Overview of NJAEP: The mission of the NJ Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP) is to provide a unified voice for those who agree on the educational benefits and impact of the arts, specifically the contribution they make to student achievement and a civilized, sustainable society.
What makes NJAEP unique and necessary? “Launched in 2007 as a cosponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, NJAEP received its 501c3 federal nonprofit designation in March of 2015 and started operations as an independent non-profit on July 1, 2015. The NJAEP believes that the arts are an essential part of every child’s education, and must be part of the solution to the many challenges facing our education system. Our diverse coalition of stakeholders works together to influence state policy and motivate local communities to make quality arts instruction and experiences a part of each child’s education.”
Services provided by NJAEP: The NJAEP works to achieve its goals by focusing on these strategic areas of work: • Demonstrating the value of arts education by conducting and disseminating research. • Ensuring that state education policy continues to mandate arts education as an essential part of every child’s education. • Strengthening local arts education programs through direct support services for school districts. • Expanding its role as the central clearinghouse for all arts education resources and services in NJ. • Communicating the value of arts education to a wide variety of constituencies. • Strengthening NJAEP’s organizational capacity to better advance its mission.