Arts in the Invisible City: Race, Policy, Performance

This course will study the role that the arts can and do play in Trenton: a so-called invisible city, one of the poorest parts of the state, but intimately connected to Princeton. Examining the historical and contemporary racisms that have shaped Trenton, we will hear from activists, policy makers, artistic directors, politicians, and artists. Readings will include texts about urban invisibility, race, community theater, and public arts policy. The course will follow the development of a new play by Trenton’s Passage Theater about desegregation in Trenton; students can also choose to assist in curating a show featuring Trenton artists.



News About the Course

Passage Theatre To Host Closed Reading Of ‘The OK Trenton Project’ On February 12” | New Jersey Stage, January 26, 2021

Spring Course Explores Racism and Trenton’s Art Scene” | Princeton University Humanities Council, January 15, 2021

In this Princeton course, close listening becomes a gateway to Trenton’s rich art scene” | Princeton University news, May 6, 2022



S01 — Nyssa Chow + D. Vance Smith

Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM


Nyssa Chow