By Priscilla Hopkins-Smith,
Programs and Communications Manager, Arts Ed NJ
It’s back to school time and that means this week is National Arts in Education Week. It is such a critical time to show your support for arts education in New Jersey. Arts education creates not only artists but well-rounded humans that thrive in creative workplace environments.
Now, if you aren’t familiar with this national celebration, here is a little background provided by our friends at Americans for the Arts:
“Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education.”
During the 2016-2017 school year, more than 1 million students participated in an arts class, representing 80% of all students across the state. New Jersey’s arts education is thriving, now let’s do more!
This year, Arts Ed NJ has taken the lead in New Jersey by collecting arts education celebrations across the state. Big or small, we encouraged teachers, students, organizations, and communities to submit their events for our Arts Ed September Event Calendar.
Hosts of the events will have the option to receive:
In addition, we are co-hosting an event on September 12 called “NJ Celebrates Arts in Education Week.” All are welcome to attend this event, featuring the New Jersey State Teen Arts traveling exhibition and special performances by State Teen Artists. The reception is sponsored by N.J. Principals & Supervisors Association & Arts Ed NJ in collaboration with the Arts & Education Center. Learn more at https://www.njteenarts.com.
Not only will we be promoting events during National Arts in Education week, but the celebration will continue for the remainder of the month through the Arts Ed September promotion. With this spotlight on arts education events, we are encouraging engagement in and access to the arts, as well as highlighting information and tools that give you power to make change in your district. Celebrating arts education shouldn’t just happen on dedicated weeks or months but all year long, and www.artsednow.org can show you how.
Curious on how your school compares to others? Go to artsednow.org and enter your school name to see the latest data on arts education for your area.
Want to join in on the fun? Go to www.artsednow.org/stories and download a “Today” or “Yesterday” sign. Fill it out, snap a photo, and share your story of the impact of arts education in your life on social media.
Don’t forget to use #ArtsEdNow and #BecauseofArtsEd and share in the celebration! Let’s get N.J. trending!
About Priscilla Hopkins-Smith
Priscilla Hopkins-Smith has 11 years of experience in communication and administration in the nonprofit sector. In her role as Programs and Communications Manager, she works closely with the Director and Program Development Manager to move arts education initiatives forward. Priscilla takes pride in managing the Annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education and has provided administration and oversight continuing to cultivate the awards for over six years. Priscilla is proud to promote the Arts Ed Now campaign. Priscilla has previously worked with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, assisting the communication and arts education departments. Priscilla is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Theatre: Arts Administration program at Rowan University.