Joey Miller is an 18-year-old high school senior from Haddon Township, New Jersey. Although an honor roll student and a 2022 class officer, Joey’s focus in school centers primarily around art and exploring new skills. In seeking new experiences to expand his abilities, he’s become Head Set Painter and an actor in the realm of theater, a senior editor and designer for the school yearbooks, a featured artist in the visual arts, a guitar student, and even had the opportunity to direct and write some short films through his school. After graduating this June, Joey plans to continue fulfilling artwork commissions and working as a caricature artist at local events. In the Fall of 2022 semester, he will begin attending University of the Arts to study Film and Animation. In the future, he hopes to eventually find a career in a creative field for one of his many interests, and share his art in order to connect with and help others in need.

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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.