Keeping arts education and our students safe as we return to in-person learning may seem daunting in a year that has already challenged each of us and our communities in a number of ways. As a resource to our educators, parents, students, and community partners, Arts Ed Newark has compiled a number of resources to help your school teams, teaching artists and you begin to re-enter school buildings safely. We will continue to update these resources as we receive more information and learn more. If you have a resource you would like us to add, please email












Arts Ed NJ has created the September Forward Fall 2021 Guidance for Arts Education in Changing Conditions to provide practical guidance for K-12 schools as administrators and arts educators seek to provide meaningful arts instruction for students of all ages and grade levels as New Jersey emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. In this unique time, arts educators are modifying their practices not only in teaching, but in classroom orientation, cleaning, spacing, and management. It’s understood that arts educators, as trained professionals, are committed to offering the very best instruction so all students can learn and grow in their knowledge, understanding, and love of the arts.  

















Following the June 29 release of the New Jersey Department of Education’s The Road Back, Restart and Recover Plan for Education guidance to reopen schools, Arts Ed NJ unveiled the September Ready Fall 2020 Guidance for Arts Education, a comprehensive, 126-page document offering practical guidance for K-12 school administrators and arts educators seeking to provide meaningful arts instruction for their students in safe IN-PERSON learning environments.








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September Ready Taskforce for Arts Education was comprised of representatives from the New Jersey Department of Education, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, New Jersey PTA, New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Art Administrators Association, New Jersey Music Administrators Association, Arts Ed NJ, Art Educators of New Jersey, Dance New Jersey, New Jersey Music Educators Association, New Jersey Thespians, Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Grunin Foundation, Montclair State University and Rowan University.


CLICK HERE for Arts Ed NJ’s COVID-19 Resources

There is a new pot of funding coming from the Federal Government to the state of New Jersey which will impact EVERY school district. Known informally as CARES II, this funding is FOUR TIMES the allocation for EACH district than what was provided over the summer as part of CARES I. Allowable use of these funds INCLUDES support for Arts Education. 


Please review the guidance compiled and shared by Arts Ed New Jersey and work with your administrators to develop plans on how these funds may benefit arts education programs in your schools.







Education for COVID-19 Vaccines from the CDC

Immunization Education and Training


Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine


What to Expect at Your Appointment to get Vaccinated for COVID-19

Keeping Arts Ed Safe at School

Parents: Are you looking for things to do with school-age children at home? 


GlassRoots weekly changing virtual studios offering lectures, classes, contests

Play Montclair Art Museum's outdoor BINGO scavenger hunt with your little ones

Newark Museum of Art's Virtual gallery Tours, games, Storytimes and more

Newark Public Library Virtual Story Hours:

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems & The Kennedy Center

ART Ed Guru remote activities with everyday objects

Pencils & Plums is an easy-to-use website with thousands of creative drawing ideas for kids of all ages. We feature drawing prompts, pictures to finish, and even a free pdf ebook.

You will find more than enough drawing inspiration to keep you and your kids busy for hours.


NJPAC in your living room! Watch performances here

Newark Yoga Movement Yoga classes online

New Victory Theatre's Daily Arts Break 

​Dancio is offering 2 weeks free use, including ballet and modern master classes -

CLI Studio: CLI Studio is offering 2 weeks of dance classes online.

PBS Learning Media: Dance: Hundreds of videos available from PBS LearningMedia, exploring many styles of dance, as well as resources to encourage participation, analysis, appreciation, and history of Dance.


Trauma-Informed Care & the Arts Series
January 2022
Limited availability!


2022 Trauma-Informed Care & the Arts Peer Learning Community
begins February 2022
Register Here