Teen Arts Festival

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Creative Beasts 2016

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We are gearing up for our 12th annual Monmouth Teen Arts Festival!  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 have the fortunate opportunity to partner with Brookdale Community College at their Lincroft campus for the 2016 Monmouth Teen Arts Festival.

The festival dates have been confirmed:

Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18, 2016

We welcome high schools, middle schools, home-schooled students and arts schools to participate.  Professional critique disciplines include:

  • Visual Art (2-D and 3-D)
  • Photography (Digital welcome)
  • Fashion
  • Video
  • Dance
  • Musical Theater
  • Drama
  • Jazz
  • Piano
  • Instrumental Solo and Small Ensemble
  • Vocal Solo and Small Ensemble
  • Choir (9+ singers)
  • Creative Writing/Poetry

Our theme this year–Creative Beasts.  This is a play on the artist as a creative beast and also the beast or animal as subject.  All disciplines should be able to work with this theme. Outstanding themed work will be considered for inclusion in our Arts Education Awards.  Please understand themed work is not a requirement for participation in the festival, nor is this theme related to the 2016 State Teen Arts Festival.  The theme is for marketing each year’s festival, for the juried visual arts exhibition during the festival, and for some of the workshops (visual and performing arts).

Online Registration will open on November 1, 2015.

Download Registration Form Creative Beasts 2016 here.

Registration Form and Purchase Orders or Checks for registration fees are due January 15, 2016.

There is a late fee after January 15, 2016. Please plan ahead accordingly and reserve your space with your students at our event as soon as possible.

LATE FEE:  $100

Late Registration closes on February 1, 2016.

I urge you to reserve your space with us because all county high schools have been actively invited to participate in 2016. The NJ State Teen Arts Festival has been on hiatus for over 5 years and will be resuming in 2016.  Monmouth teen artists selected from the festival will be invited to go on to the NJ State Teen Arts Festival on June 1, 2 and 3 of 2016.  Check out the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival for more information.

Updated fees for 2016, to reflect the growth and needs of the festival for the students:

Independent Entry (one)
Group up to 50
Group between 51-100
Group between 101-150
Group between 151-200
Group between 201-250

Return your Registration Form to Manda Gorsegner, Arts Education Manager, by e-mail, mail or in-person, as soon you confirm your school will be attending.  Reserve your school’s space now!

A complete application for the festival includes:

Registration Form

Registration Fee or Purchase Order

(both due by January 15, 2016)

All Evaluation Forms

(due by February 1, 2016)

Free image 4 Disciplines for Evaluations

Many evaluations are offered for one day only; please check disciplines for which your school is requesting evaluations:

Fashion Drama Visual Art
Dance Piano Photography
Choir (9+ singers)  Jazz

    Digital or Traditional Photography is welcome

Musical Theater Video
Creative Writing/Poetry
Vocal Solo

Small Ensemble

Instrumental Solo

Small Ensemble

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

Evaluation Forms for each discipline selected will be emailed to you after I receive your Registration Form.  These must be filled out and returned to Manda Gorsegner.

Check back regularly for more information and “like” TAF on Facebook!

Workshop for assistance completing TAF Registration and Evaluation Forms:

Thursday, November 12, 3-5:00pm

Workshop will be held in our Red Bank office (105 Monmouth Street, next to Count Basie).  Please RSVP if you plan on attending.

If you need assistance filling out forms and need to stop by another time, I’d be happy to meet with you!  Just send me an email, and we’ll go through it together!  ArtsEd@monmoutharts.org

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

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