Union County, NJ – The Union County Teen Arts Festival is looking for volunteers who enjoy working with middle and high school students in and an exciting and dynamic setting.

“The Teen Arts Festival is a high-energy event that showcases the creativity of thousands of our local students. We depend on the public to volunteer and help foster their talents through a variety of artistic disciplines,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Whether you are an amateur or professional artist, or simply enjoy working with young people, volunteering at Teen Arts is a great way to help encourage youth through the arts.”

The Union County Teen Arts Festival is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 14 and March 15. The festival is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Department of Parks and Recreation.

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For over 30 years, the Union County Teen Arts Festival has provided a high-visibility forum for the artistic talents of County students. With nearly 3,500 participants, the event offers performances, critiquing seminars, master classes and workshops with a staff of 55 professional artists in every discipline – visual art, music, creative writing, theater and dance, the festival is a great experience for participants as well as volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to assist artists with workshops, manage performance sites and staff information stations. Volunteers must be over 18 and not currently enrolled in high school.

The two-day festival is held annually at Union County College in Cranford. The event is open to all students from public, charter, private and parochial middle and high schools in Union County.

For more information about the Union County Teen Arts Festival or to sign up as a volunteer, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202. Telephone: 908-558-2550; NJ Relay Users call 711. Or e-mail us at: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.