TRENTON, NJ - Warren resident and Watchung Hills Board of Education Vice President, Bob Morrison was the recipient of the 2016 Governor's Award in Arts Education along with Assemblyman Minority Leader Jon Bramnick for his contribution to advancing arts education for all students across the state. 86 high school students from New Jersey were also recognized for outstanding achievement in the arts, according to a release by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership.
The award was presented by Mark Biedron, President of the New Jersey State Board of Education and Elizabeth A. Mattson, Chair of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts on May 26, at the Patriots Theatre of the War Memorial in Trenton.
“This is truly a great honor," Morrison said. "I am very grateful to all the arts educators who bring the gift of an arts education to more than one million students across our state. They do the hard work. My role is to make sure we create the right kind of conditions so arts learning may take place for every student.”
Morrison, who is the CEO of Quadrant Research, is recognized both in New Jersey and across the nation for his research and advocacy work on behalf of arts education for every student. He serves as the chair of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership and for the past 15 years has played a leadership role in every major arts education initiative statewide including: three census reports on the status of arts education, the inclusion of arts education in the New Jersey School Performance Reports for every school, the development and implementation of the Visual and Performing Arts Standards and most recently the signing of the new “Grade Weighting” lawn authored by Assemblyman Bramnick requiring schools to weight arts courses the same as other academic subjects of equal rigor which will go into effect in September. During this period of leadership, public school arts education participation has increased significantly to more than 1 million students statewide, the release said.
The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education is a joint project of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, the New Jersey 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: Art Educators of New Jersey, New Jersey Music Educators Association, Dance NJ, ACT-SO Program New Jersey, Arts Administrators of New Jersey, New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, New Jersey Forensic League, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC); Writers Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; VSA New Jersey and Young Audiences New Jersey & 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.
About the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership
The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP) is the unified voice for arts education in New Jersey. NJAEP was originally founded in 2007 as a cosponsored program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Department of Education and Music for All Foundation. The Prudential Foundation, and ArtPride New Jersey Foundation have provided additional support. The mission of the NJAEP is to provide a unified voice for a diverse group of constituents who agree on the educational benefits and impact of the arts, specifically the contribution they make to student achievement and a civilized, sustainable society. Additional information is available at www.artsednj.org.
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