Monthly Archives: January 2018
Arts Ed NJ’s THE BEAT. January 2018
Committee Member Spotlight with Lora Marie Durr AENJ
AENJ has been busy planning events for NJ’s art educators!
January 20, 2018, is our annual Breakfast and Workshop at Middletown Arts Center, showcasing 2017 division award winners lessons.
Alicia Bynoe, Liberty Corner Elementary School will share a lesson on Brianna McCarthy inspired portraits.
Larissa Danowitz, Overbrook High School will share a lesson on Adinkra symbols.
Morgan Devlin, Ocean Township High School will share a lesson utilizing the art elements and principles of design to create paper sculptures.
On January 20, AENJ will host their first “Emerging Leaders Summit” at Middletown Arts Center to provide information on AENJ leadership opportunities. If you are interested in joining us, contact AENJ President, Dr. Jane Graziano at email@example.com.
In February, AENJ will sponsor an event at the Montclair Art Museum featuring the work of Kay Walkingstick. For this and all upcoming professional development opportunities visit our website: www.aenj.org/event/.
New to our website, is the Members’ Spotlight! Our first member to receive recognition is Maria Francisco of PS23 in Jersey City. To learn more about Maria or to nominate an AENJ member who deserves recognition, visit http://aenj.org/advocacy-learning/members-spotlight/.
AENJ proudly announces 2018’s Youth Art Month Design Contest winners:
- Shubhika Sethi, Grade 8, Washington Middle School, Harrison School District, Hudson County
- Ying Chow, Grade 5, Sherman Elementary School, Roselle Park School District, Union County
- Irving Adame, Grade 12, Haddon Township High School, Haddon Township School District, Camden County
- Emily Mah, Grade 12, Lawrence High School, Lawrence Township School District, Mercer County
- Kirsten Ehrenberg, Grade 5, Long Pond School, Andover School District, Sussex County
- Nathalie Whitehead-Nudd, Grade 8, Union Township Middle School, North Hunterdon School District, Hunterdon County
- Daniel Hill, Grade 7, Glenfield Middle School, Montclair School District, Essex County
This year, Sargent Art provided generous prizes for these students and their art teachers! Join us March 9 for a reception honoring YAM artists at the NJ Statehouse, Trenton. To get involved with YAM visit http://aenj.org/yam/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Lora Marie Durr
Guest Blog with Miss Atlantic Shores 2018
For as long as I can remember, I have been involved in the arts. A comprehensive arts education was at the center of my young life. I grew up at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, and every day was a new adventure. I took private lessons in dance and music, and eventually went to the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy, which is an arts high school made available to high school students in Ocean County. Throughout my academic career, I maintained a 4.0 average, was able to take all advanced classes in middle and high school, and get involved in various extracurricular activities. I graduated high school with 160 credits, when the New Jersey standard is 120 credits. Currently, I have the privilege of serving New Jersey as Miss Atlantic Shores, which is a title in the Miss America Organization.
Throughout my year of service, I have been promoting the importance of arts education, and how it can shape a child into a well-rounded member of the world. I have spoken at schools and public events, empowering children and young adults with their personal power, and how they can grow that power through the arts. I aim to be a role model for children who want to get involved in the arts, but may be afraid of trying something new. Access to the arts can supplement a traditional academic curriculum, and studies have shown that children who participate in an artistic class or club have scored higher on standardized testing. More than that, though, the arts encourage children to express themselves. Young people yearn to have a voice, and an artistic outlet can help them discover that voice. The world we are creating is creative and forward-thinking, and we need strong, impassioned individuals who will make a change. That confidence and drive is garnered at a young age, and I have seen firsthand how the arts can help foster that confidence.
I strive to be the example that an arts education can help you leaps and bounds, regardless of whether or not you continue into an arts related occupation. My goal is to show young people that armed with an arts education, they will realize how powerful they really are. I truly believe that once involved in the arts, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. The world is at your fingertips, you have to decide when you’re ready to take it.
Guest Blog by Christa Steiner is, first and foremost, a Jersey girl! Born and raised in Beach Haven, she is a member of the inaugural Musical Theatre Program at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She has performed with Kristin Chenoweth, Norm Lewis, and most recently, with Megan Hilty at Carnegie Hall. She is the Manager of the Show Place Ice Cream Parlour in Beach Haven, as well as the Social Media Director of Surflight Theatre. She currently holds the title of Miss Atlantic Shores 2018, and uses her title to promote the importance of arts education with her platform, ART for smART. She will be competing for the title of Miss New Jersey 2018 in June.
ARTS ED NJ RELEASES TITLE I SUPPORT WEBSITE FOR SCHOOL LEADERS
New Resource Demonstrates the Use of Arts Education to Achieve Title I Goals
This month Arts Ed NJ, in cooperation with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey Department of Education, and New Jersey’s Foundation for Educational Administration, launched an interactive website devoted to demonstrating how arts education has been embraced as an effective strategy for achieving the goals of Title I. By featuring successful models and examples, the website, NewJerseyTitle1arts.org, is designed to be a statewide resource for districts in New Jersey seeking to learn more about how to harness the power arts education.
The launch of the website makes it easier for district leaders to identify how the benefits of arts education are compatible with Title I programs and explore the ways that arts programming can be designed to improve educational outcomes. Arts strategies have been utilized to address the four pillars of Title I: Student Learning and Mastery; School Climate and Culture; Student Engagement; and Family and Community Engagement. Making connections between Title I goals and arts learning clear, and more accessible to all via the website increases the likelihood of statewide impact. Every page identifies resources to assist administrators and teachers with critical steps throughout the stages of planning, implementation, and assessment that lead to student success.
“This innovative website will provide New Jersey educators with the research, resources and best practices to demonstrate the strength of arts in supporting Title I goals, remarked Dr. Mary Reece, Director of Special Projects at New Jersey’s Foundation for Educational Administration.
With growing research and case studies demonstrating how arts integration has been instrumental in achieving Title I goals, New Jersey has reached an inflection point. This is consistent with states such as California and Arizona, who have also pioneered the use of arts education as a strategy for achieving Title I goals. New Jersey now joins with these states as the development of successful models continues across the United States.
NewJerseyTitle1arts.org is a project of Arts Ed NJ—the unifying organization and central resource for arts education information, policy and advocacy in New Jersey and was funded by a grant from the Hyde and Watson Foundation.
The site was developed in collaboration with the California Alliance for Arts Education, now in its fifth decade of working to build a brighter future for the state by making the arts a core part of every child’s education.
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