2022 has not been an easy year at Princeton or at The Daily Princetonian by any means. Even through the most difficult moments, I’ve found myself in awe of the passion and care our writers and editors bring to their coverage of arts and culture in The Prospect.
A look back on our work this year illuminates just how profoundly these things — arts and culture on campus — have been a part of making sense of this difficult year. Questions of love, of identity, of belonging, of celebration, of reclamation, of purpose, of joy, and of course, of grief, have been tackled by the art and voices featured in our pages.
And the response to this coverage has not gone unnoticed: An email sharing how our work echoed the sender’s frustrations with the demands of this school’s culture. Another thanking us for offering some solidarity in their grief. Messages of appreciation from our readers, seeing themselves, their passions, and their struggles, showcased in our pages.
These messages speak to one of our most essential motivations as a section of the ‘Prince.’ They reflect our hope to foster a broader sense of community through arts and culture at Princeton — people tied together through our pages, in solidarity as we progress through this campus. It is together, in moments of care and compassion, in joint exploration and interrogation of our art and our lives, that we have pushed through a difficult 2022.
As we look back on 2022, we also celebrate the year to come. Here’s to a new year — together.