About West Windsor Arts Council

Mission Statement
Board and Staff
Programming
Brief History of the West Windsor Arts Council
Partnerships and Collaborations

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) is to manage the West Windsor Arts Center and provide professional quality community arts programming in order to support, educate, inspire and promote the arts and art appreciation.

In addition to the mission, the WWAC has established the following guiding principles: WWAC programs will reflect high professional standards; high regard for cultural diversity; and equitable and fair payment for artists.


BOARD AND STAFF:

 

Board Members:

Elaine Gutterman, President
Bhavana Joshi, Vice President
Doreen Garelick, Secretary
Paul Cerna, Treasurer
Gary Chun
Kerri Hamm
Karen Schoenitz
Jeff Tryon
Lisa Weil
Karen Yee
  Staff:
Arin Black
Executive Director

Corinna Bisgaier
Director of Education

Kaveri Kalawar
Office Manager

Peter Bisgaier
Production Manager


PROGRAMMING
 
West Windsor Arts Council offers programming both at the arts center and at venues throughout the township. Art exhibits, classes and workshops, live performances, film and poetry events, and programs for teens, including open-mike nights, are held at the arts center.  Our audiences come from all over the tri-state area but most participants in classes and workshops are from Central New Jersey and Bucks County, PA.  We serve multiple age groups, diverse cultures and students with special needs.

Art Exhibits in the Gallery
WWAC offers six exhibits a year, with a focus on high quality, multicultural and diverse themes to showcase emerging as well as established artists from the region. The goal is to establish WWAC as a center for vibrant cultural and artistic interaction and expression and to enhance programming.

Live Performances
Music, theater and dance for all tastes are offered on our stage with our high quality sound system and lighting. Professional performers are selected by our programming committee.

Classes and Workshops
Classes and workshops are offered for all ages and abilities in dance, acting, visual arts, writing, comedy and more in the Florence Bell Hillier Studio.

Arts Programs at the West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market - May through October
The West Windsor Arts Council offers an informational booth throughout the months of the market’s operation, and features special events such as art exhibits, interactive craft activities and musical performances.

Poetry
Our annual poetry event features well-known and emerging poets and includes poetry writing workshops with professional poets. An “open mike” for members of the audience allows voices of poets among us to be heard.

Midsummer Music Series
Concerts for all tastes and all ages take place at Nassau Park Pavilion, West Windsor: Jazz, swing, opera, rock, folk and pop. Bring chairs and a picnic supper.

West Windsor Film Series
A new blu-ray projection and sound system as well as a screen was installed in the arts center in early 2011, greatly enhancing the well-loved film series WWAC established its earliest days as an arts council.

Autumn Arts Afternoon
Our annual hands-on visual arts festival in late fall, during which established artists interact with
the public of all ages, draws several hundred people each year to the Nassau Park Pavilion,
West Windsor.

Sunday Sampler Series
Our performing arts series focuses on multicultural programs and audience participation with the artists, who explain their art and interact with audience.  The series is presented during Sunday matinees and designed for all age groups.

Mercer County Juried Exhibition - The Gallery at Mercer County Community College.

West Windsor Arts Council gives a cash award to an outstanding West Windsor artist participating in the Mercer County Artists Exhibition.

INTROS/ Call To Service
An annual event bringing together the West Windsor Arts Council and other local arts and cultural organizations to introduce themselves to the public and to each other. The public is invited to explore volunteer opportunities at the West Windsor Arts Council, the West Windsor Arts Center and other arts and cultural organizations in West Windsor.


Rentals:
Our beautiful space is perfectly unique. Whether you’re having a wedding, organizing a corporate training or meeting, hosting a dinner party, or celebrating a birthday, we can help you transform the space to meet your needs.

The West Windsor Arts Center is located in the historic Princeton Junction firehouse at 952 Alexander Rd., West Windsor, NJ 08550. We are just 2 blocks from the Princeton Junction train station and less than a mile from Route 1 at the Alexander Rd. exit.

The building is handicap accessible and includes 19 parking spaces on site. In addition, parking for hundreds is available just a block away in the Wallace Road parking lot. All rentals include at least one on-site staff person and use of our 6 foot rectangular tables and padded chairs.  For more details


Birthday Party Packages:
  We make your child's birthday party a SUPER event.  Want to include an engaging activity with one of our professional teaching artists? Our packages include an age-appropriate activity in the visual or performing arts plus a party helper and all of your party supplies (cups, plates, tablecloths, etc.).   For more details



BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WEST WINDSOR ARTS COUNCIL
The West Windsor Arts Council began in the fall of 2002 when West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh and interested community members developed a plan to utilize the historic Princeton Junction Firehouse as an arts center. The Mayor’s Art Center Formation Task Force established the West Windsor Arts Council with a mission to establish an arts center at the old firehouse and provide community arts programming throughout West Windsor. Starting in early 2003, the volunteer group began to produce arts programs at various venues throughout West Windsor. A board of directors was created to oversee development of the new arts council.

In May 2003, the West Windsor Township Council, in response to a presentation and proposal from the WWAC board, voted unanimously to accept a resolution to establish a new arts center in the old firehouse, with management provided by WWAC. With the Township Council’s resolution as an official endorsement of the WWAC plans, the WWAC board filed for non-profit status and in January 2004 received the IRS’s determination letter declaring the West Windsor Arts Council a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization.  The West Windsor Arts Center opened its doors Sept. 25, 2010, and offers live performances, art exhibits, classes and workshops to the greater West Windsor community.

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS
Since we were established, we have been able to collaborate with a variety of West Windsor-based groups. We have worked with the Gallery at Mercer Community College for the Mercer County Juried Exhibition. We cooperate with the West Windsor Library, the Friends of the Library and the African-American Parent Support Group. We collaborate with several West Windsor-based arts and cultural groups including Opera New Jersey, West Windsor Historical Society and Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra.  And, finally, we have partnered with the West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market, where we regularly arrange for art shows, musical performances, and interactive art events as well as present information on the Arts Council to the public while the market is in session from May through October.

Contact us by email info@westwindsorarts.org, by phone at 609.716.1931, or visit us in person.

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WEST WINDSOR ARTS CENTER
952 Alexander Road (Historic Princeton Junction Firehouse)
West Windsor, New Jersey 08550
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