Outreach Initiatives

The Lewis Center’s outreach initiatives provide Princeton students with the opportunity to serve those in need through the arts.

Our aim is to engage with our surrounding community by sharing the arts resources of the Lewis Center and to connect with the greater Princeton area with a particular focus on providing children and young adults with enriching arts experiences.

These initiatives may include expanded access to campus and classroom activities, arts-related internships or volunteer opportunities, and “breakout” trips via the Pace Center that help Princeton students mobilize their creativity in the form of civic engagement.

Stay tuned for more details, news and events as our plans take shape. Students interested in outreach activities may contact Marion Young, Administrative Director, at youngmf@princeton.edu.

Past Events

20150301_134518Poetry Workshop

2014-15 academic year
Princeton student Ashlyn Lackey ’18 organized a poetry workshop for local high school students. In fall 2014, with the initiation of a new outreach initiative by the Lewis Center for the Arts to reach underserved youth, Lackey proposed the six-week program in which the teens would learn about poetry. She and other Princeton students mentored the teens in submitting work for writing contests. Teens were recruited for the program through Rosie Segovia, Education, and Outreach Director, for the Princeton Young Achievers (PYA).  The teens are exposed to different writers and styles of poetry including the work of Julia Alvarez, Archibald MacLeish, Frank O’Hara, and Brenda Shaughnessy.

Community Drum Circle

April 26, 2015
Community members were invited to play a bongo, dunbek, or djembe as part of a drum circle on the front lawn of Nassau Hall during Communiversity. Matthew Smith, a University student, led call-and-response playing, inviting participants to have fun while learning the basics of musicality.

Aerial Silk Workshop

May 14, 2015
Princeton University student Eamon Foley ’15, invited teens ages 9 to 17 to participate in a circus art workshop. The workshop elements included going through basic skills on aerial fabric, such as climbing, spinning, swinging, and learning how to hold safely onto the equipment. Participants were taught a dance combination that incorporated those elements and brought emotion into play as well. Zoe Brooks, certified in circus arts, helped lead the event. For more information, please contact Fanny Chouinard at fanny@princeton.edu or (609) 658-8296. Transportation is available for most events.

The Magic Rainforest: An Amazon Journeyrainforest-card-front-90x90-c-default

February 13 – 21, 2015: José Cruz González’s acclaimed play for children, directed by senior certificate student Maeli Goren ’15.  Learn more


March 11, 2015: A collaborative performance of work inspired by Shakespeare’s plays featuring Princeton students alongside residents of Trenton’s Triad House and Rainbow House, directed by Adin Walker ’16. Learn more

Kenya Film Screeningkenya-tiny

November 13, 2014: A screening of short documentary films created by students in the summer 2013 Kenya Global Seminar. Student filmmakers Kemy Lin and Lydia Cornett introduced the five featured films: The Matriarch, Curse of the Gazelle King, Nature’s Nurturers, Realignments: A Zebra Story, and The Lost Boys of Laikipia. Learn more

One-Minute Video Workshoporrk3fbskxe9rmf5lpx6

Christoph Geisler (Princeton class of 2004) taught a group of University students and area high school students the methods of the “MIMA Minute,” an editorial and creative technique for producing short, compelling films. Learn more

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