County College of Morris (CCM) will be continuing its longstanding tradition of hosting the regional Teen Arts Festival on May 14, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students from local middle schools and high schools will
have the chance to present their talents in a celebration of music, theater, visual arts and dance. The festival exhibits are open to the community for viewing throughout the week.
This year 19 schools in the Morris County area will be participating. In addition to having their work judged by professionals, students will have the chance to attend workshops ranging from creating collages to improv comedy.
It is a very dynamic experience,” remarks Catherine Parrillo, coordinator of Enrichment programs at CCM. “Every year we have an open-mic ‘coffee house’ where the kids who are total strangers get up and jam together or read poetry.”
The Teen Arts Festival serves not only to recognize the work of outstanding students, but also to highlight the educators who encourage the creative spirits of their students in the classroom.
The community can get a sense of the amazing work their teachers do year after year,” adds Parrillo. “It is a good time to show the value that art education has in schools.”
This year’s festival is supported by the CCM Foundation as well as Investors Bank, The Provident Bank Foundation, and the Morris Area Arts Council. Any corporation, organization or individual who is interested in sponsoring future festivals should contact Joseph T. Vitale, executive director of the CCM Foundation at 973-328-5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org