Josh Robinson is a professional Percussionist, teaching artist, and drum facilitator. His website reads “Nourishing Inner Peace Through Hitting Things” which speaks to  how drumming has helped him heal from loss, process challenges, and express himself beyond the limits of words. For the past 20 years he has used his skills, expertise, and life experience to share drumming and the many gifts it brings with thousands of people each year around the country.  His approach is personal, passionate, creative, and intentional.  He has an ability to connect with a wide range of audiences, put them at ease, and engage and unify them through rhythm.  Josh has said “Yes!” to working with a broad range of communities over the years including “at-risk” youth populations, addiction/recovery, cancer patients, grieving children and families, corporations, and a variety of other communities.  Through these experiences he has learned how his work connects and resonates with a variety of ages, backgrounds, cultures, and environments.  Josh was invited to be the inaugural Thomas Jefferson University artist-in–residence where he has taught a Humanities course to medical students for the past 4 years. Josh’s work has  been recognized by other communities serves by receiving a ‘Performing Artist of the Year” by Young Audiences NJ/Eastern PA, “Community Hero Award” from The Uplift Center For Grieving Children in Philadelphia, and a “Service Award” from Rutgers University “Future Scholars” program for at-risk youth in Camden NJ. He was invited to the BuzzFeed and Google in CA to work with staff for employee wellness workshops and has been a keynote speaker for organizations working with bereavement, cancer, addiction/recovery, and various school groups.  Josh is grateful to be on a heart-led path of helping people use drumming as a tool for healthy self- expression, community building, and connection while sharing his passion for drumming and helping others.






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.