Eighteen months and lots of meetings, reserach, pilot studies, drafts, negotiations, and vetting has brought us to the point where we are preparing to launch the most significant census of arts education ever undertaken in the United States.
On Monday, March 20, 2006 acting Commissioner of Education Lucille Davy sent a letter to all public school principals, superintendents, county superintendents announcing the start of the New Jersey Visual and Performing Arts Education Survey (NJVPAE). This is the most intensive and comprehensive look at arts education ever undertaking in the history of our country.
The NJVPAE will measure course offerings, student participation, resources, policies, instructional support, and community resources in New Jersey’s schools. The survey is part of a broader Arts Education Census Project, a collaborative partnership between the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, and the Music for All Foundation. Additional support has been provided by NAMM, David Bryan of Bon Jovi and the D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts. The Census Project will gather, evaluate and disseminate qualitative and quantitative data regarding arts education in the state of New Jersey. This marks the first time the department has examined the depth and breadth of visual and performing arts instruction across the state..
To learn more go here:
New Jersey Arts Education Census Project