Teen Arts Festival

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Congratulations to all the schools and independent students who participated in Mercer County's 2019 Teen Arts Festival on May 3, 2019, and all the musicians, visual artists, film makers, choreographers and other arts professionals who made this year's Festival such an engaging and educational day! Congratulations are also extended to the 150+ Mercer County students who were advanced to the 2019 NJ State Teen Arts Festival (May 29 - 31, 2019). Click here for a full list of students and student groups advancing to the 2019 State festival.  

The focus of the Festival, hosted annually on the beautiful West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College, is not on competition but on participation in performance seminars, critiquing sessions, master classes and workshops in media and visual art, dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music, film and creative writing.

Goals of the program are to help students develop perceptual, intellectual and technical skills; gain cultural awareness and understanding; develop personal aesthetic values and learn self-discipline, critical thinking and problem solving through analyzing, interpreting and making judgments.

Photographs of student performances and artwork displayed at past festivals are featured in the online gallery, below. You can also browse some Mercer County Teen Art Anthologies, highlighting some of the terrific poetry and prose submitted by local teenagers who attended the festival.


History of Teen Arts

The first State Teen Arts Festival was held at McCarter Theatre in 1969. It was a collaborative planning effort by New Jersey arts educators, the State Department of Education, the New Jersey Sate Council on the Arts, the New Jersey State Museum and McCarter Theatre.

Friends Of Teen Arts (FOTA) was responsible for developing the New Jersey State Teen Arts educational and artistic philosophy and program development. Teen Arts Festivals are a forum where students who have created outstanding works in other arts initiatives throughout the year can premiere their works to an audience of peers. Outstanding performing and exhibiting teen artists from county-level Teen Arts Festivals are selected to move on to the three-day New Jersey Teen Arts Festival held at Ocean County Community College. This year's state show will be held May 29 -31. For more information on the state show, visit https://www.njteenarts.com/

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