Sussex County’s First Virtual Teen Arts Festival Scheduled for March 16

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NEWTON (March 2, 2021) – Sussex County Community College is proud to showcase the arts during the 2021 virtual Sussex County Teen Arts Festival scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 on

Students from area schools throughout Sussex County will celebrate a day of sharing their poetry, creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theater, filmmaking, visual art, and vocal music. Student performance videos will be available for viewing by the public and will be critiqued by professionals from the tri-state area. An online gallery will display all works of creative writing, poetry, fine art, digital art, photography, and design at

It is expected that nearly one thousand 7th through 12th grade students will participate in the event, which will be held 100% virtually due to the impact of COVID-19 on public gatherings. The Teen Arts Festival critique process is open to students in Sussex County who pre-registered for the event. Registered schools include: High Point HS, Hopatcong HS, Lenape Valley RHS, Newton HS, Pope John XXIII Middle School, Sparta HS, Sussex County Technical School, and Wallkill Valley RHS.

The Teen Arts Festival has been made possible through funding from SCCC, School Districts of Sussex County, and donations from 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.

In addition to critiques, professional artists will provide video workshop instruction and demonstration of their crafts, including African drumming, Origami, Sumi painting, jewelry making, break dancing, weaving, wood carving and more. Students can follow the instruction at their own pace or gain inspiration.

“During these challenging times, the arts and self-expression are more important than ever. Being able to share talents, thoughts and feelings in one’s own unique way in a safe, supportive community is priceless,” said Anita Collins, Coordinator of Sussex County Teen Arts at SCCC. “This festival serves to inspire creativity across all forms of artistic expression and is a wonderful day of engagement.”

After the festival, student artwork selected by professional artists will be showcased in the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council’s virtual gallery.

“We are always delighted by the depth of creative expression shown by our local teens in all the performing arts categories,” said Collins. “Students may be selected to represent Sussex County at the NJ State Teen Arts Festival June1-3 in the categories of creative writing, dance, filmmaking, instrumental music, theater, visual art, and vocal music.

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

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


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