New Jersey Arts Education Census Project
Music for All releases groundbreaking report: Within Our Power: The Progress, Plight and Promise of Arts Education for Every Child

On September 18, 2007 New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells and Commissioner of Education Lucille E. Davy along with the project partners for the New Jersey Arts Education Census Project participated in the release of the report WITHIN OUR POWER: The Progress, Plight and Promise of Arts Education for Every Child via web cast and before a live studio audience at New Jersey Network Studios in Trenton. The Report includes the highlights, findings and recommendations from the New Jersey Arts Education Census Project and is the result of collaboration between the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, the New Jersey Department of Education, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, and Music for All with additional support provided by NAMM - International Music Products Association, the D’Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts and David Bryan of Bon Jovi.

The big headlines are 1) the need for better accountability for arts education. Great policies with no accountability means far too many students do not have access to a quality education that includes the arts, and access and equity is what this is ultimately about, and 2) Socioeconomic status is not a factor. There are great arts programs across all economic categories in New Jersey,” stated Bob Morrison, from Music for All and the director of the project.

The Census Project is being hailed as a model for how other states and communities may measure the status and condition of arts education.

To read the report and related findings visit: http://artsednj.org

To view the report press conference visit: http://artsednj.org/video.asp

To search for school information visit: http://artsednj.org/njreport/findschool.aspx