On April 20th, Appel Farm hosted its third Annual Teen Arts Festival! We were so pleased that Salem County schools returned to our campus and that Gloucester County schools officially joined the celebration here for the first time.
Fifteen schools across both counties sent more than 550 middle and high school students and 30 teachers to Appel Farm to share their artwork or an instrumental, vocal, dance or theatre performance while experiencing professional adjudications with constructive critiques.
Appel Farm invited 10 teaching artists to provide hands-on visual and performing arts workshops and we also recruited 15 arts professionals to share written and verbal feedback with each student presenter. Several area art colleges, including Moore College of Art & Design, The University of the Arts, Salem Community College, and Stockton University, were also on hand to meet with students throughout the day and chat with them about their future plans.
A highlight this year, as in past years, was our Open Mic Cafe to encourage student performers to share their talents with all of us while mingling with other like-minded young artists.
Additionally, we were thrilled to award three 2-week camp Appel Farm Arts Camp scholarships to outstanding Teen Arts participants. Congratulations to Jennifer Rosado from Pennsville Memorial High School, Shelby Ritterson from Clearview Middle School, and Kaitlyn Bouffard from Williamstown Middle School!
Now, students who have been selected and referred by the County Teen Arts Festivals will head to the NJ State Teen Arts Festival in order to showcase for adjudication at the state level, on May 30, 31 and June 1 at Ocean County College. Appel Farm has strengthened our partnership with Teen Arts by assisting with professional development workshops for teachers and master classes for students attending the festival, and we’ve promised Arts Camp scholarships to the students who receive top scores in their adjudications and critiques.
*Funding for the Gloucester County and Salem County Teen Arts Festival 2018 was provided, in part, by the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission, OceanFirst Foundation, and Investors Foundation.