The 2023 Camden County Teen Arts Festival returned to celebrate art education in Camden County high schools. Each year, students representing high schools throughout the County convene at Camden County College for the festival presented by the Commissioner Board’s Cultural and Heritage Commission. This year, more than 350 students from 12 area schools utilized the newly renovated facilities of Camden County College’s Performing and Visual Arts building.
“We are thrilled to once again showcase the talents of our local high school students, and highlight the importance of supporting visual, literary and performing arts programs in our schools,” said Commissioner Melinda Kane, liaison to the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission. “We have some amazing talent in Camden County, and this is their chance to share their work with their peers and professional mentors.”
Local artists, musicians, dancers, directors, and choreographers along with CCC arts, music, and literature faculty will participate as adjudicators and workshop instructors. Professional artists will be present to conduct portfolio reviews for visual arts students. Arts disciplines represented include 2D and 3D visual arts; small and large group theater; small and large group musical theater; small and large group vocal performance; small and large group instrumental performance; guitar; piano; creative writing; poetry; and, video and filmmaking.
In addition to adjudication of visual arts and performances, students participated in various workshops conducted by local professionals, including “Flow and Movement,” “Illustration Career Paths,” “Social Justice thru Spoken Word (Poetry) & Drums,” “Environmental Sustainability: Inspiring Hope Through Art & Action,” and more.