March 2, 2007

CONTACT: Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746
Wayne Avery, (908) 527-4742



The annual Union County Teen Arts Festival will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Cranford Campus of Union County College, located at 1033 Springfield Ave., Cranford, opposite Nomahegan Park.

The Teen Arts Festival showcases the artistic and creative abilities of Union County's youth. Students from more than 50 public and private schools participate at the Festival each year. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the accomplishments of our talented teens.

“The 2007 Union County Teen Arts Festival is a wonderful example of how public and private partnerships support the Arts,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski.

At the Teen Arts Festival, students participate in performances, master classes, inter-active workshops, and critiquing seminars led by professional artists in all disciplines – visual arts, music, theatre, dance, and creative writing. All the performances are open to the public. Assistive services are available on request.

The event is coordinated by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and hosted by Union County College. Sponsors and supporting agencies of the 2007 Teen Arts Festival are: the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Union County Department of Parks, Recreation and Facilities; Office of Public Information; Union County Prosecutor’s Office; Elizabeth, Cranford, Hillside and Union Boards of Education; the Paper Mill Playhouse; participating schools and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State.

Community supporters of the Festival include: RSI Bank; Emiliani Enterprises; Moore Stephens PC; Bayway Lumber; Independence Community Foundation; S.M. Electric Company, Inc.;  La Voz Newspaper; Union Center National Bank; Harbor Consultants; Ironworkers Local #480; Sam Ash Music Corporation; C.R. Bard; and Villani Bus Company.

Anyone interested in attending the Union County Teen Arts Festival should contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth 07202; telephone (908) 558-2550 or email for a program brochure or other information. NJ Relay service users should call 711.