2022 Guidelines

General Guidelines

Participants

Participation is for students ages 13-19 who reside in Ocean County, NJ.

Platform

Festival components will take place in both an in-person and virtual format. Virtual submissions must be turned in by March 11th at 2pm for adjudication.

Ocean County Festival vs. State Festival

School registration for the NJ State Teen Arts Festival is separate from the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival. Schools will be notified in a timely manner after adjudication if they have been selected to showcase in the State Festival. Please note that details regarding the annual state festival have not been released at this time. This information will be shared as soon as it is made available.

Virtual Submission Recommendations

For examples of virtual performance submissions, please refer to videos from the 2021 festival on The Grunin Center’s YouTube page.

  • Film with a horizontal orientation
  • Frame the subject(s) in the center of the shot
  • Submissions should be filmed in one single shot from a static angle
  • Sound and picture must be clear, be aware of fans, AC/heat, or other distractions that can turn on during the recording
  • Each group submission must be its own video file
  • Performance videos should not be edited, please do not add music, graphics, titles, virtual backgrounds, or computer animation unless they are a part of the performance.

Adjudication Guidelines – Performance Categories: Dance, Instrumental, Musical Theater, Drama/Theater, and Vocal

Group Sizes

Group sizes remain the same:
Large = 16+
Small = 1-15

How to Submit a Large File Entry

For virtual submissions of up to 2GB in size, please use https://wetransfer.com/ and send your file to estratton@ocean.edu

Large Group Guidelines
  • Each school may submit a maximum of 2 Large Groups for each performance category
  • Each Large Group may submit 1 entry
  • Maximum length of each submission is 10 min
  • The following instruments are available on campus for large Instrumental groups to use in their in-person performance:
    • 4 Ludwig Timpani
    • Musser 3½ Octave Xylophone
    • Musser 4 Octave Marimba
    • Gong
    • Acoustic Piano
    • Remo Bass Drum
    • Yamaha 3 Octave Glockenspiel
    • Musser 2½ Octave Metal Xylophone
    • Riggs Tubular Bells

All virtual performance submissions will be adjudicated on content, not video production quality. Please see Virutal Submission Recommendations above.

Small Group Guidelines
  • Maximum of 20 Small Group entries per school, per category
  • Each soloist may submit only 1 entry, but may appear a second time as part of a separate small group.
  • Max length of each submission is 5 min
  • Small Instrumental groups must provide their own instruments.

All virtual performance submissions will be adjudicated on content, not video production quality. Please see Virtual Submission Recommendations above.”

Adjudication Guidelines – Creative Writing

Limits

Maximum of 8 entries per school

  • Prose: limit of 4 pages
  • Poetry: limit of 4 poems or 4 pages, whichever is greater
How to Submit

Entries should be attached to Entry Form when submitting

Accepted formats: .doc or .pdf
File name should include the student’s last name, School, and either Poetry or Prose. Example: Smith-TRNorth-Prose
Max file size: 1MB

Layout

Formatting Requirements: Formatting Requirements:

  • 8 ½” x 11” page in portrait orientation
  • 1” margins on all sides
  • Font: 12pt. Times New Roman
  • Title at the top left of the page
  • Page numbers at the bottom right
  • Every entry must include in the upper right-hand corner of the page:
    • Student’s Name
    • School and Grade Level
    • No written comments should appear on the work.

Adjudication Guidelines – Video

Limits

Maximum 3 entries per school
Maximum length 10 minutes per entry
Entries may be worked on by individuals or groups

How to Submit

For submissions of up to 2GB in size, please use https://wetransfer.com/ and send your file to estratton@ocean.edu. If your submission is over 2GB in size, or you have any questions regarding the use of WeTransfer, please contact estratton@ocean.edu for assistance

Adjudication Guidelines – Visual Art

General Visual Art Guidelines

Virtual submissions file names should be the student’s name (example: erikstratton1.jpg).

Max file size: 1MB per image

All artwork to be exhibited in-person must be provided to our staff by March 18th, and will be exhibited during the Festival from Monday, March 21st through Friday, March 25th, 2022. We will provide release forms to be signed for nominated work to be transmitted to the NJ State Teen Arts Festival.

How to Submit

Virtual entries can be attached to the entry forms.

In-person entries can be hung March 14-15, 2022.

2D Limits and Formats

Maximum of 20 2D entries per school
Virtual submission may submit 2 images per entry: once close up, and one distance view
Accepted formats: .jpg or .png

All student work must:

  • be two-dimensional (2D) artwork (painting, drawing, collage, print, mixed media, computer-generated or photograph)
  • be no larger than 18”x24”. A standardized label will be provided after your school registers and must be attached to the bottom right-hand corner after your school registers
  • show creativity and originality, composition, content, and technical skill
  • follow copyright and plagiarism rules
3D Limits and Formats

Maximum of 5 3D entries per school
May submit 2 images per entry OR 1 360 walk-around video per entry. Please choose one format or the other.
Virtual submissions may include up to 2 images per entry, or 1 360° walk-around video. Please choose one format or the other.
Maximum time is 1 minute, and no commentary may be included.

All student work must:

  • three dimensional (3D) (ceramic, glass, plastic, wood, paper mâché, and mixed media)
  • be no larger than 18”x24”.
  • A standardized label will be provided after your school registers and must be attached or be placed close to the artwork
  • show creativity and originality, composition, content, and technical skill
  • follow copyright and plagiarism rules

Adjudication Conversation and Workshop Guidelines

Adjudication Conversations

Adjudications conversations are not guaranteed, however, we will do our best to fulfill all requests.
Adjudication Conversation scheduling, whether in 1 block or separated, will be at the discretion and availability of the adjudicator.

  • Large-Group Performances: Conversations with the adjudicators will be limited to 10 minutes per category with the adjudicator, divided amongst all submissions from your school.
  • Small-Group Performances: Conversations with the adjudicators will be limited to 20 minutes per category with the adjudicator, divided amongst all submissions from your school.
  • Creative Writing: Conversations with the adjudicators will be limited to 10 minutes with the adjudicator, divided amongst all submissions from your school.
  • Video: Conversations with the adjudicators will be limited to 10 minutes with the adjudicator, divided amongst all submissions from your school.
  • Visual Arts: Conversations with the adjudicators will be limited to 30 minutes with the adjudicator, divided amongst all submissions from your school
Workshops
  • Advance registration is highly recommended.
  • Out of respect to the workshop leader, please make every attempt to arrive on time.
  • To fully engage in the workshops, we encourage everyone to turn the video feature on.
  • Your school codes of conduct and/or respect while in a virtual environment apply to all Ocean County Teen Arts workshops.
  • You are representing your school during all workshops.