This March begins the kickoff of the Teen Arts Festival circuit in New Jersey. Individual counties across New Jersey host local Teen Arts Festivals showcasing the literary, performing and visual talents of the resident teen artists.
At these county festivals, the students receive constructive feedback from professional artists. In addition to the showcasing of creative work, students are able to partake in workshops where they can discover new art forms and learn more about their already dedicated art forms.
Outstanding students from local Teen Arts Festivals are nominated to represent their home county by showcasing their creative talents on the state level at the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival on May 31, June 1, and June 2 at Ocean County College in Toms River.
The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival is the culminating celebration and showcase of talented teen artists from all across the state of New Jersey.
The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival strives to create a greater community amongst the arts educators and student artists them to come together is this state-wide celebration. At the New Jersey State Festival State Festival by offering master class workshops for students, a college fair, special guest performances, and professional development credits for teachers. Junior and/or seniors who showcase their work are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to further their education.
New Jersey Teen Artist Network
In addition to the day of festivities offered by the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival efforts are being made now to help create a New Jersey Teen Artist Network by hosting the “Express Yourself Contests” where students can post their literary, performing and visual works on the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NJTEENARTS.
Students can win a $25 Gift Card by posting their creative work and receiving the most likes for their Facebook post.
The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival is also proud to announce the sponsorship provided by the New Jersey Education Association! The NJEA sponsorship combined with the sponsorship of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation is sure to make the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival the premier state-wide celebration of the arts in education!
Arts Educator of the Year
Nominations are currently being sought for the Arts Educator of the Year Award presented by The New Jersey Education Association and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
This award has been established to honor an outstanding Arts Educator who has made a significant impact on their students, school district and community. The award includes the honor of the title along with a $3,500 stipend. The award recipient will be honored at the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival on May 31st. Nominations can be made by school principals and arts supervisors. Visit: www.njteenarts.com/aey to submit nominations virtually and/or download the paper form.
Please head out and support your local County Teen Arts Festivals this March as well as those in the coming months leading up the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival. Be sure to ask your County Teen Arts Coordinator about student nominations and overall participation for the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival taking place at Ocean County College in Toms River on May 31, June 1 and June 2! We love to see you there! Visit:
Be sure to ask your County Teen Arts Coordinator about student nominations and overall participation for the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival taking place at Ocean County College in Toms River on May 31, June 1 and June 2! We love to see you there! Visit:
Learn more at www.njteenarts.com and be sure to follow New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube: @NJTEENARTS
Harrison H. Haney is a professional puppeteer who has recently returned to his roots to serve as New Jersey State Teen Arts Coordinator at the Arts & Education Center in Matawan. Haney holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the internationally recognized Puppet Arts program at the University of Connecticut where he also earned his second BFA in Acting. Follow Haney’s creative journey and artistic projects on Instagram @hhhcreations.