Upcoming October AEN Committee meetings

10/14 10-11:30am Trauma-Informed Care Committee meeting

10/8 9:30-11am Capacity-Building Committee meeting

@ Newark Public Library Centennial Room, 4-6pm 

10/21 12-1:30pm Engagement Committee meeting


We are pleased to be able to host a hybrid partner meeting, the first time we are convening in-person in nearly 2 years, at The Newark Public Library's Centennial Room, October 19, 4-6pm. You may join in-person and masked, or via Zoom! Click the invite below to register for the meeting and receive the ZOOM link! We can't wait to see you. 





Resources on Re-Opening!

Arts Ed NJ has developed a guide outlining the strategies, plans, and solutions needed for arts instruction to be delivered to our students in a way that addresses, first and foremost, the health, safety and well-being considerations for our students, faculty, and staff. Click the logo above for more information!
Addressing ACEs and Trauma through a Healing Centered Engagement Model (HCE Project)  Schools Applications Due October 15th - see all requirements here 

The HCE Project will provide professional learning, coaching and training for all school faculty and staff, with the goal of developing a multi-year Healing Centered Engagement whole-school Action Plan. The Plan will focus on the design of a HCE vision for school climate and culture, relationships with community, and revised policies. 
-Selected schools will be required to identify a support team for this initiative which will serve as the school’s organizing entity for an inclusive process to create and help implement the HCE Action Plan. 

You will find a link to the information session recording and PowerPoint that outlines the components of the initiative. If selected for participation you will receive:

  1. Three 2-hour trainings: ACE Interface, Trauma Informed Schools, and Healing Centered Engagement for all school staff and community partners;
  2. Streamlined trainings for families and interested community members;
  3. Youth-Mental Health First Aid training for one or two staff members;
  4. An FEA-assigned Coach to support the school and partners with visioning, community asset mapping, community engagement, etc.;
  5. Connections to other resources and learning opportunities as they become available; and
  6. Participation in a statewide HCE community of practice.
If you have any questions about this exciting initiative, please contact Mary Reece at

APLI Application Is Open!


The Arts Professional Learning Institute’s mission is to provide professional learning opportunities to New Jersey’s teaching artists, classroom educators, and school administrators. APLI aims to engage the arts educator in inclusive, progressive, arts-based professional learning experiences so that the whole student can be reached, inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and ability.


·     LEARN. APLI’s unique design pairs teaching artists and school educators around the state in inclusive, innovative, and important workshops, led by the state’s arts educational leaders. 


·     CREATE. APLI Fellows will work together to share implementation strategies via follow-up webinars and through 3-day residencies. 


·     RELATE. APLI Fellows will also be given entry into Connect, the statewide teaching artist professional learning conference held by the New Jersey Arts Education Collective. Connect provides fellows the opportunity to learn from statewide and national leaders in arts education, the ability to network with artists throughout the state, and a time for reflection of the APLI program. 


This *PAID* opportunity for school educators and teaching artists is an incredible way to collaborate with likeminded individuals, create art in a safe, inclusive environment, and develop your instruction - all with student benefit in mind!


·     Application Deadline: November 19, 2021 APPLY HERE

New Video Released for Creative Youth Development Research Report!

Young people are innovating, imagining, and creating new pathways toward just futures through support from Creative Youth Development (CYD) organizations.

The Lewis Prize has created a video to share this exciting research about the essential roles CYD music organizations play in their communities, both before and during the pandemic. Please click the logo above to watch and share the video. 

AIE 2022 - 2023 Guidelines and Application

The application for the 2022 - 2023 Artists in Education Residency Grant Program is available October 1, 2021.

·     Early Bird Deadline: February 4, 2022

·     Application Deadline: March 4, 2022

An Artists in Education (AIE) grant places professional teaching artists in your classroom for a long-term (20-day minimum) residency. Residencies are customized for any grade level or arts discipline (performing, visual, literary). AIE grants provide professional development for your administration and staff, a culminating event to engage the school and its community, and a reflection day for students to reflect on their achievements.

The Artist in Education Residency Grant Program is a great opportunity for schools to:


·     Access programming in value of $11,000+ 

·     Impact curriculum

·     Expand the arts experiences of students and teachers

·     Provide effective professional development in the arts

·     Create long-term impact on your school and community through the arts

·     Incorporate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into your curriculum 


6th Annual Design Challenge & Fellowship

This year's Design Challenge & Fellowship is shaping up to be an awesome program! We will soon be recruiting Newark middle schools to be teams for this year's challenge. We also are looking for companies to sponsor our teams. Sponsorships start at $2,500, so if your company is interested, or if you are a middle school looking to participate, contact Erin today.
Peter and the Wolf
Announcing a Family-Friendly Virtual Concert
Presented in English and Spanish
Premieres Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30 pm on the NJSO YouTube Channel.

Experience Prokofiev’s classic tale about an adventurous boy and a hapless wolf. This special presentation blends animation with on-stage performances as instruments portray the duck, bird, cat, wolf, hunters, Peter and his Grandfather. The whole family will love this charming story and wonderful introduction to the orchestra.

Apply for the ALI Youth Media Symposium 2021-2022 Program!

The Youth Media Symposium (YMS), ALI’s after-school youth development program, develops youth leaders in schools and the community by introducing Newark students, ages 13 through 18 to education advocacy, historical literacy, and the art of using digital media technology as a tool for social change. ALI’s approach centers youth as leaders, prioritizes youth voice, empowers youth to identify their strengths, and provides resources and support to help youth achieve post-secondary success. 

The school year, the Youth Media Symposium will be documenting the return to ‘normal’ after experiencing a global pandemic. Youth participants will have a choice between five academies, where you will learn valuable marketable skills. The academies for this school year are as follows:

Photography | Videography | Journalism | Digital Media | Leadership

To apply click here.

~ Our Fall Fundraiser ~ Thursday, October 7 
Forging Perspectives: The GlassRoots - Peters Valley Fellowship Exhibition
Purchase tickets or sponsorships or make a donation!
Discover new art, enjoy a taste of wine and cheese, bid on our online auction 

$75 Basic Ticket
$100 VIP Ticket - early access to online auction and invitation to meet-and-greet with Fellows at 4:30 pm
$500 Sponsorship - 2 tickets, early access to online auction and invitation to meet-and-greet with Fellows at 4:30 pm


*NEW* Employment Opportunity

For this listing and others, be sure to check out the Partner Portal!

Administrative Assistant will handle a variety of administrative tasks to support the Executive Director and daily affairs of GNHCC. Daily responsibilities shall involve scheduling meetings, responding to emails and telephone calls, and drafting meeting minutes, memos, and presentations and supporting program, staff and external partners. This is a part-time position with an estimated work week of 22 – 25 hours.
To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to Kristen Rugel at with the subject, “Administrative Assistant”.
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