Andrea L. Colby

Young Audiences Arts for Learning Nj & Eastern PA — Distinguished Service Award

Andrea L. Colby is a certified professional coach and an intellectual property attorney with over 35 years of experience in the legal profession in New York and New Jersey. Her professional career has involved working for notable firms including: Johnson & Johnson, Morgan & Finnegan and Union Carbide Corporation.  However, it has been her dedication to creating music as a pianist and her devotion to bringing arts to others that has sustained her throughout her life.

Andrea has been a member of the Board of Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania for over 12 years and served for five years as the Secretary of the Board.  In addition, she has donated her time and effort to giving several piano recitals for the benefit of Young Audiences over the past 10 years.

While she retired from legal practice about four years ago, she continues to lecture extensively on topics related to professional practice and has become a passionate advocate on behalf of mental health and well-being in the legal profession.  As well, Andrea is a member of the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School (Albany, NY).

Andrea also currently serves as the President of her synagogue, Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen. She has been a member of the Boards of the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra and TADA! Children’s Theatre in Manhattan.

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.