Spring is finally peeking around the corner, and you know what that means: it’s time to gear up and get ready for the 2021 New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education! Mark your calendars, because this year’s digital ceremony will be taking place virtually on May 22nd.

This past year has posed immense challenges for arts education, but if it’s taught us anything here at the Governor’s Awards, it’s that young artists are tenacious, perseverent, and creative even through obstacles. After finding our footing last year, we’re excited to return with another digital ceremony in 2021 to celebrate the accomplishments of arts leaders and students. This year’s awards. As more details become available over the next few months, we encourage you to get ready to celebrate along with us. Recognizing achievements in the arts is vital now more than ever before.


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NJGAAE Presents with Jocelyn Jeffries

Tune into our “NJGAAE Presents” livestream series every other Friday at 7pm! Hosted by Jocelyn Jeffries, one of our interns and a Governor’s Awards past winner, this series shares insights from incredible artists and arts educators from around the state.

We also have a new staff member joining Awards Director Priscilla Hopkins-Smith on the NJGAAE team this year – Julia Weingaertner, Arts Ed NJ’s Programs and Marketing Assistant. Julia is an alum herself, having won in 2015 and 16 with the New Jersey Speech and Debate League. She is so excited to support an organization that means a lot to her. If you have any questions about this year’s awards, please reach out at Julia@artsednj.org.

Stay tuned for periodic blog updates! Watch this space.


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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.