Since last September, when many of New Jersey’s devoted arts education leaders were introduced to the Arts Ed Now campaign, arts advocates have been abuzz. When the Arts Ed Now campaign launches next month, it will mark the official start of a multi-year effort to increase participation in arts education throughout New Jersey. The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP) has heard from many that the campaign message is a timely one. You may recognize the rally cry—Active creative learning is good for all students and good for New Jersey. Let’s do more!
And with the official campaign launch scheduled during National Arts in Education Week (September 11-17, 2016), Arts Ed Now is ready to flourish.
We have seen organizations download the colorful logo to include on their website, on billboards, and printed promotional materials; we have watched students display Arts Ed Now stickers on everything from backpacks, to cellphones, to instrument cases; we have watched the Arts Ed Now banner travel to events across the state. And this is just the beginning. This month NJAEP’s newsletter, The Beat, features a selection of action items that you or your organization can take to mark the official launch of the campaign. Another highlight of the August issue—an insightful interview with Michele Russo, President and CEO of Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.
In order for the campaign to truly thrive, we also need to hear from YOU directly. NJAEP hopes to engage with every Arts Ed Now Ambassador, in order to reflect the collective voice of our field. We want to hear plans for Arts Ed Now launch week, and updates as you actively champion arts education. Are there places or programs in your community or organization that will shine especially bright during Arts in Education Week? We are eager to know, so we can share your work with others! And, finally, please tell us what might help you to become an even stronger Ambassador for arts education in New Jersey. It’s an exciting time, as many #ArtsEdNow trailblazers stand and lead the way forward, step-by-step.