Attention all teens! Are you a resident of the Capital City or the surrounding area and have a passion for the arts? Are you looking for a space to connect with other creatives in the region, engage in hands-on workshops, and expand your skills with some of the top talents in the area? If so, look no further than the 2024 Mercer County Teen Arts Festival!

Mercer County recently announced that this year’s Teen Arts Festival will be held on Friday, May 10th at Mercer County Community College’s West Windsor campus, located at 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor Township, NJ 08550. If you or the teen in your life is interested in being a part of the fun, all registrations must be received by Friday, February 2nd. This festival is open to Mercer County teen artists ages 13-19. While the majority of attendees come alongside their respective middle or high schools, students from homeschools and other schools which are not formally attending are more than welcome to participate. In order to enroll, please contact Tim Hoh at 609-989-6060 or to secure your spot.

At the festival, students will have the opportunity to enjoy insightful critique sessions with arts professionals. In addition to feedback sessions, students will also have the chance to access focused workshops in media, performance, visual, literary and musical arts – as well as artmaking and performance opportunities throughout the day. They are also invited to explore artwork by fellow Mercer County teenagers in the Teen Arts Gallery, as well as watch performances by students from other schools.

Art is vitally important for teens as it serves as a powerful medium for self-expression, creativity, and personal development. Adolescence is a time of exploration and self-discovery, often coming with a complex series of thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Through the arts, students have the opportunity to process these lived experiences and express them in a tangible manner. Additionally, exposure to various forms of art introduces teens to diverse perspectives, cultures, and historical contexts, fostering a deeper understanding of the world around them. Whether through visual arts, music, dance, or literature, involvement in artistic pursuits empowers teens to discover their voices, build confidence, and cultivate a lifelong appreciation for creativity.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the upcoming festival, please contact the county coordinator, Tim Hoh, at 609-989-6060 orĀ for additional details. Some of Mercer County’s top teen creators will be gathered under one roof for one day only, so be sure to snag your spot before the February 2nd deadline!

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