Google notwithstanding, it’s nice to have some attentive readers to fact-check our publication. In the June 8 story on Bloomsday and its Princeton connections we downloaded an incorrect photograph to illustrate the celebrations of June 16, the day of the fictional action in James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”

Elissa Gordon, a reader from Whiting, E-mailed to tell us she “greatly enjoyed” the Bloomsday articles, but had to chuckle at the photograph on page 33 purporting to show Bloomsday in Ireland.

“Although I live in New Jersey now, I lived in Spokane, Washington, for many years, and I can tell you without a doubt that the photo is of the Lilac Bloomsday Run, held in Spokane on the first Sunday in May since 1977. The photo even shows a wall mural, modeled on a bronze statue by David Govedare, of Bloomsday runners. The statue resides across from City Hall.”

We also conflated some information about two Princeton literary figures, Saxe Commins and Laurence Hutton. Hutton, a Harper’s Magazine editor in the late 1800s, lived at 250 Mercer Street, where he entertained such luminaries as Mark Twain. Hutton (not Commins) called his house “Peep-O-Day” because of the celebrity hounds passing by.

#b#To the Editor: Impact of the Arts#/b#

The Arts Council of Princeton is most grateful to the organizations who have graciously surveyed recent events for the Americans for the Arts’ latest national economic impact study. The Arts Council of Princeton, Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, Richardson Auditorium, McCarter Theater, the Princeton Public Library, the Princeton University Art Museum, Westminster Choir College, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and Lewis Center for the Arts, have completed close to 400 surveys.

Approximately 20 arts and cultural organizations belonging to the Princeton Area Arts and Culture Consortium will be participating by the end of the year. In May, 2012, final results will report the economic impact of arts and culture in Princeton.

If you have attended an exhibition or performance in Princeton over the last several months and completed our simple, one-page questionnaire on the economic impact of arts and culture in Princeton, thank you! Please continue to support this important study with two minutes of your time. The information will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for aggregate data analysis only.

The Arts Council initiated participation in this study at a time when Princeton is undergoing a remarkable period of growth and change. Princeton University generously provided the funds to allow Princeton to be the focus community of this study.

This study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Americans for the Arts has conducted similar economic impact studies in more than 250 U.S. communities over the past 20 years. Their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus to support federal arts. This is the first time Princeton has participated in a national arts economic impact study.

Jeff Nathanson

Executive Director, Arts Council of Princeton

#b#$43 K for CASA#/b#

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Mercer County held its fourth annual CASA Kids 5K and Family Fun Run on Saturday, May 21, at the Princeton Pike Corporate Center. The event, co-chaired by Kathleen Kinka of Aurora Management Consultancy and Coleen MacNabb of Sun National Bank, raised over $43,000. We had over 270 runners and walkers, with the highest number of runners (81) from Team Tyco.

CASA recruits, screens, and trains volunteer advocates from the community to speak up in Family Court for the best interests of abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes. CASA volunteers are commonly referred to as the eyes and ears of Family Court and are committed to helping their “kids” find safe and permanent homes. At one point last year there were over 1,000 children in out-of-home placement (foster care and residential facilities) in Mercer and Burlington counties.

Mathematica Policy Research was our Silver Medal Sponsor; Bronze Medal Sponsors were Bracco Diagnostics, Diversified Rack & Shelving, Loftus Construction, Novo Nordisk, NRG and PSE&G; Pacer Sponsors were Brandywine Realty Trust, DJ Sully, First Choice Bank, Fox Rothschild, Nass-Tech Mechanical, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance, Ranco Construction, Sovereign Bank, Sun National Bank and Wilmington Trust.

We also extend deep thanks to our over 150 advocates, a number of whom volunteered their time on “race day.” Our next volunteer training sessions will be held in October. Visit www.casamercer.org or call 609-434-0050 to learn about upcoming introductory information sessions.

Randall Kirkpatrick

Director of Community Development, CASA

Lori Morris

Executive Director, CASA

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