Calling All Teen Artists – EACH is Now Accepting Applications!



Denyce Mylson
Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania

Young Audiences Partners with The College of New Jersey on EACH, an Immersive Teen Arts Program

Calling All Teen Artists – EACH is Now Accepting Applications!

PRINCETON, NJ; September 14, 2015 — Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA), the region’s leading arts-in-education organization, is now accepting applications for the Emerging Artists Creativity Hub (EACH). EACH is a teen arts program designed specifically for young artists, ages 13-17, who are interested and gifted in the arts. It is intended for students to study and work in the arts far beyond the typical high school curriculum. In partnership with The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), this 10-week program is held each semester on Saturdays from 11am-3pm at the Arts and Interactive Multimedia Building on The College of New Jersey’s Ewing campus.

EACH studentNow in its sixth year, EACH offers teenaged visual and performing artists from diverse economic and social backgrounds, a transformative arts education experience. Bright and dedicated young artists study and work in all different arts forms with professional teaching artists from the Young Audiences’ roster. EACH encourages students to take creative risks and explore their lives as inspiration for their work.

“EACH is an amazing and unique artistic experience. It enables me to gather with other young artists and discover something new each week…By being part of EACH, I have learned that possibilities are endless,” shared EACH student David Jansen.

The goal of EACH is to help young people acquire knowledge, understanding of, and skills in the arts.  Students will create individual artworks and collaborate with their fellow students on group projects. Students will also have the opportunity to experience great works of art by visiting cultural institutions like the American Museum of Natural History and Grounds for Sculpture. The program culminates in a community event that is open to all.

Maureen Heffernan, Young Audiences’ Director of Arts and Education and an adjunct professor at TCNJ shared, “It’s a great opportunity for young artists who want to learn to work in collaboration with artists from other disciplines to create original work.”

Students participating in EACH emerge better prepared to pursue the arts in college and later on in the professional world. “EACH worked magic for a talented yet skeptical teenager like me,” expressed Elmi Ventura Mata, a former EACH student who moved from El Salvador to New Jersey when he was nine. Elmi now attends The Cleveland Institute of Art as a Gund Scholar and is a recipient of a prestigious Governor’s Award as well as numerous scholarships including one from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. “I am an emerging New Jersey artist, thanks in part to EACH.”

Maureen Heffernan with EACH studentOver the past four years, YA’s EACH program has had sixteen students recognized by the state of New Jersey with prestigious Governor’s Awards and YA has hopes to continue the tradition of cultivating and nurturing talented young artists to reach their full potential.

Applications are due on Friday, September 25th and classes begin on Saturday, October 3rd. Space is limited and scholarships are available. Interested applicants may call toll-free to 866-500-9265 or email Adam Nicolai at More information about EACH and other Young Audiences programs can be found by visiting

The Emerging Artists Creativity Hub is made possible in part by funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the ongoing support of the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey.

About Young Audiences

Founded in 1973, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the premier arts-in-education resource in the region, providing high-quality performances and artist-in-residence programs to nearly 700 schools each year. Young Audiences’ extensive professional artist roster represents all art forms—from dance and theater to music, language and visual arts. The organization annually reaches nearly 500,000 children pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

A not-for-profit organization, Young Audiences’ programs are accessible to all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and geographic communities, and are designed to strengthen the arts in schools, meet local and state curriculum standards, involve families in arts activities, and enrich cultural life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities.

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the first arts education organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and, as part of the national network of Young Audiences, Inc., was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Young Audiences programs are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Additional funding comes from foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more, visit To be “social” with us, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @YANJEPA and on Instagram @young_audiences_njepa.

About the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey

As one of TCNJ’s seven schools, the School of the Arts and Communication offers a creatively stimulating and intellectually challenging environment and through its Center for the Arts serves the regional arts community as an advocate and champion for the arts.

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