Investors Foundation and Artworks Team-up for Youth Art Education

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May 24, 2017

Robbinsville, New Jersey –Trenton’s Artworks, a non-profit visual arts center, and its classes, exhibitions, and events, make art accessible to everyone. Thanks in part to a $2,000 grant from the Investors Foundation, Artworks will be offering expanded programming to area youth.

Artworks’ Youth Art League and Teen Art League, according to Artworks Executive Director Lauren Otis, are free programs designed to “inspire the youth of our communities.” Otis said the programs now will be offered throughout the year and will give students a variety of classes in sculpting, drawing, collage, and more. He said the classes will be held in Artworks’ 40-foot-high skylight-lit classrooms on Saturdays from March through December. Youth classes are for ages 6 through 12, and teen classes are for ages 13 through 17.

Artworks applied for the grant from the Investors Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank.

“Art is for everyone, it influences everyone,” said Otis. “People often think that art classes are only important for those who wish to be artists, but those classes are important for those who want to be lawyers and doctors, or administrators, too. Art opens your mind up to a different way of thinking, and that can help anyone in any profession.”

Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and South Trenton Branch Manager Cecilee Abney presented the grant to Artworks’ Otis. “At Investors we recognize how art and art education can have a powerful affect on our youth. Encouraging students to explore their creativity and providing them with an outlet to do so can be pivotal for their future. Investors is proud to help provide those opportunities,” said Abney.

On June 17 and 18, Artworks will be holding its free “Art All Night” program, an annual 24-hour art extravaganza it started in 2007. Any artist is able to enter and display one piece of art for free, regardless of their artistic ability, age, or media. In 2016, more than 1,500 artists participated and 30,000 people attended the event, which is free of charge. In addition to the visual art, there is live music on indoor and outdoor stages, interactive art, a film festival, lectures about using art to revitalize cities, meaningful kids art activities, interesting food from more than a dozen food trucks, and as Otis explained, “Plenty of artful surprises!” The event will be held at the Historic Roebling Wire Works on South Clinton Avenue in Trenton from 3:00 p.m. on Saturday through 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Artworks is located on Stockton Street, between Front and Market Streets, in the historic Mill Hill district of Trenton. It is in a former Sears warehouse, which was acquired by the city of Trenton for a visual arts center in the mid-1980s. The conversion of the building into an arts center, with a large gallery, workshop/classroom areas, and artist studio space, won an Adaptive Re-Use Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association in 1989.


Photo Caption: Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and South Trenton Branch Manager Cecilee Abney (left) recently presented a $2,000 grant from the Investors Foundation to Artworks Executive Director Lauren Otis for the organization’s youth programming.

 About the Investors Foundation

Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing.  Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors.

About the Investors Bank

Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $23 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors’ banking services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

About Artworks

Artworks, Trenton’s downtown visual arts center, promotes artistic diversity by fostering creativity, learning, and appreciation of the arts. Artworks’ classes, exhibitions, and events make art an accessible experience for all. Founded in 1964 to offer professional support for artists, its predecessor organization, the Princeton Art Association, was located in Princeton until 1988, when it moved to Trenton and became known as Artworks. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Artworks produced exhibitions of regional artists in the main gallery. The program “Learning through Art,” developed by the Guggenheim Museum, was offered by Artworks to Trenton Public Schools, as was portfolio preparation for Trenton Central High School art students. Artworks also provides a range of adult, children, and family visual arts programs. For more information about Artworks, go to