is need. The job is advertised on the University website as assistant director for regional affairs, based in the Office of Community and Regional Affairs. It was posted in December. more