Article Posted -- March 10, 2017
The Sussex County Teen Arts Festival will showcase the arts on the campus of Sussex County Community College (SCCC). Due to the impending storm for Tuesday, March 14, Teen Arts will be rescheduled for Thursday, March 16.
Over 1,400 area 7th through 12th graders from Sussex County will visit and participate in the events, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. held at SCCC. The day is full of creative writing, dance, instrumental, theater, video, visual art, and vocals. Several workshops, demonstrations and performances will be presented throughout the day. Student performances will be critiqued by professionals from the tristate area. The art exhibit is open to the public during college hours.
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.
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.
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.
SCCC provides an affordable, high quality education in a broad range of fields of interest. For more information about SCCC and its degree and non-degree programs, visit sussex.edu.