The Conservatory Mansion is more than an events rental venue. Our multi-level, multi-studio historic Victorian style mansion draws constant foot traffic for a variety of purposes. From weekly music and dance classes to band rehearsals to visiting the popular UTR exhibit, there is something here to interest all ages. Conservatory Of Music and Performing Arts Society (aka COMPAS), our non-profit entity headquartered here is involved with several community arts based collaborations. To learn more about each project, read below.
Arts for Any Given Child TRENTON Thomas Grice Academy of Music Leave 99 Outreach
Undesign The Redline Exhibit Tuesday Line Dance Band Rehearsal Studio
Garden State Agrihood Project Thursday Cha-Cha/Bop/2-step
Conservatory Of Music and Performing
Our non-profit entity, Conservatory Of Music and Performing Arts Society (COMPAS), is a network of artists, art and cultural orgs and businesses dedicated to offering area residents an array of cultural and performing arts experiences that heighten the quality of youth development, adult and senior programming, and that contribute to the revitalization of the City of Trenton. COMPAS is presently the Backbone org (or leading local arts organization) of ARTS FOR ANY GIVEN CHILD TRENTON.
Arts for Any Given Child TRENTON
In 2015, Trenton became the 19th of 27 sites across the country selected to participate in a prestigious initiative created by the Kennedy Center in D.C. Any Given Child requires that 1) community arts partners, 2) lead city officials, and 3) Trenton public school leadership work together to develop and implement a long-term arts education plan that will ensure that every student from grade K through 8 is given an equitable, quality and continual arts education, hence Arts for AGC Trenton.
Garden State Agrihood Project
The Garden State Agrihood Project enables Trenton youth and families to learn how to plant, pick, prepare and consume healthy produce using the Capital City Farm as its landcape. Additionally, the GSAP redefines the concept "urban farming" on an entire new level by placing equal emphasis on five significant areas of the farm: 1) Agriculture, 2) Land Conservancy and Preservation, 3) Arts and Culture, 4) Civic Engagement and 5) Land Acquisition. Click on the photo above to learn more.
Undesign The Redline Exhibit
UTR's WElab is a framework for unearthing our most deep, systemic and entangled crises. This interactive exhibit, workshop series and curriculum explores the history of structural racism and classism, how these designs compounded each other from 1938 Redlining maps until today, and how WE can come together to undesign these systems with intentionality.
Thomas Grice Academy of Music
The Thomas Grice Academy of Music is steeped heavily in Jazz influenced, improvisational one-to-one and group instruction. TGAM, named after the late, great alto saxophonist Thomas A Grice, provides a cohesive music program, giving students occasional opportunities to perform their skills at public affairs. The Academy's lead, teach, learn and perform model efficiently prepares urban youth for the music industry to lead productive lives with help from experienced professional musician mentors.
Thursday Cha Cha/Bop/2-Step Class
Instructor James "El" (aka Smooth Operator) Ellis offers group and private lessons for social organizations and is available for parties, weddings, fundraisers and couples night out. He also choreographs for cotillions. Cha Cha, Bop and Ballroom (Tango, Salsa) are his focus on Thursdays. Ladies must wear 2 1/2 inch (no higher) strapped heels for ankle support and enable them to slide and glide. NO RUBBER SOLES. Men must also wear shoes that slide and glide (NO RUBBER SOLES.) Dances are learned t
Tuesday Line Dance Class
Just when you thought you've mastered the latest line dance out there, Instructor Randi is ready to introduce the newest version on the dance scene. Exactly how many are there and how many can you name let alone do? Whether you are a beginner or you've been at it for awhile now, Randi's lessons are fun, lively, simple to pick up, and a great way to exercise and socialize. So now, what are you waiting for? Join in on the excitement every Tuesday and let's get to stepping!
Band Rehearsal Studio
A fully equipped, plug-in ready, affordable band rehearsal space is available for musicians and vocalists in need of practice time in a neutral location. Need to schedule studio time for your next gig? Call (609) 858-2279 and secure your space on our calendar.
Dance Rehearsal Studio
Looking for an affordable rehearsal space with mirrors that is large enough to accomodate small- to mid-sized dance troupes? The Conservatory Mansion is conveniently located minutes from the Trenton Transit Center/River Line and all major highways with ample parking available. Call today to schedule your next rehearsal, recital or instruction class time.
Leave 99 Outreach
Every first and third Sunday of the month year-round in our outdoor pavilion the Leave 99 Outreach Ministry volunteers feed, clothe and provide haircuts at the Conservatory Mansion under the direction of husband/wife duo Pastor Carlos and Jackie Zayas of Calvary Full Gospel Church, Fairless Hills, PA. CFG volunteers prepare meals, donate clothing, serve and pray for guests and free hair cuts are provided by local barbers.