We Want to See Your Students Connecting Art to Community!

Art is a power vehicle for collaboration, communication, and change. This year, in addition to the visual and performing art categories, the 2022 Morris County Teen Arts Festival will inaugurate a Community Art Project competition.

As a part of this new category, area schools are encouraged to submit proposals for an original Community Art Project connected to this year’s festival theme: “Arts for Change”.

What is Community Art?

Community art is art in any media whose form, function, and meaning are created for the general public, is visually and physically accessible to the public, and is installed or staged in public space or the public realm, very typically, outdoors.

In keeping with our festival theme, we ask participating schools to consider how their proposed Community Art Project might use art as a catalyst to disseminate information to people, advance social change, build a bridge between communities and artists, articulate ways people might improve their lives, community, or environment, or provide space for community interaction.

The proposed projects can be permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary and can consist of murals, plantings, performance art, or wall art (just to name a few possible mediums). There is no ‘right or wrong’ way to create community art, if you keep safe, stay within the law, and ‘do no harm’.

How Will the Competition Work?

Of the submitted Community Art Project proposals received by the deadline of March 25, 2022, three finalists will be chosen for mentorship by the Teen Arts Committee and various guest artists. The finalists will be asked to document their process as they move their proposed project to completion by May 1, 2022. Completed projects will be judged by the Teen Arts Committee on May 11, 2022, with one project awarded the top prize: $1000 for their school.

How to Participate

Schools that are interested in submitting a proposal for consideration should do so by completing the Community Art Proposal by clicking the “Click Here to Register” button under the first paragraph above, no later than March 25.

In the application, we will ask for: a detailed description that includes the project’s title, type, and proposed location as well as a rationale of how the proposed project interconnects with this year’s Morris County Teen Arts’ theme of “Arts for Change”. All proposals need the approval of school administration to be considered.

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