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Teen Arts on campus March 19th

3/19/2019 9:14:00 AM

Sussex County Community College is proud to showcase the arts during the 2019 Sussex County Teen Arts Festival scheduled for Tuesday, March 19. Visit sussex.edu/teenarts for a full schedule.

Students from schools throughout Sussex County will assemble at SCCC for a day celebrating creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theater, film making, visual art, and vocal music.  Workshops, demonstrations, and performances will take place throughout the day. Performances will be critiqued by professionals from the tri-state area.  The art exhibit is open to the public March 25 through April 17 during college hours.

It is expected that between 1,200–1,400 7th through 12th grade students will participate in the event, which runs from 8 a.m. until 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. Additional funding is provided by the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Throughout the day, a variety of workshops are open to students. Dozens of professional artists will provide instruction and demonstration of their crafts including African drumming, a mime performance, poetry, juggling, improvisation, hip hop dance, Sumi painting, woodturning, blacksmithing, weaving and much more!

“This is a unique opportunity for Sussex County’s teens to come together in an environment of vibrant and bustling creative activity,” said Anita Collins, Coordinator of Sussex County Teen Arts at SCCC. “This festival serves to inspire creativity across all forms of artistic expression. It is a wonderful day of active engagement by students, artists, teachers, parents, community members, volunteers, and SCCC staff.”

The Visual Arts and Video evening reception will be held on Wednesday, March 20 from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. On view will be all of the student artwork submitted by schools, with 2-D and 3-D pieces displayed campus wide. In the ensuing weeks, student artwork selected by professional artists will be showcased at various locations around the county. 

“Selected student works for the exhibits represent a range of talent,” said Collins. “We are always delighted by the depth of artistic expression shown by our local teens.” Students will be selected by the artists to represent Sussex at the State Teen Arts Festival May 29 -31. Arts scholarships will be awarded 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, contact Anita Collins at acollins@sussex.edu.

SCCC provides 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.