The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education program was established in 1980, to celebrate artistic excellence and create visibility, awareness and appreciation for the impact that the arts have on our lives and culture. The awards seek to recognize students and adult leaders who have demonstrated excellence in arts education.

An annual award ceremony – free and open to the public – is held every May to honor award recipients. Due to the current international health crisis we have moved the event to a virtual platform.

The annual awards ceremony will be held virtually on June 26th, 2020 at 5pm and will be live streamed via YouTube, Facebook live and on our website at


June 26, 2020


5:00 pm


Facebook, Youtube, and our website. 

  • This Event is Family Friendly.
  • A Donation is Encouraged
  • We are currently accepting performance requests. 
  • Sponsorships and Ads are Available
  • Host a watch party! 
If you have any questions please contact priscilla @ 

Are You Receiving an Award?

 Here are some things you need to know… 

Family, Colleagues, Teachers and Friends can place Congratulatory Ads in our program.

If you wish to perform please let your nominating organization know. 

They will fill out the proper paperwork and you will be notified if you have been selected! 



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.