Federal grant will help create arts district in downtown Trenton

By Jenna Pizzi | Times of Trenton July 19, 2014

 

"Uncle Al" Green, of SAGE coalition talks with visiting Mercer County Master Gardeners at "Ghandi Garden," a community garden on E. Hanover St. in Trenton, New Jersey, tended to by SAGE Coalition. The group started the garden to beautify the streets of Trenton. Michael Mancuso/The Times (See www.nj.com

“Uncle Al” Green, of SAGE coalition talks with visiting Mercer County Master Gardeners at “Ghandi Garden,” a community garden on E. Hanover St. in Trenton, New Jersey, tended to by SAGE Coalition. The group started the garden to beautify the streets of Trenton. Michael Mancuso/The Times (See www.nj.com

TRENTON — After years dreaming about the creation of an arts district in downtown Trenton, city officials this week announced a $50,000 grant to help get the project rolling.

Trenton and the Passage Theatre Company have received a federal grant to help facilitate the development of the district in the city’s Old Trenton area, which encompasses roughly nine square blocks of the city extending west from Route 1. The zone includes mostly housing, but also theater, fashion and other arts activities.

The $50,000 grant is funded through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program.

“We have been championing for a long time that the secret weapon that Trenton has yet to really exercise with all of its guns is making it an arts destination,” said June Ballinger, the Passage Theatre’s executive artistic director. “I think that we are poised now, that this is the best time to really utilize this and make this happen.”

 

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