NJEA President Marie Blistan joined NJPTA President Rose Acerra, NJ Association of School Administrators Executive Director Richard Bozza, NJ School Boards Association Executive Director Larry Feinsod, and NJ Principals & Supervisors Association Executive Director Patricia Wright on a panel to discuss the importance of arts education during the 2017 Arts Ed Summit on Sept. 28 at the FEA Conference Center in Monroe Twp, NJ. Blistan shared how getting involved in her high school’s one-act play as a student helped her develop confidence and leadership skills as well as overcome shyness.

The panel also discussed an Eagleton poll which revealed a decline in students’ cultural participation since 2006 and a need for dance education programs in public schools. “We need to encourage more college students to major in dance education so our students have better access to dance programs in their public schools,” noted Blistan. “We also need to work on engaging families and communities to take advantage of arts programs.

NJEA has worked with the Arts Ed Now initiative since its inception and has long served on the NJ Arts Education Partnership, a coalition of arts and educational groups committed to providing students with comprehensive access and instruction in all areas of the arts.

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