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May 24, 2011

By Brianne Harrison Moore

Love art? Pick up a new piece and do some good at the same time during ArtJam, starting May 25 and continuing through June 12. ArtJam is a funky art exhibit featuring works by national and local artists, as well as clients of HomeFront’s ArtSpace, which helps the homeless rebuild their self-esteem and their physical and emotional wellbeing through the creation of visual art.

Proceeds from the sale of artwork at ArtJam will benefit ArtSpace and HomeFront. HomeFront aims to end homelessness in Central New Jersey by striving to increase the availability of affordable housing and also working with the poor and homeless to help get them back on their feet. HomeFront provides food and shelter to families trying to break out of the cycle of poverty, as well as education and employment for both children and parents. ArtSpace promotes self-expression, self-confidence, and socialization to those who are most likely suffering from low self-esteem due to poverty, homelessness, and abuse. The creative process can help people develop interpersonal skills, reduce stress, resolve conflicts, and manage behavior.

The show will be held at 19 Hulfish Street in Palmer Square in Princeton. The opening reception will be held Thursday, May 26 from 6-9 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the show but still want to help, ArtSpace is always in need of supplies like brushes, paint, watercolor and acrylic paper, canvas, beads, and gift certificates to Michael’s and A.C. Moore. There are also opportunities to volunteer by running classes or workshops. For more information, contact Art Coordinator Ruthann Traylor at

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