Our mission is to bring performing arts events to Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton NJ, and make them as positively-purposeful and community-inclusive as possible

This grand stage can serve as an epicenter for community by utilizing the unifying power of the performing arts. We seek to identify and bring epic and purposeful performing arts to this epic venue - to encourage people outside of Trenton to visit the city, encourage residents of Trenton to attend, and provide opportunities for under-served communities in and around Trenton to attend so that they may experience powerful feelings of community inclusion and inspiration through the performing arts. Bringing people together is our foundation to help create purpose and broaden horizons for everyone who participates. 

If you would like to help, please support our events in any way you can, or sign-up to keep apprised of events and opportunities for sharing creative ideas and collaboration

We have completed two events (local composer Eric Houghton’s Pioneer Songs this past Nov. 10th, in collaboration with Westminster College and the Ewing-based Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble) and helped arrange the tri-Youth Orchestra Festival held on January 26, 2019- an opportunity for our regions talented youth musicians to build confidence and shine on the same stage of legends past. We also created the “Music and a Meal” program for Trenton youth to have a great day of community enriching experience at Patriots Theater, and are currently working on “Dress Up for a Night Out”- to provide the opportunity to obtain free fashionable clothes to attend cultural performing arts experience to those who may rarely or never get the opportunity to do so. We need help to make these efforts sustainable, as purposeful/inclusive as possible, and with finding (or creating) suitable follow-up programs for continued positive impact.

The exquisite interior of Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ

The exquisite interior of Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ

James Bushong, Founder & Director of the Patriots Arts Coalition, speaks about making performing art events more purposeful at the Patriots Theater premier of Pioneer Songs on Nov. 10, 2018

Everyone deserves the opportunity to be included and inspired by the performing arts!

Thank You to our local Press for helping us spread the message of community inclusion and inspiration through positively-purposeful performing art events in the grand Patriots Theater!

Thank You to our local Press for helping us spread the message of community inclusion and inspiration through positively-purposeful performing art events in the grand Patriots Theater!

Our first fundraising concert, Pioneer Songs, put our mission into practice with:

  • A powerful night of entertainment that told a deeply-human story through symphony and song

  • Collaboration between our areas prestigious arts institutions (Westminster) and the Patriots Arts Coalition to bring epic performance art to the grand Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton

  • Enabling mentally disabled patrons of SERV and children from HomeFront to attend Pioneer Songs for a night of joyful music and learning about US history through the performing arts

  • We raised funds for at least 100 children living in challenging circumstances in and around Trenton to have the opportunity to attend the tri-Youth Orchestra Festival in Patriots Theater on January 26, 2019 - working with the wonderful civic organizations of Millhill Child & Family Development, HomeFront, UIH Family Partners, Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, and Every Child Valued

  • Honoring those who have served, and continue to serve, to protect our freedom to enjoy the performing arts with the National Anthem and in the concert Program

Among the purposes that the Patriots Arts Coalition stands for is honoring those who have served, and continue to serve, to protect our freedom to create, enjoy, and be inspired by the performing arts.
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