The NJAEC is run by members who volunteer their time, share their expertise, and work tirelessly to enhance arts education.


 

NJAEC Chair Jacqueline Knox is the Arts Education Program Associate with Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern PA where she is responsible for the following programs: The NJ State Council on the Arts Artist in-Education Long-Term Residency Grant Program, the NRG Creatively Green Family Arts Festival Award Program and the YA Afterschool Initiative. She manages and delivers professional development for teachers and teaching artists. Ms. Knox brings 20 years’ experience in the arts as a professional actor, director, producer and teaching artist. She is a founder and the former Producing Artistic Director of 12 miles West Theatre Company in Montclair, NJ, where she guided a 50 member professional resident theatre company through 6 years of award-winning productions. During her tenure at 12 Miles West, Ms. Knox was named “Best Actress” by the Star-Ledger and cited for “Best Direction” by the New York Times. Prior to joining Young Audiences, Ms. Knox was the Vice President of Development for Batfilm Productions, responsible for the Batman film franchise.Jknox@yanjep.org 

NJAEC Co-Chair Kerri Sullivan is the Director of Arts Education & Outreach at Appel Farm Arts & Music Center. In addition to her work at Appel Farm she is an adjunct professor of Theatre and a Clinical Supervisor for the MST program at Rowan University. Kerri is a consultant to the New Jersey Department of Education on numerous projects, including writing the Model Curriculum for Visual & Performing Arts and the new Student Learning Standards for theatre. She was also a member of the Visual and Performing Arts Design Team for the Delaware Department of Education. Kerri was Chair of the New Jersey Theatre in Our Schools Conference for the American Alliance for Theatre in Education from 2012-2014. She has taught and directed drama and theatre at Princeton Junior School in NJ and Middletown High School in DE. Kerri is a founding Board Member of The FAF Coalition, a creative placemaking organization in Woodbury, and is a Commissioner with the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission. Kerri earned a BFA in Theatre Arts with a major in Acting from The University of the Arts and a MA in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities from New York University.ksullivan@appelfarm.org 

NJAEC Treasurer Michelle Baxter - Schaffer joined the Collective in February 2016 after taking on the role of Administrator for the Artists in Education Residency Grant Program. Michelle is passionate about arts education and has always advocated for its importance in her work, most notably as Program Manager of FoodPlay Productions, and Community Engagement Fellow at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Michelle received her Master’s from Drexel University, where she served as President of a student-run board which annually participates in Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. Michelle attributes her successes in life (in large part) to the invaluable life lessons she learned in the theatre community. She believes every child deserves a comprehensive education that includes the arts and is thrilled to be working on a program that brings the arts to classrooms throughout her home state of New Jersey.Michelle.Baxter-Schaffer@sos.nj.gov  NJAEC Secretary Barbara Reuther has served as Education Director at Morris Arts since 2001. She oversees arts programming for schools and community organizations, manages a broad roster of performing and teaching artists and promotes their work through the publication of an annual Arts Education Program Guide, the presentation of a 2-day Arts Education Showcase and a Cultural Arts Roundtable. She administers the Council’s Arts Residency program, overseeing grants as well as placement, planning and assessment of artist residencies. Prior to arts administraton, Barbara taught Art K-8 for over 10 years in Madison and Rockaway Township, New Jersey. She is the co-author and illustrator of Art Curriculum Activity Kits – Primary Level  and Art Curriculum Activity Kits – Intermediate Level published in 1988 by Prentice Hall and republished in 2001 as one book Complete Art Curriculum Activities by Pearson Publishing. breuther@morrisarts.org 
Noreen Scott Garrity, MFA, is Associate Director of Education at the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts (BFA,  University of Delaware; MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago). Ms. Garrity has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2011 Hometown Hero Award from the Campbell Soup Foundation, a 1998 Applause Award for Accomplishment in the Field of Arts Education from the Markeim Arts Center and  two Merit Awards for Excellence in Administration from Rutgers University. Before coming to Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Ms. Garrity has taught art on the college level at Bucks County Community College and was Program Coordinator at both the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia and at the Chicago Children's Museum. ngarrity@camden.rutgers.edu

Kristin Wenger is the Director of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, the unifying organization and central resource for arts education information, policy and advocacy in New Jersey. Prior to this position, Kristin was the Executive Director of Young Audiences of New Jersey from 1986-2005. During her tenure Young Audiences grew over 14 times in size and reached millions of children in NJ. Upon leaving, the Kristin Wenger Fund was established in her honor. From 2006-2008, she was an adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies where she taught Managing the Arts. She is the co-chair of the Education Committee for Arts Plan NJ, a member of Creative NJ and serves on the Certification Team for Young Audiences, Inc. She is a past president of the Alliance for Arts Education/New Jersey and is a founding member of the NJ Arts Education Collective and the Artists in Education Consortium. She has a BA in Government from Skidmore College, a MS in Mass Communication from Boston University and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Mandel Center of Case Western Reserve University. kris@artsednj.org 

Jim DeVivo is Director of Education for Writers Theatre of New Jersey and a teaching artist who specializes in the creation of theatre with, for, and by young people. At Writers Theatre, Jim coordinates literary and performing arts residencies at schools and in communities across the state. Jim is also a PhD candidate in the Program in Educational Theatre at NYU where he is researching the impact of arts participation on former student-writers from the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival. He has taught at NYU, Manhattanville College, Middlesex Community College, and Monmouth University and participates as an Artistic Associate for the New Plays for Young Audiences Series at the Provincetown Playhouse. Jim is a recipient of a New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education and the Lowell S. and Nancy Swortzell Graduate Scholarship. He has an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU and a BFA in Theatre and English from Niagara University. jdevivo@wtnj.org