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Arts Council of Princeton is Launching "Sew Many Masks" - Making Cloth Face Masks for Donation

PRINCETON, NJ -- With the new recommendation that everyone should wear a non-surgical mask when they go out in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) is launching "Sew Many Masks."  

The Arts Council has set up a process for community members to lend a hand and help increase the supply of masks by cutting fabric into patterns for mask making or sewing the fabric into face masks. The completed masks will then be available for pick-up for those who need them. Details on participation can be found on the Arts Council website: artscouncilofprinceton.org.

"We must all still follow the stay at home order, and staying at home is the single most powerful tool we have to control COVID-19,"says Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert. "But on the limited occasion when you need to go out, it is important to wear a cloth mask or face covering in order to help prevent the further spread of the disease. We are incredibly thankful to the Arts Council of Princeton for stepping up to coordinate a community mask-making effort so that everyone has access to a cloth mask."

Masks will be provided FREE OF CHARGE to members of the community. Pick-up details regarding material kits and completed masks is available on the Arts Council website.

Arts Council Interim Executive Director Jim Levine noted "The Arts Council of Princeton is uniquely qualified to spearhead this effort, as we have years of experience teaching people to sew, and this project fits beautifully with our apART together program.  We think this is a great opportunity for people throughout Princeton to lend their time and skills to help each other out."

For more information and updates, please check the Sew Many Masks Princeton Facebook page.  Specific questions can be directed to acpsewmanymasks@gmail.com.

Sew Many Masks is managed by the Arts Council of Princeton and is part of ACP's apART together virtual programming that has been created to stay creative and connected during this time while we are all physically distanced. Additional projects designed for a range of ages and abilities can be found on artscouncilofprinceton.org.

About the Arts Council of Princeton

The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, fulfills its mission of Building Community through the Arts by presenting a wide range of programs including community arts outreach, exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.  Visit artscouncilofprinceton.org for more information.

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