Morris County Teen Arts Festival at County College of Morris

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County College of Morris Dance Professor Terence Duncan teaches a dance workshop to students from various Morris County Schools at the Morris County Teen Arts Festival held at CCM

Seventh Grade Mount Olive Middle School student Marco DeLeon playing the upright bass at the Morris County Teen Arts Festival. Photo by Allison Ognibene

MORRIS COUNTY — The arts are alive in Morris County! County College of Morris (CCM) hosted the 39th annual Morris County Teen Arts Festival on Friday, May 17.  Over  1,500 students and a staff of 40 professional artists participated in performances, critiquing seminars and workshops in every discipline.  The festival disciplines included art, dance, design, drama, graphic design, music, music recording, musical theater, photography, video and writing.

The focus of the Teen Arts Festival is not on competition but on celebration. The goals of the activities is to help students: develop perceptual, intellectual, social and technical skills; gain cultural awareness and understanding; develop personal cultural and aesthetic values; and learn self-discipline, critical thinking and problem solving through analyzing, interpreting and making assessments.

Funding of the event was made possible in part by grands from Morris Arts through the  New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, a gift from the Mayo Performing Arts Center and further support was made possible due to a generous contribution from Home Depot.

Mount Olive Middle School Jazz Band perform “Topsy” and “Blues Walk” in CCM’s Dragonetti Auditorium at the Morris County Teen Arts Festival. Photo by Allison Ognibene
The Morris County Teen Arts Festival Fine Arts best in show winner is “Portrait Triptych,” acrylic on wood, by Chatham High School Senior, Madi Blanchard. Photo by Allison Ognibene
Guests viewing the Visual Arts Gallery at the Morris County Teen Arts Festival held at County College of Morris. Photo by Allison Ognibene
Dover High School Choir getting ready to perform at the Morris County Teen Arts Festival held at County College of Morris. Photo by Allison Ognibene
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Frank Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019 both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation, Vice Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board and Co-Host of Focus on Business, Cable TV Business Show.