Year Nominations Type Name of Awardee Award Title Discipline Title Nominating Organization School City County Art Teacher Address
2020 Student Caitlin Brannigan 1st Place Story Creative Writing New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Academy of the Holy Angels Hillsdale Bergen Nancy Schneberger  Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest, NJ, , , , , US
2020 Student Justin Hong All-State Chorus Music New Jersey Music Educators Association n/a Leonia Leonia High School dunn@leoniaschools.org 100 Christie Heights St, , Leonia, NJ, 07605, US
2020 Student Trevor Lavine Musical Group Theatre NJ Thespians Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts  East Orange Essex terri.gorgone@eastorange.k12.nj.us 35 Winans Street, , East Orange, NJ, 07017, US
2020 Student Gaten Matarazzo Dramatic Pairs Theatre STANJ Pinelands Regional High School Little Egg Harbor Ocean Bart Difrancia N/A
2020 Student Mikayla Griffin Performing Arts Poetry Performance NJ State Conference of the NAACP ACT-SO Program Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts  East Orange Essex Erica Rogers 344 Prospect Street, , East Orange, New Jersey, 07017, US
2020 Student Ashley Tait  Musical Group Theatre NJ Thespians Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts  East Orange Essex terri.gorgone@eastorange.k12.nj.us 35 Winans Street, , East Orange, NJ, 07017, US
2020 Student Jeremy Shinder Dramatic Monologue Theatre STANJ Northern Valley Demarest  Closter Bergen Charles R. Miller Jr.  111 Division St, , West Creek, New Jersey, 08092, US
2020 Leader Patty Nehrbauer Anthony Guadadiello Service Award Art Educator Art Educators of New Jersey Maurice River Elementary School Pitman Cumberland N/A
2020 Student Catherine Park 1st Place Poetry Creative Writing New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Bergen County Academies Ridgewood Bergen ricwee@bergen.org Bergen County Acadmies, 200 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ, 07601, US
2020 Leader Karen Mannino Claire Flanagan Award Art Educator Art Educators of New Jersey George Washington Elementary Scotch Plains Union N/A
2020 Leader Zachary Laks Distinguished Service Theatre STANJ n/a Astoria Oregon N/A
2020 Leader Harry Bower 2019 AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT Arts Education Art Educators of New Jersey n/a Island Heights Ocean N/A
2020 Leader Molly Gaston Johnson Arts Education Award Visual Artist  Young Audiences Arts for Learning NJ & Eastern PA n/a Lake Como N/A N/A
2020 Student Benjamin Swinchoski All-State Band Music New Jersey Music Educators Association Biotechnology High School Wall Township Monmouth Carol Swinchoski 910 Curtis Avenue, , Wall Township, NJ, 07719, US
2020 Student Jeremy Shinder Comedic Monologue Theatre  STANJ Northern Valley Demarest  Closter Bergen Charles R. Miller Jr.  111 Division St, , Demarest, NJ, 07627, US
2020 Student Priscilla Pagan Exceptional Promise in Hip Hop Hip Hop Dance  New Jersey Performing Arts Center  Donald M. Payne Sr. School Of Technology Belleville Essex Ana "Rokafella" Garcia  1491 West Ave #1E, , Bronx, NY, 10462, US
2020 Student Cierra Blair Humanities Poetry Written & Original Essay NJ State Conference of the NAACP ACT-SO Program Governor Livingston H.S. Berkeley Heights Union Catherine Birstler 175 Watchung Blvd., , Berkeley Heights, NJ, 07922, US
2020 Student Kaya Walcott  Musical Group Theatre NJ Thespians Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts  East Orange Essex terri.gorgone@eastorange.k12.nj.us 35 Winans Street, , East Orange, NJ, 07017, US
2020 Student A'Niyah Bishop Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance Dance Dance New Jersey Atlantic County Institute of Technology Atlantic City Atlantic Lisa Zeuner 5080 Atlantic Avenue, , Mays Landing, NJ, 08330, US
2020 Leader Heather Barberi / The Grunin Foundation Distinguished Service Award Leader Young Audiences Arts for Learning NJ & Eastern PA n/a Toms River Ocean N/A
Year Nominations Type Award Title Discipline Name of Awardee Title Nominating Organization School City County Art Teacher Address
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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.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the 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: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and 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.