The next annual Union County Teen Arts Festival will be held March 14th – 15th, 2019

For more information contact the:
Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ  07202
(908) 558-2550  –  Fax (908) 558-2652
E-mail –


December 2018
Festival Application emailed to Schools

January 22, 2019
Festival Applications and Creative Writing DUE – All disciplines including Visual Art!

February 22, 2019
Visual Art Master Sheets DUE

Early March 2019
Festival details e-mailed to schools

March 12, 2019
Visual Art Teachers hang artwork at UCC, Cranford, NJ – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

March 14, 2019
Union County Teen Arts Festival (High School) 8:30 am– 2:30 pm

March 15, 2019
Union County Teen Arts Festival (Middle School) 8:30 am–2:30 pm

March 15, 2019
All artwork must be picked up from UCC after 2:30 pm – The office will not be responsible for artwork that is not picked up by 4:30 pm.

Mid April, 2019
Selections for Teen Arts Touring Exhibit sent to schools

April 22, 2019
Release forms for Tour, Reproduction DUE

Union County Teen Arts Showcase at Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway, NJ

May 29, 30 and 31
NJ State Teen Arts Festival, Ocean County College, Toms River


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Union County Teen Arts Festival
Union County College
1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford
High School – Thursday, March 14, 2019
Middle School – Friday, March 15, 2019
8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Your cooperation is required. All performing/exhibiting students must be 13 to 19 years old. No student may enter in more than two disciplines. Performance time limits, as set on the application, and as indicated by you, will be strictly enforced. Time will be called even if a performance or a critique is not complete. Leniency in this regard has caused schedule problems in the past and can no longer be allowed. Please note one chaperone is required per 15 students. We hope to accommodate your needs; however, performances will be scheduled on a first come first served basis. Applications must be submitted by January 22, 2019. Literary Arts submissions are also due on January 22, 2019. Return applications to Union County Teen Arts Festival, Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202

Visual Arts Application Guidelines

Several art and photography pieces from the Festival will be selected for the Union County Touring Exhibit. In addition, the County may choose pieces for publication in a brochure or other promotional materials. Please indicate on Master Sheet if any entry is not available for such purposes.

  • Please submit one application indicating total number of student entries. Submit separate visual art Master Sheets for each category (i.e., 2D, 3D or Photo). IMPORTANT: Complete all information requested. Applications due by January 22 and Master Sheets due by February 22. Send originals, please do not fax.
  • Complete separate Master Sheets for each category (i.e., 2D, 3D, photo or computer graphics) and circle category where indicated. Labels to attach to your entries are enclosed. Please duplicate as needed. Each entry must include: Artist’s Name, School, County, Grade, Age, Teacher, Title & Medium.
  • Only one entry per student is allowed. Student must be present for critique in order to be selected for further venues.
  • Hanging Instructions: All 2-D pieces must be appropriately mounted and/or matted. Work must stay on the panel without falling. Unframed pieces must be wrapped in acetate – including the mat. Framed works: DO NOT USE GLASS! Use PLEXIGLASS only.
  • All pieces must be suitable for public exhibition and representative of your school.
  • All work must be picked up from UCC after 2:30 on Friday, March 15. Each school is responsible for removing artwork between 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm. Any artwork remaining at UCC after 4:30 that day is NOT the responsibility of Union County or Union County College. All artwork, including computer graphics, must be original images. No copy work is allowable

Literary Arts Application Guidelines

Several creative writing pieces from the Festival will be selected for publication in the Union County or Creative Writing Anthology or used for other Teen Arts purposes. Please indicate on the application if any entry is not available for such purposes.

  • Creative Writing due with applications January 22.  Critique sessions are scheduled only for students whose work is submitted with application.
  • Please have students bring 2 copies of work submitted to the Festival.
  • CAPS: Each school is allowed 10 Poetry and 10 Fiction/Essay entries.  (No reports)
  • One entry per student in either Poetry or Fiction/Essay.  An entry consists of as many writings — IN ONE GENRE ONLY — as can fit on a maximum of THREE pages.
  • Use one side of standard 8½ x 11 white paper with 1″ margins on every side, typed, double spaced.  No hand writing. Use a standard font i.e., Arial or New Times Roman.  12 pt. minimum.
  • At top right of page please show: Student’s Name, School, County, Grade, Age and Page Number (i.e., Pg.1 of 1; etc.) Give your poem, short story or essay a title.
  • Submit everything in duplicate: Two (2) copies, each individually stapled.
  • Please be certain students understand that they will attend an assigned critiquing session at the Festival with a professional writer for a discussion of the writing they submitted.  Students must attend critique session to be selected for further venues.

Critique Application

This form is required in order for student or group’s performance or work to be scheduled for a critique session. Teacher must complete this form separately for EACH performance or writing submission. (Save this form onto your computer, then complete and re-save.) For Visual Arts ONLY, complete one (1) form for ALL teen participants.

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School Information

Teacher(s) Involved

Please list each teacher involved and their corresponding discipline and e-mail address each on their own line.

Student Information

(approximate number)