The Johnny Mercer Foundation
As legendary American songwriter Johnny Mercer put it: “You’ve got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive.”
And that’s exactly what NJPAC and the Johnny Mercer Foundation are achieving together in a partnership that fosters the arts of composing and music-making in New Jersey middle schools. The pilot program was set in place for the 2012-2013 term at four schools in Newark, East Orange and Jersey City, engaging approximately 100 middle-school students. These musical theater residencies allow NJPAC Teaching Artists to introduce students to the history of the American musical, lyric writing and the rehearsal and performance process. Each residency meets twice weekly for 20 sessions.
All these exercises in creativity and self-expression conform to New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and culminate in a rousing performance by the students at NJPAC.
Founded in 1983, the Johnny Mercer Foundation supports the art of songwriting in the tradition of the Great American Songbook, as exemplified by Johnny Mercer (1909-1976), the renowned songwriter, performer, collaborator and producer. The foundation celebrates his legacy through partnerships with individuals and organizations dedicated to nurturing the disciplines he mastered and causes he championed with his wife, Ginger.
Click here to read more about the foundation and its collaboration with NJPAC Arts Education.