January 17, 2022 I Management
Arts Ed NJ Executive Director Morrison Steps Down
Arts Ed NJ, a New Jersey statewide voice for arts education, has announced that its co-founder, former board chair and current executive director Robert Morrison will be stepping down effective June 30 following nearly two decades at the helm.
Morrison, a music and arts education advocate, social entrepreneur and businessman, participated in the launch of Arts Ed NJ as the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership in 2006 following years of planning and input by arts and education leaders statewide to create the proper conditions for arts learning to take place for the 1.4 million students attending more than 2,400 schools in the state.
“Bob is a visionary leader in arts education in our state and throughout the nation,” said Mary Reece, Arts Ed NJ board chair. “Together with key stakeholders, Bob initiated the design and implementation of the NJ Arts Education Partnership - now Arts Ed NJ. Our field is much stronger as a result of Bob’s stewardship of important initiatives in arts education over the past two decades. On behalf of the members of the Arts Ed NJ Board, I express our gratitude and appreciation for Bob’s many years of service and dedication on behalf of arts educators and education.”
“I’ve had a very successful run with Arts Ed NJ, and I will be forever grateful to the New Jersey arts education community, which has come together in unprecedented ways to collectively impact arts education in our state,” Morrison said. “At the same time, the field will benefit from a fresh voice and a new perspective. The Arts Education Data Project is growing exponentially and needs my full time and complete attention. After successfully navigating the most challenging aspects of the COVID19 pandemic, and with a fantastic staff and board in place, this is a good time for new leadership of Arts Ed NJ as it continues to successfully move into the future.”