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Barbara Benton has been an art educator and an advocate for art education for many years.  She began her career as an art educator in Ohio schools in 1969.  While teaching, she completed her master’s in art education at Miami University in Oxford Ohio.   Barbara taught middle school students for seven years before being employed by Crayola, LLC for thirty-two years.  She retired as their National Business Development Manager for Education in 2008.

Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ) and Barbara crossed paths in 1987 as Crayola was an exhibitor at the AENJ fall conference.  When Barbara retired from Crayola in 2008, she volunteered to assist their exhibit manager, as she had much experience participating in art education conferences nationwide.  Barbara has managed the AENJ exhibit hall for the over twelve years.  During her career, she has also presented workshops at both AENJ and NAEA conferences.  In 2010 Barbara became secretary of the School Art League of New York City and served for 10 years.  She remains a trustee.  Barbara values her membership in both AENJ and NAEA.  The challenge most recently was pulling together a virtual exhibit hall for the online AENJ conference.  Advocating for the value of art education has long been her passion.

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.