A’Niyah Bishop

Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance

A’Niyah Bishop is a senior Dance Major in the Performing Arts Academy. She is best known for her appearances in ACIT’s annual Spring Dance Concert. A’Niyah is a proud member of ACIT’s Dance Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble, Choir, Select Choir, and a community theatre group called Just Right Productions. She is remembered for her performance as a Featured Dancer in ACIT’s musical production of Once on This Island and as a Lead Dancer in Pippin. Previously, she was featured in the NJ Teen Arts Festival and performed at SkillsUSA. She also took on the lead role as Ciara in Just Right Production’s creation of The Nubian Nutcracker. She is currently preparing for her performance in JRP’s production of Club Harlem After Dark. When A’Niyah is not present on the stage, you can find her modeling, writing poetry or mentoring the youth in her community. She owes her success to her parents, academy teachers, mentors, instructors and other family and friends. She is grateful for the many opportunities she has been given to pursue what she loves and plans to receive a higher education to continue her journey within the arts.

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.