CLARK, NJ – A total of 13 students from Carl H. Kumpf Middle School recently garnered admission into the Union County's Arts Middle School Program for 2020-21. 

The special release-time program is designed for students who are gifted in the literary, performing & visual arts and, to be considered, interested students were required to submit a virtual audition with participation following acceptance dependent on their school’s approval.

“The Middle School of the Arts is such a great opportunity for Kumpf students to expand their love of the arts," said Principal Rick Delmonaco. "I am so happy so many students applied, were accepted and are participating. I am sure they will all enjoy and find this to be a worthwhile experience.”   

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Due to COVID-19, the 2020-21 program will consist of live, interactive virtual classes and be open to students throughout the entire state. Those accepted into the program will attend advanced level classes, taught by distinguished teaching artists, that provide a rigorous curriculum for developing artistic skills and creative expression in the art form of the student’s choice. Classes will be held from February to May, with each student in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade scheduled to attend one afternoon per week for a 12-week term.

The Arts High School and Arts Middle School programs are administered by the Arts & Education Center, which has been operating the program in Middlesex County since 1980/ The program was expanded to include Monmouth County in 2004 and Union County in 2019. For more information, visit (        on.php),

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