24 Hours of Fun at Trenton Art All Night

What could make an event with art of all formats imaginable, nonstop live music, and dancing even better? If it’s free. On Jun. 20-21, from 3 p.m. to 3 p.m., Trenton’s downtown visual art center, Artworks, held the third annual Art All Night-Trenton at the 50,000 sf former Roebling factory building and Millyard Park in Trenton. KSS was an event sponsor and our Director of Sustainability, Andrew Tucker, AIA, was invited to present with other local designers and artists for MeSH 5 7 5.

Some people think Trenton is the wrong place to be at night, but as we approached the venue, the buzz of activity and excitement in the air dissipated any such notion. We joined the crowds ambling through the historic, open air space, marveled at the captivating–and sometimes random–artwork people must store somewhere in their homes the remaining days of the year.

Andrew presented on KSS’ numerous outreach programs around 11:30 p.m. as crowds continued to move through the space. Though the fast-paced 5-7-5 haiku format of the 5-minute presentation caught many speakers off guard, it helped keep the audience’s attention, and you had to embrace the short-but-sweet format.

This year’s Art All Night attracted about 7,500 people. Crowds comprising residents from a block away to visitors from out of state shared the warmth of the glowing fire pits, the beats of local bands, and savory food from local vendors. The event was a great opportunity for Trenton to shine. For 24 hours, the city beamed.