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Let's Celebrate Black Artists

In honor of Black History Month, join the Mercer County Lawrence Headquarters Branch for a fun, hands-on program combining art and history. Each session will feature a different Black artist, such as Alma Woodsey Thomas and Faith Ringgold. Kids will get to learn about an artist and create their own artwork inspired by that artist’s techniques and methods. The whole family is welcome–these art projects are a good fit for any age! This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. Registration will begin Feb. 22 at 7 a.m. Please email or call 609-883-8295 to register.

Black History Month speaker series, "On the Margins of Intersectionality," at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Stuart Country Day School has partnered with the National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart to present the Black History Month speaker series, "On the Margins of Intersectionality."

February 23, 7-8:30 PM, "Building Black and Asian Solidarity: Remembering the Past, Acknowledging the Present, & Charting the Future.” Discussion with Vivian Wu Wong, the chair of the history and social sciences department at The Milton School in Milton, MA.

Click here to register.

Don’t leave any money on the table this tax year. Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes joins the NJ Department of Treasury in encouraging eligible taxpayers to take advantage of New Jersey’s expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (NJEITC) program, which can provide anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars in relief to those who are eligible. Legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy as part of last year’s budget lowered the minimum age eligibility for the NJEITC from 21 to 18 and to those 65 and older without dependents, which is projected to help another 90,000 residents.

For tax year 2021, New Jersey taxpayers could receive a refundable credit of up to $2,691 with qualifying dependents or $601 without dependents. The maximum credit available for workers without dependents has nearly tripled from previous years thanks to provisions expanding the federal EITC in the American Rescue Plan. The qualifications are as follow:

  • Meet all qualifications for the federal earned income tax credit, except for the minimum age requirement;
  • Be a resident of New Jersey who works or earns income;
  • Have a qualifying child or be at least 18 years old;
  • Meet the income limits for their filing status;
  • Have a valid Social Security number (this includes spouses and any qualifying child listed on the tax return).

For information, go to

The Subway by David Meadow, DivaISH by Felicia L. Reed, Troubled Water by Brandon Moultrie at the Beloved Community exhibition

Manifesting Beloved Community

In partnership with Art Against Racism, a 501(c)3 organization, this exhibition invites artists to explore what it means to live in a nation or world designed around social and economic justice without the ills of structural racism. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Beloved Community” represents a global vision where all people share in the wealth of a healed planet. Submissions that speak to or re-envision society’s transformation into a world of healthy people, relationships and communities in personal or public contexts were encouraged. Works on paper/canvas, 3d works, digital media, videos, music compositions, text-based works, documentation of community actions, zines and performative actions/their scripts, were all welcome. The exhibition will be held at the West Windsor Arts in Princeton Junction and online. Please click here for more information. Selected work will also be shown in online galleries at

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