Columbia High School Attends 2017 NJ Teen Arts Festival
On May 31, 2017 over 60 Columbia High School Fine Arts students traveled to Ocean County College to participate in the 2017 NJ Teen Arts Festival; 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.
Students and teachers engaged the plethora of festival activities, focused towards recognizing the accomplishments of the Garden State's teen artists by showcasing their creative efforts in both performing and visual arts.
The showcases presented by these accomplished art students are traditionally a result of nominations by their home counties.
However, since Essex County has not hosted a county festival in past years the South Orange Maplewood Supervisor of Fine Arts, James A. Manno, provided digital portfolios in the areas of Film & Animation, String Ensemble (large and small), Vocal Ensemble (large), Photography and Visual Art to festival adjudicators. All of the portfolio entries were rated proficient to exemplary by festival adjudicators. As a result, Columbia High School Fine Arts students were the sole representatives from Essex County at our state arts festival.
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.