JohnPThe George DiBuono Recognition Award

Established to honor former President, George DiBouno, whose dedication to arts education in New Jersey was marked by a realization of the power of leadership in education to move the arts to the forefront. This award is for those who are “within” the field of education, but not Art Educators.

As a Supervisor of the Art Department in East Brunswick Public Schools, Mr. John Perillo, not only took on the expected responsibility of evaluating teacher performance, budgeting and other administrative tasks; he also demonstrated a strong support of visual arts education by going above the norm and standing up for its importance within the district.

Mr. Perillo developed a strong rapport with his teacher as he took the time to listen and get to know each of them. His interpersonal skills of approachability and good communication allowed us to feel comfortable, appreciated and encouraged. Furthermore, he used his understanding of people and what makes them tick to foster their growth in leadership roles. For instance, Mr. Perillo encouraged me to present at conference for the first time 3 years ago and became more involved with Arts Advocacy on the town and state levels. Mr. Perillo’s Service as Supervisor of the Arts in East Brunswick Public Schools exemplifies the type of support that the George DiBuono Recognition Awards represents.

Congratulations John!

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.