On Monday, April 8, 2024, Mercer County announced that Artworks Trenton has been awarded a grant to design and install a mural on the wall of the State Prison on Cass Street.

Artworks Trenton is honored to be selected for the Cass Street Mural Project. Our proposal, “Breaking Barriers”, led by artist Jonathan “LANK” Conner, our Public Arts Project Manager, represents the collective vision of our team of Trenton artists -Leon Rainbow (Lead), Jose “Busta” Bustamente (Lead), Dean “Ras” Innocenzi, Dave “Mek” Klama, Alia Bensliman and April Cooper. Mirroring the city of Trenton itself, each artist will bring their unique heritage into the mural, in the letters spelling “Trenton”.

In the coming years, Artworks Trenton is working towards becoming the preeminent public arts organization in Central New Jersey.  This award represents another giant step in that direction. Further, this project embodies two of the pillars of Artworks’ – engaging the voice of the local communities in the public arts and fairly compensating Artists for their time and work. We are excited to undertake this project which will inspire and beautify our community for years to come.

Artworks Trenton is the capital city’s creative hub. Through our educational programming, exhibitions, events, and public art initiatives we connect and empower our community. To stay updated visit https://artworkstrenton.org/.


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