Tuesday, March 6, 2012

We are are advocates for Art Education!

After attending our local AENJ (ArtEducators of NJ Conference) which partly focused on art teachers advocating being the advocates for art education and reading Mr E's post Nashville's Mayor Kicks Off Artober at TGE I came up with the idea to do a program in our school for Youth Art Month. I am so excited that our school event "MARTch into Youth Art Month"is finally tomorrow.

The CRT (Curriculum resource teacher) Cynthia Tufuro was a huge help in planning the event.  Cyndi sent out the invitations, made follow up phone calls, made the press release and made a video about arts in our school to be played at the event.

Here is the press release..it explains our event perfectly!..



Assemblyman, Mayor and Zimmerli Museum Director lend support

 James Monroe Elementary School’s unique “MARTCH into Youth Art Month” event, celebrating the value of art education and encouraging public support for quality school art programs, will be held March 7 at the Edison Township school.

 Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex), Edison Township Mayor Antonia Ricigliano, Zimmerli Art Museum Director Suzanne Delahanty and Edison Township Public Schools Superintendent Richard O’Malley will attend.

After participating in an art or music class, the aforementioned dignitaries will join the entire school community for an assembly highlighting artistic presentations of James Monroe’s students.

 The assembly will include a performance by the school chorus, a preview of the school’s original Toy Story musical (which will be performed in its entirety at Edison High School on March 30) and a slideshow of students’ artwork. Poignant student voiceovers will augment the latter as James Monroe’s finest discuss art education’s impact on their lives.

 The day, which will provide abundant photo opportunities, commences with a reception and gallery walk.

James Monroe’s unique program distinguishes itself from other elementary schools across the country who may be taking part in similar celebrations during March, which the National Art Education Association observes annually as Youth Art Month.

With the support of community leaders, including a representative from Congressman Frank Pallone’s office, we hope to model how art education is vital to the total education curriculum.

 According to an April 11, 2011 report in the Times of Trenton, 34 percent of districts responding to a New Jersey School Boards Association statewide survey said they made cuts to elementary school music and art programs in the past three years.

 Art education programs at Edison Township Public Schools, however, under the direction of O’Malley and with the support of the school board, have continued to thrive.

 “I wholly believe that the arts are an essential part of education,” said Diegnan, who chairs the State Assembly’s Education Committee.

  “Sadly, what’s happening with cutbacks in school aid is that (art programs) are one of the things that seem to be the first that are cut out. I’ve got to commend the Edison school system for not only preserving it, but stressing its importance.”

 “Things like this event are really important for kids.”

 James Monroe Elementary School looks forward to your coverage of this positive news story.

 The schedule for the March 7 event includes:

 9:30 a.m.        Reception and gallery walk

9:55 a.m.        Participation in an art or music class

10:45 a.m.     Celebration of Art Education Assembly

 For further information, please contact Cyndi Tufaro at James Monroe Elementary School during regular school hours at 732-452-2970, Ext. 6210.


  1. Love your blog! I just nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award.
    Check it out on my last blog post http://thefineartsstudio.blogspot.com/
    Thanks for sharing all you do, and for advocating for art education. Go Youth Art Month!

  2. Hope the event worked out. We need more art education to make this world a better place.