Every corner of County College of Morris (CCM) was bursting with creativity and imagination on Friday, May 18. More than 1,500 students from 16 schools, including Jefferson Township High School, celebrated the 38th annual Morris County Teen Arts Festival. CCM has been the host since the festival’s inception.

Members of The Mount Olive High School Choir share a laugh before their performance in the Music Tech Building during Teen Arts. They were performing Madrigals. (Photo: John Hester)

Students and a staff of 40 professional artists participated in performances, critiquing seminars, and workshops in disciplines including art, dance, design, drama, graphic design, music, music recording, musical theater, photography, video, and writing.

West Side Dance 10 from Randolph. (Photo: Allison Ognibene)

Among the activities was a crowd favorite sidewalk chalk drawing covering the entire main walkway of CCM’s campus. A 16-foot white drawing wall was a backdrop for the budding artists to express creativity using a rainbow of sharpies. A Teen Arts Coffee House Tent engaged student musicians in an open mic setting to a packed audience. During impromptu rehearsals, many passersby began dancing. In another area was a drum circle workshop.

Dover High School Jazz Band performs at Teen Arts in the Dragonetti Auditorium. (Photo: John Hester)

CCM President Anthony J. Iacono noted that the “special event [is] designed to recognize and support creative abilities.” He added that CCM offers “a faculty that includes nationally recognized artists, photographers, musicians, and writers, and a wide range of academic programs for those with a passion for developing their creativity. We offer programs in the fine arts, drama, filmmaking, acting, music, design and more.”

Aerial shot of sidewalk chalk art. (Photo: Joe Schilp)

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