Contact the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership

New Jersey Arts Education Partnership
29 Garthwaite Terrace
Maplewood, New Jersey 07040

973.327.2090 - office

New Jersey Arts Education Partnership Staff:

Kristin Wenger, Director
Kristin is the Director of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, the unifying organization and central resource for arts education information, policy and advocacy in New Jersey. Prior to this position, Kristin was the Executive Director of Young Audiences of New Jersey from 1986-2005. During her tenure Young Audiences grew over 14 times in size and reached millions of children in NJ. Upon leaving, the Kristin Wenger Fund was established in her honor. From 2006-2008, she was an adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies where she taught Managing the Arts.  She is the co-chair of the Education Committee for Arts Plan NJ, a member of Creative NJ and serves on the Certification Team for Young Audiences, Inc. She is a past president of the Alliance for Arts Education/New Jersey and is a founding member of the NJ Arts Education Collective and the Artists in Education Consortium. As a recognized arts education advocate, Kristin has facilitated numerous workshops, written articles and participated on many funding panels. In addition, she received the Tribute to Women in Industry Award presented by the YWCA and currently serves on the board of the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate. She has a BA in Government from Skidmore College, a MS in Mass Communication from Boston University and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Mandel Center of Case Western Reserve University. Contact Kristin at Kristin (at) artsednj (dot) org





Priscilla Hopkins-Smith, Program Associate
Priscilla is the Program Associate at the NJAEP. She works closely with the Director and Governance Board to move NJAEP arts education initiatives forward including work on programs, events and engaging the arts community. She keenly implements social media in their outreach, oversees administrative aspects of events and maintains the website. In addition to joining the Partnership, previously she held a position at the Community Foundation of South Jersey where she provided assistance to the Executive Director and coordinated the social media impact. As well as actively contributing to freelance public relations work at K.Ruffin Associates. Furthermore she is a member of the communications working group for ArtsPlan NJ and volunteers by assisting with their social media. Prior to joining NJAEP, Priscilla served in senior leadership roles at a national fitness franchise for five years while holding intern positions with a PR boutique and a Wedding Planner. In 2009, she interned with the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, assisting with their annual conferences. Priscilla has a background in art, philanthropy, public relations, event planning, administration and grant management. Contact Priscilla at Priscilla (at) artsednj (dot) org