Wharton Arts Education Award

Robert B. Morrison

Robert B. Morrison has a long history as a supporter of music and arts education and is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers and advocates for arts education. Mr. Morrison is the founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation's preeminent arts education data analytics and market research firm. Mr. Morrison serves as the director of Arts Ed NJ, the statewide arts education policy group for New Jersey. Through his work, New Jersey has emerged as the leading state for arts education in the country. 

Arts Ed NJ

Arts Ed NJ is the lead organization overseeing arts education, professional development and infrastructure in the state of New Jersey (NJ). The mission of Arts Ed NJ is to create the proper conditions for arts learning to take place for the 1.4 million school students attending nearly 2,400 schools in the state. Arts Ed NJ works directly with policy makers, the associations representing Principals, Supervisors, Educators, Parents, School Board Members, Superintendents and the discipline specific arts education associations (Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Art) as well as all major cultural organizations with arts education programs.

This includes all schools in NJ urban and rural communities, including underserved populations such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The organization works closely with large urban districts to address issues that are unique to them which have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit artsednj.org to learn more.

Wharton Arts Lifetime Achievement Award

John C. Debney

Academy award nominated John C. Debney is considered one of the most prolific and successful composers in Hollywood. His unique ability to create memorable work across a variety of genres, as well as his reputation for being remarkably collaborative, have made him the first choice of top level producers and directors. Debney combines his classical training and a strong knowledge of contemporary sounds to easily adapt to any assignment. Mr. Debney has composed scores for many films including The Passion of the Christ, Hocus Pocus, Liar Liar, The Pricess Diaries, Iron Man 2, Chicken Little, Sin City, Bruce Almighty, Elf, and most recently, Jingle Jangle, among many others. For more information, visit johndebney.com