The mission of Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs is to develop countywide programs and promote public interest in local and county history, in the arts, and in the cultural traditions of the community.
40 Farragut Avenue
Mays Landing
New Jersey
08330
United States
+1 (609) 625-2776 ext. 6314
+1 (609) 625-8143

Department of Administration

Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs

General Information and Registration

2020 Atlantic County
Teen Arts Festival May 8
Downtown Hammonton
Check back soon for School and Individual Registration Forms

Festival Schedule

REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC APPLICATION(S) ARE REQUIRED PRIOR TO THE EVENT: There is no on-site registration.

Due January 24, 2020

  • SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORM: Each school must complete only ONE registration form indicating the estimated number of students attending and anticipated disciplines the school will be performing in. Final count with payment is due on Friday, March 27, 2020. Download School Registration Form for additional instructions.
  • HOMESCHOOLED and/or INDIVIDUAL STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM: Homeschooled students or students who attend a school that is not participating in Teen Arts must register using the Individual Registration Form. Students under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent/guardian. A student cannot apply as an individual to represent a private school, if the public school they attend is performing in the same discipline. The $15 Individual Registration Fee is due on Friday, March 27, 2020. Download Individual Registration Form for additional information.

Due March 20, 2020

  • DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS FORMS: The Discipline-Specific forms are required to be completed by teachers to provide finalized information regarding group/individual performances, and art, film and literary submissions. Please follow all directions and ensure form is completed in its entirety; failure to do so will delay the scheduling process. Download links with the discipline-specific forms, release forms and multiple performance/discipline forms will be available below by mid-February 2020. An email notification will be sent to all listed contacts when forms are officially available for download.

Due March 27, 2020

    • SCHOOL INVOICE WITH FINAL COUNT OF STUDENTS ATTENDING FESTIVAL AND PAYMENT: On page two of the Registration Form, an invoice is included, which must be completed and returned with the final payment and student count. Payment by check only; cash will not be accepted. Registration is non-refundable.

Discipline-Specific Forms:

PROVIDE ALL REQUESTED INFORMATION – The Discipline-Specific forms will be available for download by mid-February 2020. Please complete and submit the forms when you are certain of all the details of your entry. The forms are specific to each art discipline. Select the appropriate form and follow all instructions and when indicated, forms must include a separate page outlining the student names, ages and grades. ONLY ONE DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC FORM should be filled out PER DISCIPLINE PER SCHOOL. The maximum number of entries is included on each form. If more than one teacher is submitting, please work together and submit one form.

VISUAL ART SUBMISSIONS: Please follow instructions included with the Visual Art Guidelines/Form. Detailed information regarding the submission of artwork will be provided no later than mid-April 2020 via email to participating teachers once the display location and intake date is determined. Selections for the Stockton Exhibit and the State Festival will be made prior to the festival. Remember, if a student wants to have their artwork considered for either post-festival events, it must be indicated on the display tag. If specific boxes are not selected, the work will not be considered. Adjudicators will be present during the festival to critique students’ works.

VISUAL ART PICK UP: Works selected for the Stockton University Selected Works Exhibit and/or the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival will be tagged prior to the Festival. There is no storage space available after the festival. Students/teachers are required to take all other works prior to their departure at the end of the festival.

CREATIVE WRITING SUBMISSIONS: Please follow instructions included with the Creative Writing Guidelines/Form. Guidelines follow the State Festival requirements, so please take note of page number limits, formatting, etc. The state will not accept any submissions that exceed the page limit requirements, which means they cannot be referred by the adjudicators. All work is sent out to professionals in the field for review; their comments will be provided at pre-scheduled “feedback session” blocks during the Festival. 

FILM MAKING SUBMISSIONS: Please follow instructions included with the Film Making Guidelines/Form. Guidelines follow the State Festival requirements, so please take note of time limits, formatting, etc. The state will not accept any submissions that exceed the time limit requirements, which means they cannot be referred by the adjudicators. All work is sent out to professionals in the field for review; their comments will be provided at pre-scheduled “feedback session” blocks during the Festival. 

DAY-OF GUIDELINES: The Festival Guidelines form is part of the pdf packet, which will be available for download by mid-February 2020. The signed Guidelines form must accompany the discipline-specific form.

NOMINATIONS TO STATE FESTIVAL: Adjudicators will select individuals or groups that they feel are particularly strong in talent and preparation. Those selected will be invited to perform, exhibit etc. at the NJ State Teen Arts Festival. These invitations will come from the Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. All schools that participate in the county festival are encouraged to register and attend the NJ State Teen Arts Festival held on June 3, 4 & 5, 2020. Any teen may participate (register) in the State Festival (attending and taking workshops and master classes) but only those officially invited and have registered are eligible to be placed on the performance or adjudicated exhibit schedule at the State Festival. www.njteenarts.com 

Each and every student who is either presenting or just attending the festival must be counted and included in registration:  As noted above, for performing arts and film, a separate page is required listing the students’ names, ages and grades (and instruments if applicable). For visual art/creative writing teachers, please use the Master Sheet included in the packet to provide the complete list of students’ names, ages, grades, etc. before sending in the application. A list providing the names, ages and grades of non-presenting students must be provided by the March 20, 2020 deadline.

NOTE – All contact and confirmations will take place via email. All registration and discipline-specific forms MUST provide a contact email address.

For questions about registration: Contact Kimberly Brown at 609-909-7309 or email: culturalaffairs@aclsys.org

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 24, 2020
DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC FORM DEADLINE: March 20, 2020
FINAL STUDENT COUNT & PAYMENT DEADLINE: March 27, 2020

Festival Forms

 ALL FORMS ARE IN FILLABLE PDF FORMAT.
Please copy to desktop and the document will work best if opened in either ACROBAT READER or PRO. The PDF was saved in a way to allow you to fill in the form and ‘Save As’ with entries intact.

Please always use the current year’s forms, as they do change every year. Each sponsoring teacher is required to fill, sign and return the Festival Guidelines form with the discipline-specific form. In addition, if student(s) are performing in two different disciplines, please provide their names and discipline name/number on the Multiple Performance Conflict form, which allows us, at a quick glance, to determine students presenting in more than one discipline. The form is not to be used as your student list. This will help us with the scheduling process. We have done away with individual application forms for each student, but are requiring signed Release Forms. Please contact Kimberly Brown if your school has something comparable that could be used in place of the Release Form. If the school’s form is deemed acceptable, our office will only need copies of those forms.

REGISTRATION FORMS:

2020 Discipline-Specific Application Forms

HOW TO SUBMIT REGISTRATION:
Mail or hand-deliver to: Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Atlantic County Veterans Museum, 189 Route 50 South, Mays Landing, NJ 08330.
Email: culturalaffairs@aclsys.orgplease enter Teen Arts 2020 in subject line.
Fax: 609-625-2381 (Please do not fax an excessive amount of pages to this fax machine. This is a shared fax machine with the Cemetery Office. Please email instead to culturalaffairs@aclsys.org

REGISTRATION FEE:
Fee for individual participant:  $15.00 each. Checks are to be made payable to Atlantic County Library Foundation.

Fee for schools: $5.00 per student. The invoice form must accompany the check or purchase order. Payment and/or purchase order must be received no later than May 27, 2020. Checks are to be made payable to Atlantic County Library Foundation.

NOTE: School participants will not be considered registered nor will they be entered into the schedule until this Office has received the school purchase order at a minimum.


The Atlantic County Teen Arts Festival is a collaborative arts education opportunity that has been provided to young people in Atlantic County and environs by the Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs for more than 25 years. Funding has been provided in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the ARts, a partner agency of the National Ednowment for the Arts.

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