2022 Special Guest Speaker: Ricky Persaud Jr.

When listening to multi-instrumentalist Ricky Persaud Jr, you’re treated to an unbelievable range of sound and passion that is both simple and sophisticated all at

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Date Announcement, Special Guest Speaker and More!

NJGAAE Save the Date: Thursday, May 26th at the War Memorial in Trenton! The New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education are thrilled to announce

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Reflections on One Year with the Governor’s Awards and Arts Ed NJ!

My name is Julia Weingaertner – I’m the Programs and Marketing Assistant at Arts Ed NJ, and I work closely on the NJ Governor’s Awards

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Day of Giving 2022

Join us on January 20th, 2022 for our first annual Day of Giving!   Let’s celebrate the Governor’s Awards with alumni messages, exclusive performances and

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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.