Bring on the JOY!

A few years ago, the Brookings Institute examined the importance of “third spaces,” referring to sociologist Ray Oldenburg’s concept of “joyful association in the public domain.” (The first space being home and, second, the workplace). People seeking comradery and connection will most likely find it in third spaces.

The Princeton Shopping Center, especially our courtyard, serves as a canvas for communal experiences that are transformational for the soul. Be it through music, dance, film, art, or cultural + literary events, everyone is welcome to safely flex their social muscles.

Cohesive communities are more relevant now than ever and public art activates landscapes in unique ways that spark dialogue and encourage people to authentically connect. An important part of our mission is to collaborate with embedded organizations like the Arts Council of Princeton on neighborhood enrichment projects.

As long-time partners, we’re so pleased to share with you the result of our most recent collaboration to bring much-needed light, hope + joy.

See our Bring on the JOY mural on the courtyard wall next to Smith’s Ace Hardware. Tag us in your pics @princetonshoppingcenter

Painted by Arts Council of Princeton Artists:
Maria Evans
Melissa Kuscin
Lisa Walsh
Fiona Chinkan
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