Teen arts NJ

Arts High visions 2023


Teen Arts NJ, formerly known as the Arts & Education Center is 501 c(3) non profit organization established in 1969.  Our mission is to inspire artistic innovation and creativity by providing high quality education in the literary, performing and visual arts. 

Recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education for innovative arts programming, our organization founded the Arts High program which provides unparalleled learning opportunities for gifted artistic students by providing instruction from a renowned artist in their genre.

We also sponsor and organize the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival - a three day celebration of the Teen Arts complete with performances, workshops, and live adjudication of student artistic talent.

Our Staff

Kevin E. Ciak
Executive Director & CEO

Marisell Martely-Thomas
Managing Director

Debbie Cavanaugh
Office Manager

Chander Mehta

Isabel Szeto
Program Assistant & Social Media Coordinator

Kinga Burke
Monmouth County Arts High Administrator

Abby Folvar
Arts Program Coordinator

NJ State Teen Arts Festival Assistant

Board of Trustees

President:  Lenore M. Kingsmore
Retired Principal, Henry Hudson Regional School, NJEXCEL Instructor & Mentor, Foundation for Education Administration

Vice President: Maria Naumik
Art Teacher, Monroe Twp HS, Chair Monroe Twp. Cultural Arts Comm

Secretary-Treasurer: Arthur J. Rittenhouse, Jr.
AFLAC Representative, Past Councilman, Borough of Sayreville

Joseph J. Jankowski, Esq.
Attorney & Shareholder: Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer

Honorable Frank Pallone, Jr.
United States Congressman, 6th District

Divon Pender
Student, Rutgers University

Brian A. Zychowski, Ed.D.
Vice President of Entrepreneurial Education Initiatives, Kean University


Teen Arts NJ is a 501c(3 )non-profit organization with a mission to inspire artistic innovation and creativity by providing high-quality education in the literary, performing, and visual arts. 

Your donation will help us in continuing with our vision to run both the Arts High programs and the NJ State Teen Arts Festival. 

Thank you for your donation to TANJ!


Teen Arts NJ strives to offer a wide array of artistic programs such that the arts are accessible to all teen artists, including those with disabilities.

Both the Arts High program as well as the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival host sites are reviewed against an accessbility checklist to ensure we have chosen locations which are accessible to a wide array of student abilities and disabilities.  If you have questions regarding our ability to accomodate participation due to a disability, please contact our Managing Director, Marisell Martelly-Thomas