Ocean County Teen Arts Festival

The Ocean County Teen Arts Festival is proudly hosted by the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College. County Teen Arts Festivals are held throughout the state as a celebration of the arts dedicated to inspiring New Jersey teen artists, educators, professional artists, and arts advocates from across the state to unite as an all-inclusive community.

The Ocean County Teen Arts Festival occurs over two consecutive days in mid-March where high school students in Ocean County are invited to showcase their artistic talents to their peers and receive professional feedback from our adjudicators to help grow their talents as an artist while participating in free cross-disciplinary workshops on our campus. Students are welcome to “sit-in” on the adjudication of other emerging artists in their disciplines, increasing their educational experience.

Categories for showcase include the visual arts, creative and poetic writing, dance, music, vocal performance, and theatre. Our adjudicators for these fields are professional artists and educators from around New Jersey, and top students from each category will be nominated to participate at the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival, held in June.

This year’s festival will feature workshops with content based around the theme of Humans and the Environment, and we hope that many students will prepare work for the festival that encompasses this theme, although they are in no way obligated or required to do so.

About the Festival

2022-2023 Festival Dates

  • Schools must register to participate in the festival by January 13th at 5pm
  • Entry forms for artwork and performances are due by March 3rd at 2pm
  • Student 2D and 3D visual artwork can be set up the week of March 14th-17th
  • The Ocean County Teen Arts Festival will take place on March 21st and 22nd
  • The State Teen Arts Festival will take place at Middlesex County College on May 30th-June 1st

For questions about the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival, please contact oceanteenarts@ocean.edu, or 732-255-0400 x2386

How to Participate

Step 1 - School Registration

The School Registration Form is the first step to ensure your students can participate in the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival. The form should be filled out by your school’s Teen Arts Coordinator and submitted once. Please speak with teachers from all disciplines before submitting and indicate, to the best of your ability, what areas your students will participate in. If there are any updates to your plans, feel free to let us know as we use this preliminary registration to plan workshops and adjudicators. This form does not lock in your choices.

It can be accessed here.

Due Date: January 13, 2023 by 5:00 PM

Who fills out this form: Teen Arts School Coordinators

Number of Submissions: 1 per school

Cost per school:

-$225 for schools not participating in large group adjudications

-$275 for schools participating in large group adjudications

Step 2 - Adjudication Entry Forms

The Adjudication Entry Form is used to submit your individual students and groups’ performances, artwork, and writing submissions for adjudication. Each submission for the festival should have its own entry form. The form should be filled out by the discipline teachers for each student or group submission. Some disciplines may have limits as to how many pieces may be submitted. Please refer to most current festival guidelines here.

Last Date for Submission: March 3, 2023 by 2:00 PM

Who fills out this form: Teachers/Directors for their discipline

Number of Submissions: As many as needed as per 2023 Festival Guidelines. Guidelines may change from year-to-year, so please refer to them frequently.

Step 3 - Workshop Registrations

In addition to adjudications, Workshops will be available for students to attend during the week of the Festival. We highly recommend registering for workshops in advance is as many have limited spaces available and fill up quickly. This should be done by the individual student based on their personal festival schedule.

The workshop listings and online sign-ups will be available here in late February or early March 2023.

Due Date: Prior to Workshop date and time, either in-person or online.

Who fills out this form: Students or Teachers

Number of Submissions: 1 per workshop

Step 4 - Festival Attendance

A full schedule of programming, including workshops and performances, will be available in the week leading up to the festival.