New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy spent almost and hour at Art All Night in Trenton on Saturday evening looking at art, listening to music, shaking hands and posing for photos with attendees, organizers and artists.
Thousands of people attended Art All Night on Saturday. Visitors were required to have their bags searched at the entrance, similar to security measures at sporting events and concerts. Many attendees enjoyed the atmosphere and said Art All Night felt like it has returned to its roots. The crowds were not as large as the previous few years, but were reminiscent of the earlier days of Art All Night when the event was more family oriented and the focus was on the arts.
Murphy recalled how he stood in front of the Roebling Wire Works building a year ago after the tragic shootings at Art All Night that left one person dead and 22 people injured. The governor called the return of Art All Night a triumph for the arts community, the city and the state, and promised that better days are ahead for the capital. Murphy said Trenton has an enormous legacy and great opportunities ahead, and that his administration stands with the city He also highlighted the importance of the arts, and the power of an event like Art All Night.
“Art is the measure of the soul of the community,” Murphy said as the crowd applauded.
Art All night runs until 3 p.m. on Sunday. Almost 1,000 artists of all ages and abilities submitted artwork for the annual event. The art is displayed inside the Roebling Wire Works building. The event also features live music, food trucks, a beer garden and art demonstrations.
Saturday there were no incidents at the event. Organizers decided last week to shut the event down from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. instead of running it for 24 hours, even though security was tight. Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora vowed that the event will return to a 24-hour schedule next year.
Editor’s note: We had planned to live blog the event, but did not have access to WiFi at the venue. We will post more photos from Art All Night after the event ends on Sunday afternoon.