Event: The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival

Date:   May 26 and May 27

Location: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

Sponsors: Arts & Education Center and Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ – The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival, presented by the Arts & Education Center and Monmouth University, will be held at Monmouth University on May 26 and May 27, 2010.  The Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.  Art exhibitions featuring work from the festival will be on display from 3 to 5 p.m. in Anacon Hall, Pollak Theatre, Wilson Hall, and 800 Gallery.  The exhibitions are free and open to the public.


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During the two festival days, top artists/teachers from around the state will critique, as well as teach workshops and master classes in their individual specialties, including drama, filmmaking, voice, acting, instrumental music and more. Prior to the State Festival, at the county level, students in their home schools prepare and practice their chosen art presentations for critiques and critical analysis, in one or two arts disciplines. Students who excel in their particular art form are selected to be sent to the state level.

Tony Petito, executive & artistic director of Arts and Education Center stated:  “For over forty years the NJ State Teen Arts Festival has been the premiere showcase for our young artists, providing a unique educational opportunity for the development of talented students and a celebration of their extraordinary artistic abilities. The Arts & Education Center is proud to be presenting the Festival, with which we have had a long and distinguished history.”

Dr. Stan Green, dean of Monmouth University McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said: “We are extremely pleased to be hosting the NJ State Teen Arts Festival.  Faculty from across the arts curricula will be participating by adjudicating student work and teaching master classes.  The Teen Arts Festival complements the mission of our Center of Distinction for the Arts and its goal of connecting the arts and engaging students.”


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 State Council on the Arts, Arts & Education Center, the New Jersey State Museum, and McCarter Theater.  Monmouth University hosts the festival for the first time in May 2010.

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