Newark Innovation Fund / Renew the Arts (Community Foundation of New Jersey)


35 Knox Hill Road
P.O. Box 338
Morristown, NJ 07963-0338
County: Essex


Mr. Hans Dekker

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For the support of the coordinator of the Renew the Arts Initiative, a strategic approach to advancing arts education in the Newark Public School district.

Organization Background

Renew the Arts was established in 2013 to explore and pilot strategies that ensure all students are receiving rigorous sequential arts programming and exposure to high-quality community arts experiences. RTA helps inform a larger, district-wide arts education strategy to support the following goals: 1) To expand NPS students' access to rigorous, sequential arts programming in multiple art forms, and 2) To ensure all NPS students have exposure to high-quality arts experiences in the community. The Professional Learning Community (PLC) will ensure collaboration and sharing resources, knowledge, and best practices; and content will support the district's vision of "arts for every child in every school. Renew the Arts schools model the vision for the district by piloting and adopting district arts education practices and tools, and this year, particular attention will be paid to alignment with district arts goals. RTA will be expanded to 5 new schools, and all returning RTA schools will be expected to deepen their work in sequential arts education, partnerships and collaboration, and leveraging resources.

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