Teen Arts Festival (click for a full listing of events)
March 15, 2016 (snowdate March 16)
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The exhibits are open to the community any time during the College’s regular operating hours.
The arts will be showcased at Sussex County Community College when the 2016 Sussex County Teen Arts Festival takes place Tuesday, March 15.
Students from area schools throughout Sussex County will converge on SCCC for a day of creative writing, dance, instrumental, theater, video, visual art, and vocals. Workshops, demonstrations and performances will be presented throughout the day. Performances will be critiqued by professionals from the tristate area. The art exhibit is open to the public March 9 through March 16 during college hours.
It is expected that between 1,200–1,400 7th through 12th graders will participate in the event, which runs from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Teen Arts Festival is open to registered schools and the parents of students from those schools.
The Teen Arts Festival has been made possible through funding from SCCC, School Districts of Sussex County, and donations from the Aeroflex foundation, individuals and businesses. Funding has been available in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Block Grant program, administered by the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.
Students can attend a variety of workshops throughout the day, from life drawing to jewelry to game art graphics and floral design, to stage combat, poetry, African drumming, and mime, as well as many others. “Stop ‘N Go Art Stations” include Chinese Brush Stroke, positive energy art, photography, and more. Demonstrations on magic, juggling, chain saw art and song writing will take place. Forty- five varied professional artists will be working with the teens.
“It’s a great learning experience for the students,” said Stella Trikouros, Assistant Professor of Theater and Communications at SCCC, and the Coordinator of the Teen Arts Festival in Sussex. “County teens are given the opportunity to experiment with a variety of art forms and to share their completed work or performances in a supportive atmosphere and to the public. These devoted artists travel up to three hours to get to SCCC. It’s a full day for students, artists, teachers and SCCC staff.”
The Visual Arts and Video reception is held on Wednesday, March 16 from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. This exhibit includes all of the student artwork submitted by the schools, with 600 2-D and 3-D pieces in 4 buildings. In the ensuing weeks, student artwork that was selected by the artists will be showcased at various locations around the county.
“Selected student works for the exhibits are always an eclectic variety of mediums and age range,” said Trikouros. “It’s a nice mix of talent and perspective.” Students will be selected by the artists to represent Sussex at the State Teen Arts Festival June 1, 2, 3. The State Teen Arts Festival will be offering scholarships to outstanding student artists.
Sussex County students first participated in the State Teen Arts Festival in 1969. SCCC has sponsored the Teen Arts Festival in Sussex County since 1989. For more information on the day’s events, visit sussex.edu/teenarts.
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