From South Orange-Maplewood School District Supervisor of Fine Arts James A. Manno:
This was the third consecutive year Columbia High School participated in the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival. This year’s festival took place on May 30, 2019 at Ocean County College.
The South Orange-Maplewood School District was the only district from Essex County participating in the New Jersey Teen Arts Festival for the third year in a row. Fifteen CHS Visual Art and Photography students had work on display at the festival from May 29th to May 31st. These students are, Christopher Lopez, Desiree Hume, Elliot Dix, Freya Zaccerelli, Iman Zubieta, Jesser Pilato, Jordan Fastov, Laura Rafolo, Lucia Garritano, Miriam Sorkin, Naomi McMechen, Rowan Slater, Shakeelah Gilkes, Tayor Goodson, Josie Lally.
In addition, Iman Zubieta, Josie Lally, Eliot Dix and Rowan Slater were selected to be part of the 2019- 2020 NJ State Teen Arts Touring Exhibition.
District involvement in the annual New Jersey Teen Arts Festival was initiated and led by Fine Arts Supervisor James A. Manno who secured participation by coordinating efforts with festival director and by providing student product entries via a digital adjudication process.
Special thanks to this year’s participating teachers Jon Fisher (Photography), Karen Murphy (Visual Art), Nicole Thomas (Visual Art), Alexandra Cappucci (Visual Art).