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WEST WINDSOR, N.J.
- The 2011 Mercer County Teen Arts Festival will be held Friday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor.

The Teen Arts Festival is a comprehensive arts education program held annually on the beautiful campus of Mercer County Community College. The event is open to all Mercer County public, private, parochial and home-school students in middle and high school, grades 6 through 12, ages 13 to 19.

“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,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

The annual festival is hugely popular for Mercer County student artists, and entries were received from 13 different schools this year, Hughes said.

The festival, under the direction of the Division of Culture & Heritage, spotlights the work of 1,200 Mercer County teen artists and involves scores of volunteers and more than 40 professionals serving as critics. The festival will move to the gymnasium in the event of rain.

Teen Arts 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. Visitors can view visual art pieces that are currently on display outside the gallery on the second floor of the Communications Building.