The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival is the statewide culminating celebration of the arts dedicated to inspiring New Jersey teen artists, educators, professional artists, and arts advocates from across the state to unite as one grand all-inclusive community. The accomplishments of the Garden State’s teen artists will be recognized by showcasing their creative efforts in the literary, performing, and visual arts.  

During the three-day festival, students who have been invited can receive valuable feedback about their art in group and individual critiques, both written and verbal, and often “sit-in” on the critiques of other emerging artists in their discipline, increasing their educational experience. Professional artists at the festival provide in-depth critical reviews and analysis of student work, performances, and group presentations, a process that all students report to be most beneficial to their growth as artists. The NJ State Teen Arts Festival is open to students in grades 6-12.


A program like no other!

For over fifty years, the Arts High program has been providing college-level instruction for middle and high school students. Students selected for the program after an audition process will receive courses in the literary, performing, and visual arts. The courses are taught at an advanced level and provide a rigorous curriculum for developing artistic skills and creative expression in the art form of the student’s choice.

While many public and private middle and high schools have wonderful arts programs, we bring the best teen artists in the state together with professional artists to provide an instructional program like no other!

Visit our application page today to register for in-person auditions.



Availability varies by county and grade

Thank you to our sponsors and partners

This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.