Mikayla Griffin

NJ State Conference of the NAACP ACT-SO Program — Performaning Arts – Poetry Performance

Mikayla Griffin is a seventeen-year-old junior who currently attends Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts. She is concentrating on Television and Film and has an interest in writing and photography.

Mikayla won a silver medal in Poetry Performance and a silver medal in Poetry Written at the 2019 ACT-SO NJ State competition as well as received an honorable mention in 2018 for her performance in poetry and written poetry. Outside of ACT-SO Mikayla has performed at other venues.

Mikayla joined ACT-SO her freshman year of high school and continues to be a member of ACTSO.  She has been writing poetry since the sixth grade. Through ACT-SO she has been given multiple opportunities, which include performing at the 2018 Oranges/Maplewood NAACP Freedom Fund Gala, and interning with her city’s mayor. She plans to use her art as a form of storytelling and self-expression while also using it as a way to share her political point of view and also as an inspiration to 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.