Kimorah Hall 2021 Newark ACT-SO-654762c0

My name is Kimorah Hall and I am an 18 years old High School Senior at Cicely L. Tyson Community Performing and Fine Arts and a proud member of the Newark NAACP ACT-SO program. I have a great love for acting and have attended two performing arts schools during my years growing up. Through these amazing institutions I have been afforded many opportunities. While in middle school at Whitney Houston Academy I won first place in a Dramatics competition by performing a solo piece by Cicely Tyson entitled “The Family Reunion”. During this time I also participated in Bugsy Malone Jr, Once Upon This Island and numerous Black History Month Productions. After I graduated middle school, I continued with my acting career throughout my high school years. There I’ve been a part of two major plays; Fences and Did the Butler do it? Along with participating in musical theater, I was a part of an NJPAC performance of “Destiny’s Child”. I  have done many black box plays and even directed one myself.

Aside from my passion for acting, I am also an activist within my community and a part of an organization called N.A.V.C (Newark Anit-Violence Coalition), a diverse group of activists, community leaders, and residents within Newark. I have been active in a wide variety of activities which help foster my community and in turn was named as one of my city’s “100 people of Newark”, a list compromised by city hall of those making a positive impact. The talent, skills, and intelligence which I have gained throughout my journey are tools that will help me towards my goals in life. One thing I have been told is that success is a journey, not a destination. This mindset tells me to keep striving and enduring even if I feel as if I have made it.

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.