On Wednesday, April 6, the Glasstown Arts District will host the Cumberland Cape May Countys Teen Arts Festival after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. Nearly 700 teenagers from both counties will arrive to participate in arts and crafts workshops.
Everything takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Workshops will be held at the Levoy Theatre, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Rowan College South Jersey, Village on High, Hands Up Silent Theatre, Millville Public Library and Glasstown Plaza.
The festival will feature student visual arts exhibits (2D and 3D) and student performances in dance, theater (large and small groups), musical theatre, vocal choral music, solo and small ensemble vocal performances, large and small performances instrumentals, piano, guitar, examples of creative writing/poetry and student-produced videos. The work will be exhibited for the duration of the festival. The artwork will represent the best of teenage artists from Cumberland and Cape May counties.
The Cumberland and Cape May Counties Teen Arts Festival is not a competition. Performances will not be compared or ranked. Instead, the focus will be on sharing achievements and learning. All student work at the festival will be publicly reviewed by professional artist referees, both verbally and in writing.
Students receive critiques of their work and often “sit-in” on critiques from other emerging artists in their discipline, increasing their educational experience. The festival’s professional artists/judges will provide in-depth reviews and analyzes of students’ works, performances and group presentations – a process that all students report is most beneficial to their growth as artists.
Students who excel in their particular art form are selected to be sent to the state level. Only students invited to participate may be judged by state-level judges. For more information on the NJ State Teen Arts Festival, visit TeenArtsFestivalNJ. Scholarships are available at the state level.
The festival will also have lunch options available to students, teachers, staff and volunteers at all downtown restaurants. A few local food truck vendors will be set up to accommodate the crowd.
Every school with teenage students and home-schooled children had the opportunity to participate in this annual festival. If you have any questions about this, contact your child’s school.
Here in the Arts District, we appreciate the collaboration with the committee that makes this event possible, such as the Levoy Theater. We are also grateful for the financial partnership with the Cumberland and Cape May County Cultural and Heritage Commission, which funds the event. It’s a great way to cultivate the creative sector of young people in our communities.