Each spring, Monmouth Arts presents the Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of young artists from across Monmouth County. In light of the pandemic affecting communities around the globe, Monmouth Arts has decided that this year we must once again present this program virtually, in an effort to keep all of our young students, teaching artists, panelists, and educators safe.


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). 

Much like last year, there will be two components to this year's festival:


    • On April 28-30, Monmouth Arts will conduct adjudications in each of the artistic disciplines over Zoom. Additionally during this period, educators will be emailed participation links for virtual workshops in a variety of different disciplines. While these workshops are completely optional for festival participants, we encourage educators to integrate them into their lesson plans during the festival days, in an effort to create a full artistic experience for their students.


    • In the weeks leading up to the festival, we will once again present the Teen Arts Virtual Stage + Showcase, as a means to continue providing students with an outlet to present their work for the rest of their peers. Typically during our physical festival, students have the opportunity to perform on stage, or have their work displayed publicly - and since this year that has proven impossible to do in-person, we will revive the Virtual Stage + Showcase as a means to allow students to freely express and share their work and performance with their peers and the public. Details on dates and how to submit will be made available in the weeks to come. 


Monmouth Arts is very excited to announce our second annual Teen Arts Virtual STAGE + SHOWCASE! Since the world of fall plays and spring musicals, class art exhibits, dance recitals and more has not been a reality as of recent, we know just how much our students miss their art experiences. 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 the pandemic, we hope to provide our teens with an artistic outlet as part of our Virtual Teen Arts Festival.



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, March 19, and will continue each Friday through Friday, April 16. 



Any student of a registered school (or students who registered for the Teen Arts Festival individually) between the ages of 13-19 is eligible to submit an entry! Entrants must currently be following Monmouth Arts on Instagram (@MonmouthArts). 



In early March, we will post the entry form right here on our website. Students can fill out and submit the entry form along with your video or image by Wednesday of each week during the showcase period! 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. 

To learn more about the Teen Arts Virtual Stage + Showcase, and to submit your entry, click here!



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


All pre-Festival paperwork will be completed ELECTRONICALLY this year. Registration is NOW OPEN, and the Evaluation Forms will be made available beginning in January. The due dates for all Teen Arts paperwork are listed below. Please note there will be a $100 late fee for any late paperwork.


Click here for the 2021 General Guidelines

***PLEASE NOTE: There are MANY changes to the guidelines in each discipline this year. 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 Deadline: EXTENDED - Monday, March 8, 2021

Teen Arts Showcase Begins: Every Friday, beginning March 19th

Creative Writing and Film Deadline: March 12, 2021

Sheet Music Deadline: March 26, 2021

Dance/Music/Theatre - Video Upload Deadline: April 9, 2021

Visual Art/Photography - Photo Upload Deadline: April 9, 2021


Please reach out to us if you have questions on the fees, or need help determining what your fee will be.

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




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

Stay tuned for more updates on the 2021 Monmouth Teen Arts Festival! 


The fees for the 2021 festival are above. Registration forms and checks/purchase orders are due on February 26, 2021, made payable to Monmouth Arts. THERE IS A $100 LATE FEE AFTER FEBRUARY 26. LATE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON MARCH 5, 2021. 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

105 Monmouth St.

Red Bank, NJ 07701


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