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The AENJ Advisory Council (AC) is comprised of New Jersey Art Educators who design and coordinate annual professional development events. The AC is comprised of representatives from each NJ region: South, Central and North and, each division: Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Each year AC designs a variety of professional development offerings, ranging from media-specific workshops, museum visits and forums that provide art educators with opportunities to engage with new topics, techniques, and strategies that impact art teachers, their students, and school art programs.

2018-19 Advisory Council

Larissa Danowitz (South, Secondary Division) – Chair
Megan Richards (South, Middle Division) – Co-Chair
Patty Ann Nehrbauer (South, Elementary/Middle Division)
Lisa Confora (South, Secondary/Special Education)
Veronica Barahona (North, Elementary Division)
Andrina Wizner (North, Elementary/Middle Division)
Dr. Kathleen Doherty (Central, Higher Education)
Teri Trumpbour, Board of Directors, NJEA Representative (Central, Elementary Division)
Dr. Deborah Greh, Executive Director
Lora Marie Durr, President-Elect (Central, Secondary Division)

 2018-2019 Professional Development Schedule

Oct 27, 2018 – Exploring the work of Kara Walker, Montclair Art Museum
Dec 1, 2018  – Printmaking or STEAM, Peters Valley
Jan 26, 2019  –  Book Arts with Dave DiMarchi, Artworks Trenton
February 9, 2019 – Encaustic, Woodstown, NJ
February 16, 2019 – Montclair Art Museum
Feb 23, 2019  –  Breakfast and a Workshop, Middletown Arts Center
April 6, 2019 – Luna Parc
April 2019 (TBD) – Clay Workshop, Williamstown, NJ
May 4, 2019  –  Say It With Clay, Collingswood, NJ

Something new for 2018-2019 – AENJ Book Club!

For conference, we read and discussed Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
We’d like to keep this discussion going with more books! Join us in reading Andy Warhol: A Biography by Wayne Koestenbaum next! Look for updates on our November 5, 2018 FREE meet up to discuss – and stay tuned for the next book!

Meet-up with the AC! Get together with other art educators in the spirit of friendship and collegiality within our state.

Web Beat registration emails are sent to members prior to events and are posted on the AENJ FaceBook page:

Want to help? If you are interested in assisting with the planning of professional development for AENJ members, or if you know of a great location in the state where you would like us to hold a workshop or event, contact Larissa Danowitz or Lora Marie Durr at to share your thoughts.

Our association is only as strong and vibrant as our members make it – join us and get involved, we welcome new ideas!