Teen Arts Festival

 Thank you to everyone involved in making the 2016 Monmouth Teen Arts Festival a huge success!  We served 25 schools, 3 independent students, and 1,700 total students!


Click here to see the NJ State Teen Arts Festival nominations from Monmouth County!

People’s Choice Selections in the themed

Creative Beasts Exhibition during the festival!

  • Most Votes!   Long Branch High School, Carmen Guzmen
  • Runner-up by ONE Vote!   Neptune High School, Alexis Rosado Berkman
  • Third Highest Vote!   Matawan Regional High School, Lauren Weldon

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Our 12th annual Monmouth Teen Arts Festival took place on March 16-18, 2016, on the Brookdale Community College campus in Lincroft, New Jersey.  Every March, Monmouth Arts produces the county’s Teen Arts Festival, inviting all teens ages 13-19 to experience professional critiques in their artistic disciplines, fun and interactive workshops, peer performances and exhibitions.  We provide a welcoming environment for students to showcase their skills and hear valuable critiques from professional artists.


We welcome high schools, middle schools, home-schooled students and dance schools to participate.  If your school does not sign up, individuals can register with the help of their parents (if under 18 years old).

Our theme this year was–Creative Beasts.  This is a play on the artist as a creative beast and also the beast or animal as subject.

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Fashion Drama Visual Art
Dance Piano Photography
Choir (10+ singers)  Jazz & Large Instrumental (10+ performers)

    Digital or Traditional Photography is welcome

Musical Theater Video
Creative Writing/Poetry
Vocal Solo

Vocal Small Ensemble

Instrumental Solo

Instrumental Small Ensemble

*Students may request two critiques as long as they are in different disciplines and as the schedule permits.

*Fashion is not a discipline held at the NJ State Teen Arts Festival.

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Monmouth Arts would like to thank our Monmouth Teen Arts Festival Supporters:

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We would also like to send a Thank You to board member Richard Murphy and to Morgan Stanley for supporting the 2016 Monmouth Teen Arts Festival!

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After several years in hiatus, the NJ State Teen Arts Festival is back in 2016!

Only students who are nominated from each county’s annual Teen Arts Festival will be adjudicated by state-level judges.  Adjudicators at the state level are professional teaching artists and professionals in their fields.

Like our county festival, the state festival will hold workshops for ALL students to participate in.  All New Jersey high schools that are registered for the state festival are welcome to send students to participate in workshops and master classes.

In addition to workshops, master classes, video contests, a poetry cafe and adjudication, selected students from each county for adjudication will have the opportunity to win scholarship funds.

Registration for the 2016 Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival does NOT constitute registration for the NJ State Teen Arts Festival.  Monmouth Arts does not coordinate the state festival.

Check out their website for more information or for questions:  NJ State Teen Arts Festival


Check out the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation website for additional information on the NJ State Teen Arts Festival.

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For more information about the Monmouth Teen Arts Festival, please email Manda Gorsegner, Arts Education Manager, or call 732-212-1890 x 6.

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