June 2nd Event Day Schedule:

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM – Gathering Ground Call to Collaboration
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM – LIVE Red Carpet Experience, Art Exhibit and Networking
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM – 2023 New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education

Morning: Call to Collaboration

The central question for the Call to Collaboration: 

How do we work together to ensure an equitable arts education sector that celebrates diverse lived-experiences, increases demand and resources, and builds a more just and creative NJ?

Join us for a special day of solution-driven conversations about the future of arts education in New Jersey via our first ever Arts Education Call to Collaboration (C2C). The C2C will bring together over 250 educators, non-profits leaders, artists, teaching artists, school board members, parents, students, business people, legislators… everyone who has a stake in ensuring every child in NJ receives an arts education that cultivates identity, agency, and belonging. Facilitated by Gathering Ground, this internationally-renowned meeting format features a powerful, self-organizing approach that engages diverse groups of people in open and authentic conversations on issues of great importance to them. The format is democratic and egalitarian, and puts people at the center of both agenda creation, leading conversations, and envisioning the change they want to see.

Evening: Celebrating the NJ Governor's Awards in Arts Education

The New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education is Arts Ed NJ’s signature event that not only highlights the achievements of students and arts educators, but it also brings families, business leaders, and state representatives together to celebrate the vital contribution that the arts bring to our communities, our state, and our world. 

The New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education has an amazing 40+ year tradition of highlighting world-class talent and arts educators in New Jersey.

Over the past four decades New Jersey’s most talented youth, representing artistic disciplines as varied as dance, music, poetry, visual arts, speech, debate, and theater, have walked across the awards stage to receive their medal. These awardees include many current stars of today such as Gaten Materazzo (2020 Winner; Actor, Stranger Things), Susan Misner (1989 Winner; Actor, The Americans and Billions), and Noah Haidu (1990 Winner; jazz pianist, music featured as one of Downbeat Magazine’s Best Albums of the year for 2021).

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