As one enters or leaves the Capital City they will cross a bridge with the slogan “Trenton Makes the World Takes” emblazed with neon lights on the side. The colorful décor of the lights signifies how today “Trenton Makes and the World Takes” Art.

On November 3rd you can witness this first hand as Art All Day takes over the Capital City. Now entering its seventh year, Art All Day is Artworks Trenton’s annual open studio tour where several artists and projects are showcased as a whole.

Photo: Jared Kofsky for Jersey Diggs

The event features a continuous loop  around Trenton’s creative district that you can take part in via a trolley that circles every 15 minutes. Patrons can also traverse the city and see all the arts by guided walking, bike, and bus tours to see all of Trenton’s diverse and unique artists and projects.

The event is headquartered at Artworks Trenton where you can grab a bite to eat, look around, and snatch a map before heading out on your artistic journey.

Nam June Paik – A highlight of Art All Day 2018 will be the special tour and lighting of “PBS (1963-2000)”, the multimedia sculpture by internationally-known artist Nam June Paik, located in the lobby of the former NJN building on East Front Street. Known as “the father of video art”, Paik created his only public art piece in New Jersey – a unique installation of televisions, neon tubes, and other materials – in 1973. Artworks is currently leading the work to restore and relight the piece, with special support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Analog Trenton (750 Cass Street) – A project that aims to record Trenton’s music scene on analog equipment, will be recording local singer-songwriters live at Trenton Coffee House & Records.

LALDEF (716 S. Clinton Avenue) – The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, will showcase its new headquarters in Chambersburg with exhibits by two Latina artists, Tamara Torres and Ivelisse Ojeda Nieves.

Photography, paintings, collage and performance art that explores racism, women’s rights, and injustice intertwined with Tamara Torres personal stories.

Special all-day demonstrations will be held on 18th century tailoring (the Old Barracks, 101 Barrack Street) and blacksmithing (the Blacksmith of Trenton, 334 North Olden Avenue). Check out this article to learn more about the Blacksmith Shop of Trenton. 

BSB Gallery (143 East State St)- The BSB Gallery is Trenton Downtown Association’s (TDA) latest contribution to the Creek to Canal Creative District (C2C), Trenton’s first arts and cultural district. This new space is a platform to promote and recognize all the extraordinary art being created in the Capital City.

West Street Arts (40 West St) – A new artists compound in the ‘Burg where stencils, spraypaint, music and bikes abound. Features art produced by Lank, Lori Johansson, and Wills Kinsley (artworks in order below).

These are just some of the many artists and stops one will make during Art All Day. Other stops include Base Camp Trenton, The Roebling Gallery, Championship Bar and Music Club, the Garden at Roberto Clemente Park, the 1719 William Trenton Museum, and Zienowicz Sign Co.

To learn more about the artists and sites involved, and to view the map for Art All Day, visit


Art All Day

November 3rd; Noon – 6 p.m.

Starts at Artworks Trenton; 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, NJ 08611

(609) 394-9436


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