The mission of Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs is to develop countywide programs and promote public interest in local and county history, in the arts, and in the cultural traditions of the community.
40 Farragut Avenue
Mays Landing
New Jersey
United States
+1 (609) 625-2776 ext. 6314
+1 (609) 625-8143

Department of Administration

Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs

General Information and Registration

Festival Schedule - View/Download


  1. SCHOOL REGISTRATION-DUE JANUARY 25, 2019: Each school must complete ONE registration form and pay the registration fee based on number of students attending the festival. Download registration for more information.
  2. HOMESCHOOLED and/or INDIVIDUAL STUDENT REGISTRATION-DUE JANUARY 25, 2019: Students must register and pay the $15 registration fee. Students under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent/guardian. Download registration for more information.
  3. DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS-DUE MARCH 22, 2018: Download links below will be live with the discipline-specific applications, release forms and multiple performance/discipline forms by mid-February 2019. An email notification will be sent to all listed contacts when forms are officially available for download.

ART SUBMISSIONS: Detailed information regarding the submission of artwork will be provided in April 2019 via email to participating teachers once the display location, and intake date(s)/time(s) are determined. Adjudicators will be present during the festival to critique students’ works.

ART PICK UP: Works selected to be included in the Stockton University Selected Works Exhibit and/or the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival will be tagged prior to the Festival. Students/teachers are to take all other works prior to their departure from the festival. For works that may be difficult to transport that day (e.g. large sculptures, etc.), please make alternative arrangements during intake day. 

CREATIVE WRITING SUBMISSIONS: Please follow instructions included with the Creative Writing Guidelines/Application. All work is sent out to professionals in the field for review; their comments will be provided at "feedback sessions" scheduled during the Festival. 

FILM MAKING SUBMISSIONS: Please follow instructions included with the Film Making Guidelines/Application. All work is sent out to professionals in the field for review; their comments will be provided at "feedback sessions" scheduled during the Festival. 

NOMINATIONS TO STATE FESTIVAL: Reviewers will select individuals or groups that they feel are particularly strong in talent and preparation. Those selected will be invited to perform, exhibit etc. at the State Festival. These invitations will come from the Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. Any teen may participate (register) in the State Festival (attending and taking workshops and master classes) but only those officially invited and have registered are eligible to be placed on the performance or exhibit schedule at the State Festival. (May 29, 30 & 31, 2019) 

Discipline-Specific Applications:
PROVIDE ALL REQUESTED INFORMATION – Application forms will be available for download by mid-February 2019. Please complete the discipline-specific applications when you are certain of all the details of your entry. The forms are specific to each art discipline. Select the appropriate form and follow any instructions and include additional pages if needed. In a drive to eliminate paper waste, only ONE DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC APPLICATION should be filled out PER DISCIPLINE PER SCHOOL. The maximum number of entries is included on each application. If more than one teacher is submitting, please work together and submit one form. Space is limited on the form, if a performance includes more than one student, please provide a separate page (Word doc.) with the students, names, ages and grades. 

DAY-OF GUIDELINES: The Festival Guidelines form is part of the pdf packet, which will be available for download by mid-February 2019. The signed Guidelines form must accompany the discipline-specific application.

Each and every student who is either presenting or just attending the festival must be counted and included in registration:  As noted above, for performances with two or more students, a separate page is required listing the students’ names, ages and grades (and instruments if applicable). For visual art teachers, please use the Master Sheet included in the Visual Arts application packet to provide the complete list of students’ names, ages, grades, titles, media, and size of artwork before sending in the application. A list providing the names, ages and grades of non-presenting students must be provided by the March 22, 2019 deadline.

NOTE – A contact email address is needed on all forms requiring same. All contact and confirmations will take place via email. All registration and discipline-specific application forms MUST provide a contact email address.

For questions about registration: Contact Kimberly Brown at 609-909-7309 or email:



Please copy to desktop and the document will work best if opened in either ACROBAT READER or PRO. The PDF was saved in a way to allow you to fill in the form and ‘Save As’ with entries intact.

Please always use the current year’s forms, as they do change every year. Each sponsoring teacher is required to fill out and sign the Festival Guidelines and return with the discipline-specific application. In addition, the Multiple Performance form allows us, at a quick glance, to determine students presenting in more than one discipline. This will help us with the scheduling process. We have done away with individual application forms for each student, but are requiring signed Release Forms. Please contact Kimberly Brown if your school has something comparable that could be used in place of the Release Form. If the school’s form is deemed acceptable, our office will only need copies of those forms.



Mail or hand-deliver to: PLEASE NOTE NEW ADDRESS! Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Atlantic County Veterans Museum, 189 Route 50 S., Mays Landing, NJ 08330.
Email: – please enter Teen Arts 2019 in subject line.
Fax: 609-625-2381 (Please do not fax an excessive amount of pages to this fax machine. This is a shared fax machine with the Cemetery Office. Please email instead to 

Fee for individual participant:  $15.00 each. This fee must accompany the registration form.  Checks are to be made payable to Atlantic County Library Foundation.

Fee for schools: $5.00 per student participant. A check, invoice, or purchase order must accompany the registration form. If invoiced, payment must be received no later than June 15, 2019. Checks are to be made payable to Atlantic County Library Foundation. NOTE: School participants will not be considered registered nor will they be entered into the schedule until this Office has received the school invoice at a minimum.

The Atlantic County Teen Arts Festival is a collaborative arts education opportunity that has been provided to young people in Atlantic County and environs by the Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs for more than 25 years. Funding has been provided in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the ARts, a partner agency of the National Ednowment for the Arts.

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