The Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Shopping Center to Unveil “Bring on the Joy” Mural


The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) and Princeton Shopping Center invite the community to a Mural Dedication Concert on Friday, July 9, at 6 pm in celebration of the recently completed artwork in the Princeton Shopping Center courtyard. Leadership from the Arts Council and EDENS will speak, in addition to Princeton Mayor Mark Fred and Councilwoman Michelle Pirone Lambros.

The outdoor mural celebration kicks off with We May Be Right, a Billy Joel Tribute Band, along with family-friendly activities in the shopping center courtyard.

The first in the series of three murals to be designed by a team of ACP artists came to life this month with a theme of “Bring on the Joy,” a message of positivity and hope after the challenging times we faced as a community. The mural series is scheduled to run through Spring 2022, each delivering a burst of renewed energy and opportunity to reflect on significant messages.

“We have received enormous support from our community for our murals that feature a positive message and energetic color palette,” shared Maria Evans, Artistic Director of the Arts Council of Princeton and one of the lead artists on the project. “When we first looked at our ‘canvas’ at the Princeton Shopping Center, we became so excited at the possibility of painting letters nearly 10 feet tall! Now that we’ve added bright, bold florals and subtle messages for viewers to find, we can’t wait to share this new artwork with you all on July 9.”

Maria Evans has been making art and assisting art making at the Arts Council for over two decades. Maria has grown the ACP public art program through artist residencies, murals, the Princeton Parklet, and other special projects, and strongly believes in expanding the “gallery” out into the landscape for our community to enjoy.

Additional artists responsible for the “Bring on the Joy” mural are Melissa Kuscin, Lisa Walsh and Fiona Chinkan.

Melissa Kuscin is a Princeton-based artist and Program/Marketing Manager of the Arts Council of Princeton. Melissa is driven by her belief in the power of art to make change, transform public spaces, and bring communities together. She often works with local businesses to add artwork, signage, and chalk design to their spaces. View more of Melissa’s work @melissakuscin.

Lisa Walsh, Lisa Walsh has been painting on walls since she painted her own bedroom when she was 13. She has been running her own mural business for 25 years. She also works at McCarter Theatre Center and Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, as a scenic painter. She teaches classes at the Arts Council in Princeton for children and adults. View more of Lisa’s work @atmospheric_designs.

Fiona Chinkan is a New Jersey-based artist who grew up in Princeton. Fiona began her signature style of drawings in 2001 to accompany graffiti lettering she was exploring at the time. Over the years, she has developed the lines and forms to express herself and interpret the world around her. View her daily drawings

About the Arts Council of Princeton

The Arts Council of Princeton, a non-profit organization founded in 1967, fulfills its mission of building community through the arts by presenting a wide range of programs including public art projects, exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population in the greater Princeton region.  To learn more, visit or follow @artscouncilofprinceton.

About Princeton Shopping Center

For more than 60 years, Princeton Shopping Center has been a true community gathering place. Its unique design boasts 40 local and national retailers, and a two-acre landscaped courtyard that is warmly referred to by community members as “the living room of Princeton.” Anchored by local and family owned McCaffrey’s Market, the center not only serves as a staple for goods but is jointly used as a neighborhood events space. Partnering with local organizations, the center remains a vibrant meeting place for residents and visitors throughout the year. For additional information about Princeton Shopping Center, visit or follow @PrincetonShoppingCenter.

For more information, please contact:

Arts Council of Princeton
Melissa Kuscin
609.924.8777 x 110 | [email protected]