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Brenden Peraza

Visual Arts – Drawing

I was raised in a somewhat rough household, the fact that I was raised in this household taught me to work as hard as I can in order to get what I want. Even though this ideology has resulted in me growing up alot faster than intended it has bred a tenacious mentality that helps me achieve the results I want. It has led me to becoming an artist through three categories. Visual arts, Music
contemporary, and Acting. I have been awarded in these categories at a certain point in time throughout my 4 years in highschool. Awards include , Musician of the year, two silver medals
for my visually artistic pieces, and induction into the Thespian Honors society/ Tri-M music honors society. Through the experience I learned alot from people and about myself and now I
am currently teaching other people in my school the ways of leadership and true success to which I can thank this program. After my time spent here I will pursue not one but all three of the art fields and try to become the best at it. I will finish my prerequisites at NJCU then transfer to my dream college, Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD). And try to create a positive change in the world and give back to the people that helped me get here to begin with, because that is what true success is all about.

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.