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The 2020 Ocean County Teen Arts Festival will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and Friday, March 20, 2020.
The Festival features many innovative components all designed to enhance the ability and careers of Ocean County Young Artists and to promote the importance of arts education in our schools. Students and arts teachers participating in the Ocean County Festival will be offered:
  • Student Exhibits & Performances
  • Student Critiques
  • Student Workshops
  • Arts Scholarships
Following is a brief description of each of these major components:

Student Exhibits & Performances

The Festival will feature student visual art exhibits (2-D & 3-D) and student performances in dance, theatre (large and small groups), musical theatre, vocal choral music, solo & small ensemble vocal performances, large & small instrumental performances, samples of creative writing & student-produced videos.

The artwork will be on display during the entire festival. The work will represent the very best of Ocean County teen artists.

Student Critiques

The Ocean County Teen Arts Festival is not a competition. Performances will not be compared or ranked in any way. Instead, the focus will be on sharing achievements and learning. All student work at the Festival will be publicly critiqued by professional artist adjudicators, both verbally and in writing.

Students receive critiques of their work and often “sit-in” on the critiques of other emerging artists in their discipline, increasing their educational experience. The professional artist/adjudicators at the Festival will provide in-depth critical reviews and analysis of the students’ works, performances and group presentations — a process that all students report to be most beneficial to their growth as artists.

Because of the importance of the critique to the success of the Festival, all Festival adjudicators will receive training in assessing student performances.

Student Workshops

Top teaching artists from around the state come to adjudicate, as well as to teach workshops and master classes in their individual specialties, including drama, filmmaking, voice, acting, instrumental music, and more. Different workshops and classes will be offered each day of the Festival.

The workshops and master classes help students develop perceptual, intellectual and technical skills; gain cultural awareness and understanding of various art forms; and develop personal aesthetic values. All Ocean County students attending the Festival may participate in these workshops and classes.


Students selected to participate in the Salute to Ocean County on April 7, 2020, may be eligible to receive scholarship monies. More details to come.

Professional Artist Performances & Demonstrations

At various locations throughout the campus, professional artists and art groups will be performing and/or demonstrating their work. These performances will expose high students to cutting-edge professional art works and foster a festive and creative environment.

Salute to Ocean County

The Salute to Ocean County will take place on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting event!