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 17 & 18, 2022). 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). 

Teen Arts Festival

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As you may already know, Monmouth Arts is in the midst of celebrating our 50th anniversary, which means that Monmouth Arts has been celebrating the arts in Monmouth County for 50 years! We would never have made it this far without the support of our vibrant arts community, and the community of youth that have been participating in the Teen Arts Festival throughout the decades - and that is why we are excited that the theme for this year's festival is just that: COMMUNITY!

The festival will feature workshops with content based around the theme of Community, 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). 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 17 + 18, 2022 on Brookdale's Lincroft campus, during their Spring Break week. 


Registration is now open! Click the button below to register.





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


Evaluation forms will be made available on January 14, 2022! These must be completed in full, prior to the festival and before the due date (February 4th). 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. 



Click here for the 2022 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



Registration Opens: November 22, 2021

Evaluation Forms Available: January 17, 2022

Registration Ends: February 4, 2022

Evaluation Forms Due: February 4, 2022

Late Paperwork Due (Registration & Evaluation Forms): February 11, 2022*

Sheet Music Due: February 25, 2022

Creative Writing Due: February 25, 2022

Video Uploads Due: February 25, 2022

*any paperwork submitted after February 11th will be assessed with a $100 Late Fee, if able to be accepted at all. 

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As in previous years, not all disciplines will be adjudicated on every day. Please take note of the adjudication schedule below. 

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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 


In addition to submitting entries, all registered schools and independent registrants must submit Evaluation Forms for every discipline they are registered for. Below, you will find the Evaluation Form for each discipline. All Evaluation Forms are to be submitted no later than February 4th. 

Musical Theatre

Jazz & Large Instrumental Ensemble


Vocal Solo & Small Ensemble


Instrumental Solo & Small Ensemble



Visual Art


Creative Writing/Poetry



To ensure the safety of all festival participants and staff at the Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival, we will have strict guidelines in place with regard to the ongoing pandemic.

  • Masks will be required for all festival participants, including students, teachers, chaperones, and festival staff/faculty at all times. 

    • We understand there might be particular circumstances where a student may not be able to wear a mask (specifically, with regard to playing an instrument or other on-stage performance) and those instances will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

  • Monmouth Arts will not require Proof of Vaccination or Covid-19 testing, however, we do strongly encourage that students, teachers, and chaperones in attendance be vaccinated or have been recently tested for COVID-19 (and of course, received a negative result).

  • Monmouth Arts will require that all festival staff and faculty (including Monmouth Arts staff, volunteers, adjudicators, and teaching artists) be vaccinated against COVID-19, and we will ask those individuals to provide proof of vaccination prior to the event in an effort to ensure the safety of our students and Teen Arts community.

  • Monmouth Arts will make an effort to schedule adjudications and workshops in spaces with plenty of room for distancing, and will limit capacity of all festival spaces to 50%. Additionally, we will be encouraging participants to practice social distancing wherever possible.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available for use across the Brookdale campus throughout the festival. 


Monmouth Arts will continue to follow the most recent guidance from the CDC, the State of New Jersey, and the Monmouth County Health Department moving forward. More information regarding our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines will be available on our website in the weeks to come. If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 guidelines that will be in place for this year's Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival, you can contact Vinny Martini, Director of the Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival, at vinny@monmoutharts.org.


Monmouth Arts is accepting proposals for workshops at this year's festival! Click the link below to submit your proposal! 

The deadline to submit a proposal is February 4, 2022.

Monmouth Arts is seeking Workshop Proposals from professional artists for the 2022 Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival.  This year’s festival theme is Community! We are looking for several workshops to carry out this theme in a variety of innovative and engaging ways for students ages 13-19.  In addition to our popular workshops—which include the Empty Bowls Project and dance to name a couple—we are particularly interested in proposals for:

  • Video Production

  • New Media

  • Theatre

  • Music and Sound

  • Musical Theatre/Audition Prep

  • Dramatic Theater Makeup

  • Recycled Art

  • Dance/Choreography/Yoga Integration

  • Drum Circles

Get creative with your proposals!  The students are looking for fun, engaging workshops between their professional critique times.  Workshops should open students to new areas that aren’t always available in high school.  
(Please note:  Not all workshops need to cater to the Community theme.)

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and artists will be contacted as soon as possible to confirm acceptance.


Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic, we will be limiting the number of workshops in this year's event. 


As we have done for the past several years, Monmouth Arts is encouraging student artists to submit designs to be considered as the cover art for the festival program at the upcoming 2022 Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival! In addition to having your design on the cover of 2,000 programs at the event, the winner will also receive a $50 Red Bank gift card!

Theme: Community

This year's event theme is CommunityWe want your designs to showcase what that means to you. How do you contribute to your community? Who IS your community (your friends, your family, fellow artists, your neighbors, etc.). Use this as inspiration in creating your designs!

Deadline: February 11, 2022

Click here to download the Submission Form

Submission Guidelines:

  • Students submitting design work must be registered for the 2022 Monmouth Arts Teen Arts festival.

  • Designs should reflect the theme COMMUNITY

  • Submissions should be original ideas only. Of course, we encourage you to be inspired by your favorite comics and characters, but please only use original ideas and non-trademarked designs.

  • Monmouth Arts will add text as an overlay to the image with the festival name and relevant logos. The Monmouth Arts 50th Anniversary logo is available on our website to be used in your design as a placeholder to where you believe the logo should be within the design, but please be aware that Monmouth Arts reserves the right to alter those placements.

  • All visual art forms are welcome (traditional or digital art forms; photographs of 3-dimensional work are acceptable)

  • Designs must be submitted as a .pdf, in addition to the raw Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign file. Adobe files must include all editable layers. In other words, the file should be editable by our team. Altogether, a native file and an exported file must be submitted.

  • Size: 8.5" x 5.5" plus a .125" bleed

  • Signed Submission Form must be sent in with the design in order to be considered. We will accept submission from either individual students directly, or educators on their behalf. 

  • Submissions are due February 11, 2022 and the winner will be announced on February 22, 2022 on the Monmouth Arts Facebook and Instagram page.

  • Submission form and design must be emailed to Arts Education and Events Manager, Vinny Martini, at vinny@monmoutharts.org by 11:59PM on Friday, February 11, 2022.

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Brookdale Community College

In-Kind Sponsor

Interested in sponsoring the event? Click here to download the sponsorship form.

Stay tuned for more updates on the 2022 Monmouth Teen Arts Festival! The fees for the 2022 festival are above. Registration forms and checks/purchase orders are due on February 4, 2022, made payable to Monmouth ArtsThere is a $100 late fee after February 4th. Late registration will close on February 11, 2022. 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