Monmouth Arts is closely following communication from the CDC, the NJ Department of Health, and the Monmouth County Health Department regarding the outbreak of COVID-19. The health and safety of our students, teachers, artists, staff, and community are our highest priority. It is for this reason that Monmouth Arts has come to the tough decision to postpone the 2020 Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival at this time; details regarding the new Teen Arts dates are below. Please click here for more info on Monmouth Arts' response to the COVID-19 pandemic.



May 28th & 29th, 2020
Brookdale Community College
Lincroft, NJ



Monmouth Arts is very excited to announce the kickoff of our first-ever Teen Arts Virtual STAGE + SHOWCASE! We know that recent school closures and restrictions on public gatherings have resulted in the cancelation of many of our local student artists’ events - including our Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival, Spring Musicals, Spring Concerts, Art Exhibitions, Dance Recitals, and more. Monmouth Arts realizes that the arts are more important now than ever before; it is through the arts that we can express our feelings, provide comfort to one another, inspire hope for the future, and bring together our talented community of artists...and we want YOU to help us to do all of these things! 


In response to the current state of things, we hope to provide our teens with an artistic outlet, much like they would have experienced at our Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival (that has been postponed), however in a virtual format that keeps everyone safe and healthy!



Each Friday, Monmouth Arts will share a short video on our social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) featuring performances, visual art, and more from young artists throughout our community! We invite viewers from locally and beyond to check out the incredible talent thriving right here in Monmouth County. Visual arts selections compiled throughout the contest will be compiled into an Online Teen Arts Gallery! The first Virtual Stage + Showcase will be posted on Friday, April 3. 



Any Monmouth County resident between the ages of 13-19 is eligible to submit an entry! Entrants must currently be following Monmouth Arts on Instagram (@MonmouthArts). 



Head online to [] and submit the entry form along with your video or image by Wednesday of each week! Videos selected for that week’s Virtual Stage + Showcase will then be compiled and shared on Monmouth Arts Facebook & Instagram pages each Friday. Entries for each round will open weekly on Thursdays (for the following week). Only 1 submission allowed per week. Monmouth Arts may publish entries in a following week’s showcase. 



There sure are! Participants who submit entries, and also sign up to become Student Members of Monmouth Arts, will be entered in Prize Drawings throughout the duration of the virtual program! Prizes include gifts from Rook Coffee, Playa Bowls, AMC Movie Theatre, the Count Basie Center for the Arts, and more! You can sign up to become a Student Member for FREE at for your chance to win! Participants who are already Student Members of Monmouth Arts are also eligible to be entered in these prize drawings. 



Reach out to Arts Education & Events Manager, Vinny Martini, with any questions you have! He can be reached via email at



For those schools who have not participated in recent years or ever before, the Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival happens over two consecutive days in mid-March (March 19 & 20, 2020). We invite all teens ages 13-19 to experience professional critiques in their artistic disciplines, fun and interactive cross-disciplinary 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, art/music studios, and dance schools to participate. If your school does not sign up, individual teens can register with the help of their parents (if under 18 years old). 

As you may already know, this Spring commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Earth Day is celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This anniversary comes at a time where it is more important than ever before to be talking about how we can protect our planet. Monmouth Arts is joining in on this worldwide celebration of activism for our 2020 Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival, and we are thrilled to announce this year's theme: ReCreate!

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The festival will feature workshops with content based around this theme of environmental conservation and awareness, and I hope that many of your students will prepare work for the festival that is encompassing of the theme as well (although, not required).


ReCreate! will also provide an opportunity to facilitate conversations with students around the idea of how they can make an impact through their artistry. Artists can be the most powerful advocates, and it is my hope that students will explore how to contribute to conversations and make their concerns about the future of our Earth heard! As students begin to prepare work for the festival, I hope you will take time to have discussions with them about how they can take on some personal responsibility for protecting our planet. Our goal is that students (and teachers too!) will leave this year's festival as ambassadors for change in their communities, as everyone of us is accountable for the world we leave behind!

Of course, you are in no way obligated to use this theme in order to participate. The theme serves as a useful tool for some teachers, who develop curricula around the concept. There will be several workshops and a group exhibition that utilize the theme during the festival, but again, there is no obligation to use this theme in order to participate.


This year, Monmouth Arts will once again be partnering with Brookdale Community College, and the festival will be held on March 19 + 20, 2020 on Brookdale's Lincroft campus, during their Spring Break week. 


  • CLICK HERE for Vimeo Group Link to Upload Film/Video Entries


      • Join "2020 MTAF Film Submissions" Group

        • You must first create an account if you do not already have one. It is preferred that an account be created by the school itself, and all entries are uploaded through that account. FOR EXAMPLE, a film teacher at Communications High School would create an account on Vimeo, and would then upload all of their students' MTAF entries onto that account.

      • Upload Entry to Personal Account

        • Click the blue button in the top right hand corner of the page that says "Upload" to upload the video. In the title, please put the title of the film. In the description, be sure to include the student's name. Please repeat this process for each entry.

      • Add the Film to the Group

        • Click the "Collections" icon on the video after it has been uploaded to your profile (looks like 3 squares stacked on top of one another) to add the film to the "2020 MTAF Film Submissions Group" and repeat for each entry.



Labels for Visual Art & Photography

  • CLICK HERE for Labels for Visual Art & Photography

    • These labels are to be put on the back of each piece of artwork (on bottom for 3D work, etc.). The label MUST be present, filled out completely, and attached BEFORE drop-off. It is the responsibility of the artist or teacher to ensure the label is attached to the work. Work without labels WILL NOT be adjudicated. 

    • The labels are also available on our website.




Please note that the guidelines below have changed since last year. Read them carefully and thoroughly before registering.


Evaluation forms are now available below! These MUST be completed IN FULL, PRIOR to the festival and before the due date (February 2nd). These, unlike the new registration form, will not be electronic, instead remaining on paper copies to be mailed, emailed, or faxed to Monmouth Arts. Performance and art selections must be made WELL ahead of the due date - and changes will not be permitted before the festival after the due date. This also means works of art to be submitted for adjudication should be known ahead of time, including size dimensions, titles, student names, etc. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE REGARDING THESE RULES. In order for the festival to be a fun and fulfilling experience for all involved, these guidelines must be adhered to. The due dates for all Teen Arts paperwork are listed below. Please be aware that any late submission of necessary paperwork will result in a $100 late fee, if it can be accepted at all. 



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2020 General Guidelines

***PLEASE NOTE: There are several minor changes to guidelines this year in some of these disciplines. Please read through guidelines carefully regarding each of the disciplines and eligibility to participate in each category of adjudication. ***


Dance Guidelines

Theatre (Drama) Guidelines

Musical Theatre Guidelines

Choir Guidelines

Vocal Solos and Small Vocal Ensemble Guidelines

Jazz and Large Instrumental Ensemble Guidelines

Instrumental Solo and Small Instrumental Ensemble Guidelines

Piano Guidelines

Creative Writing Guidelines

Visual Art Guidelines

Photography Guidelines

Video (Film) Guidelines

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Purchase orders (PO) and checks can be made payable to "Monmouth Arts" and can be mailed or faxed to:

ATTN: Vinny Martini, Arts Education & Events Manager

Monmouth Arts

105 Monmouth St.

Red Bank, NJ 07701

FAX: (732) 212-0530



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Interested in sponsoring the event? Learn how you can help by clicking here!

Stay tuned for more updates on the 2020 Monmouth Teen Arts Festival! 

The fees for the 2020 festival are above. 

Registration forms and checks/purchase orders are due on January 24, 2020, made payable to Monmouth Arts


Please plan accordingly and reserve your space with your students at the festival as soon as possible to avoid late fees.


Contact the Arts Education & Events Manager, Vinny Martini at:

732.212.1890 x6

Download last year's official Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival magazine here!