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State of New Jersey

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Statement from Secretary of State and State Arts Council Chair on Tragic Events at “Art All Night”

 

TRENTON, N.J. – “Like so many across our state and nation, I was shaken by this weekend's tragic events in Trenton. Art All Night is widely known as a unique festival that brings residents and visitors of all ages together in creativity, peace, and fun - and these are exactly the things our capital city needs. We will continue to work alongside local and state officials to support safe, resilient communities that all New Jerseyans deserve,” said Secretary of State Tahesha Way.

“The Arts Council is deeply saddened by this weekend's violence at Art All Night," said State Arts Council Chair Elizabeth Mattson. "Our thoughts are with the victims and all those impacted by this horrific event. For the past 12 years Artworks has presented Art All Night, which has brought tens of thousands of people to our capital city in a celebration of art and community. Like so many arts organizations throughout the state, Artworks works tirelessly to revitalize, support, and honor its local community through the arts. The arts connect us while also providing diverse and vibrant ways to express ourselves. The Council understands the importance of having spaces to create and connect, and we will be an active participant in the conversation about ensuring that art spaces are safe spaces.”