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Arts in Our Schools Month Recap

March was a very busy month for arts education across the state and all of us at Arts Ed NJ were happy to assist many of the groups across the state to promote arts education and the ARTS ED NOW Campaign. Here are some highlights:

• 1,200 ARTS ED NOW Gear packets with all new materials were distributed to all attendees at the New Jersey Music Educators Convention

• Youth Arts Month County and State Festivals featured the ARTS ED NOW Campaign

• County TEEN Arts Festivals showcased the ARTS ED NOW Campaign

• Dozens of schools across the state highlighted ARTS ED NOW in their own schools through dance, music, theatre and visual arts events and through social media

• New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Association of School Administrators, and the New Jersey Education Association all ran feature stories on arts education in their magazines

Arts Ed NJ sent out an ARTS ED FACT each day of the month via social media and also coordinated local and statewide media coverage including:

This was the first time efforts were coordinated between groups for a statewide focus. We had some excellent successes and we learned a lot about how we may approach this effort for 2019. If you have any ideas we want to hear from you!
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This Spring Arts Ed NJ continues the tradition of traveling across the state to attend the many County Teen Arts Festivals throughout New Jersey! 
Excited and enthusiastic students are invited to take part in building an interactive
Arts Ed Now mural at each of the County Festivals. Enjoy the photos! And keep an eye out for Artie, the beloved mascot of New Jersey’s State Teen Art Festival…
Arts Ed NJ & NJPSA/FEA Presents:

An Introduction to the New NJ Student Learning Standards and the National Arts Standards

May 7, 2018 | 9am - 3pm

This session will explore ways in which the new National Arts Standards informed the vision and future for arts education in New Jersey. Similarities and dissimilarities between the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) and the most recent iteration of
New Jersey Student Learning Standards will be closely examined. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in facilitated discussions exploring practical implications of new standards in dance, music, theatre, visual art, and media arts.
  • Dr. Dale Schmid, Arts Coordinator, NJDOE

New from Arts Ed Now
Arts Ed Now at the Montclair Film Festival
Montclair Film Festival will host a free screening of the NJTV documentary 
I Can’t… I Have Rehearsal

Saturday, April 28 th  at 5:30pm
Presentation Hall at Montclair State University

Tickets are free, but the festival asks that people register for the screening online in advance

A talkback on the documentary and arts education will follow. 

Panelists include: Arts Ed NJ Director Bob Morrison, the filmmaker, and members of the documentary cast.
About the I Can’t… I Have Rehearsal :

For a select few, the high school musical is sacred. Every year, these students come together for the Tony Awards of New Jersey high school musical theatre: The Rising Star Awards. But first, they have to get their shows off the ground. I CAN’T… I HAVE REHEARSAL follows six very different high schools from across New Jersey as they rehearse, perform, and compete with the very same supercalifragilistic show!
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About the Arts Ed NJ
Arts Ed NJ is the unified voice for arts education in New Jersey. Arts Ed NJ (previously the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership) 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 Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The mission of the Arts Ed NJ 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
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