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The Voice of Arts Education in NJ: Keeping you up to date in our field
January 2018
Warren, NJ: 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, , 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 38th Annual Governor's Awards in Arts Education

May 22, 2018 

Patriot's Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton

Committee Member Spotlight
with Lora Marie Durr
AENJ Advisory Council Chair
AENJ Interim Communications Chair
2016 AENJ Middle Division Art Educator Award
2018 NAEA Eastern Region Middle Level Art Educator Award
Posted On January 10, 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 ...

Arts Ed NJ Season of Giving
Arts Ed NJ begins this new year with appreciation and gratitude! THANK YOU, to the many loyal ambassadors who made a year end gift in 2017. In the final six weeks of the year we raised $14,000 together! We heard directly from supporters, and learned why Arts Ed NJ is so important to them. 

One ambassador, Tiffany Festa-Sneddon, created her own fundraiser for Arts Ed NJ on #GivingTuesday. Afterwards, Tiffany shared her views about arts education, “ I personally have seen the arts take my own students onto amazing paths of their own. This is arts education. The power is real and the time is now.” Though #GivingTuesday offers every ambassador a special opportunity to be part of a global day of giving, throughout the entire giving season we received support from more than 50 new donors. 

At the start of 2018 we invite all arts education ambassadors in New Jersey to share in our renewed sense of purpose. Let’s make this the year that we reach universal access to arts education for all students. Together we can make ARTS ED NOW a reality for Every Child in Every School across our state! 
#ArtsEdNow Must Not Miss TV! Classroom Close-up at Paramus High School - ArtsEdNow

The goal of the ArtsEdNow campaign is to increase participation in arts education in schools across New Jersey. Leading the charge is the Paramus School District, which has taken their arts programs from one that needs improvement to a model school. With support from administration and the school board, Paramus High School has developed highly successful culinary arts, fashion, woodworking, music and graphic arts programs that are resulting in exciting careers for their students.

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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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