Arts 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!

SJCA worked with Arts Ed Now to parse out the South Jersey data to see how our schools fair when it comes to arts education. Click the link below to see what we learned about arts education in South Jersey.



Now you know the facts about the status of Arts Education in South Jersey. What you may not know is that many SJCA members provide K-12 educational programs designed to provide compelling and meaningful arts and culture experiences that meet New Jersey State Core Curriculum Standards.

SJCA is currently compiling an Arts Education Resource Directory to help connect New Jersey Schools with local teaching artists and organizations who can provide high-quality, school-ready programs both onsite and off-site. Once completed, you will be able to access the online directory, or download a PDF.

Do you know of a South Jersey artist or organization that offers K-12 arts & culture programs? Provide their information to SJCA and we can reach out to them about inclusion in the Arts Education Resource Directory.

Do you know of a South Jersey artist or organization that offers adults and/or kids arts education programs outside of school? We want to know about them too!

Additional Resources:

The Artists in Education Residency Grant Program (AIE) places highly qualified professional artists in classrooms for 20 days or more during the school day through a program of residency grants.  Any New Jersey public, private, charter or parochial school serving grades PreK-12 is eligible to apply.

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