Arts & Culture education is an essential part of learning that improves social, emotional outcomes as well as educational achievement for students with exposure to dance, music, theatre, visual arts, media arts, and other forms of arts and culture in school. Statewide, New Jersey leads the nation by providing some form of arts education in 100% of public schools, according to the 2019 Arts Education Annual Report from the advocacy group Arts Ed NJ.  While this is certainly an incredible achievement to celebrate, there is still work to be done in South Jersey!

In 2018, the South Jersey Cultural Alliance worked with Arts Ed NJ to obtain southern NJ, region-specific data from the statewide NJ Arts Education Census Project. The data confirms that South Jersey has the lowest access to dance and theatre programs in the state, as well as the lowest cultural engagement with field trips, assemblies, artists-in-residence, and cultural partnerships. Click the link below for details about arts education in South Jersey.

New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Visual and Performing Arts (NJSLS-VPA)  call for every school district in the state to provide sequential learning of dance, theater, music, and visual arts for K-12 students; however, schools struggle to connect with local teaching artists, performers, and organizations that can provide a broad array of quality cultural programs supporting state academic standards.

SJCA aims to address these deficits by increasing cultural engagement in K-12 schools throughout South Jersey by facilitating connections between cultural organizations, teaching artists, and schools.

With support from a generous grant, given by OceanFirst Foundation, SJCA worked with arts & cultural organizations and teaching artists throughout the eight southern counties of Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem to create the SJCA Arts & Culture Education Resource Directory

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In addition to the arts & culture organizations and teaching artists listed in the directory. We’ve also created a thorough list of online resources for educators and families. 

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We’ll continue to update these resources; please let us know about other helpful websites and services that we can share with you.  Do you know of a South Jersey artist or organization that offers K-12 or adult arts & culture programs? Provide their information to SJCA and we can reach out to them about inclusion in the Arts Education Resource Directory.








Questions or feedback on the SJCA Arts & Culture Education Resource Directory? Contact Julie Hain, SJCA Director of Membership and Programs, at jhain @