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Green STEAM – STEM, the Arts, and Sustainability

Join us on April 29!
The New Jersey School Boards Association, in conjunction with the Perkins Center for the Arts and the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, are excited to present Green STEAM – STEM, the Arts, and Sustainability, an interactive workshop that places board members, administrators and teachers in the roles of designers, artists and engineers. This hands-on and highly interactive training opportunity will focus on implementing the arts and sustainability in STEM subject areas.

NJ State Teen Arts! UpComing Events

Visit the “Best of the Festival!” Artwork from the 2016 NJ State Teen Arts Festival currently on display at the Middletown Arts Center in Middletown, NJ


NJ arts education advocates plan activities across the state to help kick off multi-year initiative to increase participation in arts education in schools.

The NJ-based Arts Ed Now campaign will officially launch on September 12, 2016 during national Arts Education Week – with advocates featuring the initiative at local and statewide levels all week long.

Spurred by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP), NJ State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Americans for the Arts, Arts Ed Now is a multi-year campaign designed to increase participation in arts education in schools across New Jersey.

Studies show that students who participate in arts education do better in school and in life. The longer students are engaged in arts education, the better the outcomes are overall. To heighten the outcomes in New Jersey, Arts Ed Now is focused on increasing participation in every school in the state.

Unfortunately, not all NJ students have the same access to arts education to be able to participate at high levels – or increase existing participation. Despite state education standards, many schools lag behind in offering all four disciplines of dance, music, theater and visual arts.

To achieve better results, the campaign set the following goals by year 2020:
All NJ students will have access to arts education
Increase the number of schools providing more than two art forms
Increase arts participation in elementary and middle schools to 100%
Increase participation in high schools to 60%
Increase school engagement with community resources
Develop a statewide network of local stakeholders

In 1987, Governor Tom Kean signed the law creating the Literacy in the Arts Task Force to examine the state of arts education in New Jersey. “Arts Ed Now is the next generation of advocacy for excellent arts education in our state,” said the former Governor in a statement about the campaign. “I support this campaign and encourage everyone who cares about the future of New Jersey to engage, advocate, and do what you have to do to get results for the benefit of students everywhere.”

Arts Ed Now centers its strategy on helping arts education advocates become good ambassadors to advance the issue forward. Through a statewide network, Arts Ed Now brings people together to share information, stories and best practices for increasing participation in arts education. Local communities provide opportunities to test ideas for advocacy, which then get added to the overall campaign tactics and shared statewide for more powerful results overall.

Additional leadership for the campaign includes: Art Educators of New Jersey, ArtPride NJ, Dance NJ, NJ Department of Education, NJ Music Educators Association., NJ Principals & Supervisors Association/Foundation for Educational Administration., Speech & Theatre Assoc. of NJ, and creative partner Social Impact Studios. Additional partners include the Education Law Center, New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey School Boards Association and the New Jersey PTA. NJTV is a campaign media partner.

“So many people across the state are already doing great work to increase participation in the arts,” said Bob Morrison, Director, NJAEP. “We want to highlight those efforts and build on them to amplify the voices of those who care about arts education as strong local ambassadors with the help of Arts Ed Now.”

One such effort is the pilot community of Newark, NJ. “As a large local community addressing its own arts education needs, the Newark Arts Education Roundtable (NAER) is able to leverage the Arts Ed Now campaign to help ambassadors become even stronger advocates,” said Lauren Meehan, Director, NAER. “We are also able to provide the support as a pilot community to test and refine the statewide campaign tools – in an effort to serve as a model for other communities facing similar challenges as Newark.”

Arts Ed Now will officially launch on September 12, 2016, which coincides with national Arts Education Week. A spotlight focus on activities across the state all week long will provide a springboard for the multi-year initiative.

During lead up to Launch Week, advocates can learn more and download basic campaign materials on the pre-website ArtsEdNow.org. Arts education advocates can also get behind-the-scenes updates now on the Arts Ed Now Facebook Group. Printed materials are also available now for anyone who wants to launch Arts Ed Now in their school, organization or community. Campaign stickers, posters and fact sheets can be requested by e-mailing info@socialimpactstudios.com

The full “campaign central” website will re-launch to kick off Launch Week on September 12th. The full site is designed as an activation hub for everyone involved in promoting the campaign. Visitors to the site can see how their school stacks up in providing arts education and get active right away in the campaign. Practical tools on the site can help ambassadors raise awareness, change policy or create their own local campaign to make change. The site will also provide resources, stories and highlights of ongoing action by local ambassadors.

About the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership
The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP) is the unified voice for arts education in New Jersey. NJAEP was originally founded in 2007 as a cosponsored program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Department of Education and Music for All Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the Prudential Foundation, and ArtPride New Jersey Foundation. The mission of the NJAEP is to provide a unified voice for a diverse group of constituents who agree on the educational benefits and impact of the arts, specifically the contribution they make to student achievement and a civilized, sustainable society. Additional information is available at www.artsednj.org.

Download photos and infographics on the relaunched ArtsEdNow.org campaign central website starting September 12th.


Connect Arts Education Conference – September 21, 2016 @ Grounds for Sculpture

‪#‎ArtsEdNJ‬ save the dates! Registration opens August 12 for the 2016 Conference September 21. See you there!!

NJ Students & Educators to be Honored for their Creativity, Talent and Leadership at 36th Annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education

The honorees have been announced for the 36th Annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education, recognized nationwide as the states highest honor in arts education.Honoring excellence, promoting awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners.

Winners receive their awards on Thursday, May 26th 2016 at The Patriot’s Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton, New Jersey. There will be a reception immediately following the award ceremony. Mark Biedron, President of the State Board of Education and Nicholas Paleologos, Executive Director of the NJSCA will be on hand to present the medals to the award winners. Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick will be recognized with the Lifetime Contribution Award.

Special Performances By: Morgan Mastrangelo, Ridgewood High School, James Morris, Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy, Brandon Lyons, Hoboken High School, Ricky Persaud, Jr., Shepard High School, Ryan Hernandez, Governor Livingston High School, Danielle D’Abundo, Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts, Kimberly Lee, Summit High School, Maressa Park, Mary Help of Christians Academy. Amanda Edore, Morris County Vocational School District, Candance Eason, The Wardlaw- Hartridge School, Julia Foti and Joy Giuffre, Passaic County Technical Institute, and Lianna Shimoun, Ridge High School.

Bob Morrison, Chair, New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, commented, “These young men and women have shown that creativity sparks a passion for learning. They serve as great examples as we recognize the critical role arts education plays in the development of our young citizens.”

Not only will the students be receiving awards but also parents, and leaders throughout the state will be recognized for their exceptional work in keeping arts education alive in New Jersey. As a nominee, “Rodney Gilbert is a parent who’s been an exemplary arts advocate/teacher/mentor. Through his work as a theater educator and as a catalyst in the Newark Mural Project, he has inspired countless young people to use their artistic talent to better the greater Newark community.” said ArtPride NJ

Past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, Wendy Liscow of the Geraldine R Dodge Foundation stated, “So to all the past, present and FUTURE Arts Education awardees – revel in the limelight. You represent the creative potential and sustainability of our state. Enjoy this recognition and spread the word about the power of the arts to transform individuals, schools, and communities.”

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education is grateful for its partnership with the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, the New Jersey Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: Art Educators of New Jersey, New Jersey Music Educators Association, Dance NJ, ACT-SO Program New Jersey, Arts Administrators of New Jersey, New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, New Jersey Forensic League, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC); Writers Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; VSA New Jersey and Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.


A Complete List of the 2016 Winners


Register to Attend the 2016 Governor’s Awards in Arts Education

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016, 4:30 PM
One Memorial Drive, Trenton, New Jersey


The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state
Check out the Official Governor’s Awards in Arts Education Website

Achieving Title I Goals: The Role of Arts Education on April 11, 2016

Professional Development for: Principals, Supervisors and Teachers of the Arts, Curriculum Directors, Superintendents, School Business Administrators, Title I Administrators
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Bring Learning to Life through the ‪Arts‬: A Series of arts-based professional learning at FEA

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Sponsored by FEA and the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership Register at www.njpsa.org/feacalendar

Or Fill out and Return attached form. ArtsEd11x17

Arts Ed Summit Participant Documents


The Arts Ed Summit 2015 is shaping up to be a great event. In order for you to get the most out of the day we are posting document here for your review. Please make sure to read the ArtsEdSummit Brief and the Statement of Principles prior to the event.

Summit Agenda – The formal agenda for the Arts Ed Summit 2015.

ArtsEdSummit Brief – Background briefing on the progress made on behalf of arts education over the past 28 years and the challenges that remain. Includes references to New Jersey Arts Education Policy and a timeline of key moment in New Jersey Arts Education history.

Statement of Principles for Arts Education – A unified statement on the Value and Quality of Arts Education for all New Jersey students.

Speaker Bios and Acknowledgements – The complete list of speakers, student art work, student performers and acknowledgements.

Keeping the Promise – The 2012 report from the New Jersey Arts Education Census Project.

Within Our Power – The groundbreaking 2007 report from the New Jersey Arts Education Census Project.

Connect Arts Education Conference

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