The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival is the statewide culminating celebration of the arts dedicated to inspiring New Jersey teen artists, educators, professional artists and arts advocates from all across the state to unite as one grand and all-inclusive community. The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival hosts a plethora of activities, focused towards recognizing the accomplishments of the Garden State's teen artists by showcasing their creative efforts in the literary, performing and visual arts. The showcases presented by these accomplished students at the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival have been nominated by their home counties to appear as exemplary representatives of the outstanding artistic talent blossoming all throughout New Jersey’s local communities. In addition to highlighting the accomplishments of the state’s talented teen artists, the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival is committed to furthering the interests of all who are in attendance by providing Master Class Workshops for Students, Professional Development for Teachers and College Fair composed of higher education institutions dedicated to developing professionals with passions to pursue careers surrounding the arts.

Special Guest Performances

Daily Performances: May30-June1 | 11:30 AM |Larson Student Center

May 30th

Simple Man

May 31st

Broadway's Ron Sharpe

June 1st

The RockNRoll Chorus

Simple Man’s sound is “genre-confused.” Their innovative sound fuses hip-hop, rock, indie, soul and more. Hailing from New Jersey, their cultural and religious diversity enables this unique group to produce universal music that speaks to any person regardless of religious or spiritual affinity.

Ron Sharpe was the first actor to have played both male leads of "Marius" and "Jean Valjean" in ("Les Miserables") on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include original productions of ("The Scarlet Pimpernel") Lord Hal, Alan Menken in Disney's ("King David"). Ron's television credits include several appearances on "The Tony Awards" on CBS, and at the "NBA All Star Game" in Madison Square Garden.

The RockNRoll Chorus launched it’s first tour and full length album (What They Didn’t Teach Us In School) in 2007. The RockNRoll Chorus has also been on the Grammy ballot several times for tracks on their albums Take A Second Look (2009) and Rounding Third (2012) in the categories of “Best Performance by a Pop Vocal Group or Duo,” “Engineer of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” “Best Rock Record,” “Producer of the Year,” and others.

Festival Workshops

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ShowcaseS & Adjudications


Learn more about the Showcase & Adjudication Process at the NJ State Teen Arts Festival!


2018 Teen Arts Festival Calendar

Warren County

Tue, Mar 13 & Wed, Mar 14 | Lackland Center at Centenary University 715 Grand Ave Hackettstwon, NJ 07840

Burlington County

Wed, Mar 14 & Thu, Mar 15 - Rowan College - 900 College Circle, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Monmouth County

Thu, Mar 15 & Fri, Mar 16 | Brookdale Community College - 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738

Union County

Thu, Mar 15 & Fri, Mar 16 | Union County College - 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ, 07016

Sussex County

Tuesday, March 20 | Sussex County Community College - 1 College Hill Road, Newton, NJ, 07860

Ocean County

Tue, March 20 & Wed, March 21 | Ocean County College - 1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ, 08753

Cape May County

Thursday, April 12 | Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204

Cumberland County

Friday, April 13 | The Levoy Theatre - 126-130 N High St, Millville, NJ 08332

Gloucester & Salem County

Friday, April 20 | Appel Farm Arts and Music Center - 457 Shirley Rd, Elmer, NJ 08318

Atlantic County

Friday, April 27| Art District of Hammonton - 219 Bellevue Ave, Hammonton, NJ 08037

Somerset County

Wednesday, May 16 | Raritan Community College - 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ, 08876

Bergen County

Friday, May 18 | Bergen Community College - 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ, 07652

Morris County

Friday, May 18 | County College of Morris - 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ, 0786

Mercer County

Friday, May 18 | Mercer County College - 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor Township, NJ, 08550

Hudson County

Tuesday, May 22 & Thursday, May 24 | NJ City University - 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ, 07305

New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival

Wed. May 30, Thur. May 31 & Fri. June 1 |   Ocean County College - 1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ, 08753

*The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival is made possible by a collaboration among the organizations listed below*


This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.