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TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes will address young artists and volunteers at the 2008 Mercer County Teen Arts Festival, Friday, May 16 at noon in the outdoor quad at Mercer County Community College, Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. The festival will move to the gymnasium in the event of rain.

The festival, under the direction of the Mercer County Parks Commission and the Division of Culture & Heritage, spotlights the work of more than 1,000 Mercer County teen artists and involves scores of volunteers and professionals serving as critics.

"The great thing about this program is that there are no winners or losers, just remarkably talented young people who can display their work and get positive feedback from professionals in the art world," Hughes said.

Indeed, the festival is not a contest but an opportunity for young artists to develop the perceptual, intellectual, and technical skills to create works of art. The focus of the festival is not on competition but participation in performance seminars, classes, and workshops in art, dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music, film and creative writing.

WHAT: Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes to greet 2008 Mercer County Teen Arts Festival participants and make brief remarks

WHEN: Noon, Friday, May 16, 2008

WHERE: Mercer County Community College, Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. Performances, speakers in the "quad'' area. Parking available behind Kelsey Theatre.