Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Cultural adn Heritage Commission is a division of The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation

Ocean County Teen Arts Awards


Tentative Date of Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation has graciously offered to provide $10,000 in prizes for the Salute.
The Ocean County Cultural & HeritageCommission will select six (6) Awardees with the understanding that only 3 documentaries will be produced. Lifetime Achievement awards for Art and History will be offered every year with documentaries for the awardees.

General Rules


  1. All awardees will be required to be at the Salute on April 7, 2020 at the
    time of the presentation to qualify to be awarded unless extreme
    extenuating circumstances as determined by the Commission.

  2. All works must be original and can not be plagiarized.

  3. All submission must be submitted with a release of rights to display,
    reprint or offer in other media (including but not limited to electronic or
    print) from the student or their legal guardian if student is not a legal
    adult.

  4. Decision of money allotted to each category is solely at the discretion
    of the Ocean County Culture and Heritage Commission

  5. All decisions of the Commission will be final.

  6. Rules may change without notice.

Specific Student Awards


  1. Award: Documentary – one award of $1,000 to school selected by the full Commission. Completed Documentaries (maximum 5 minutes) must be submitted to the Commission office by 5:00 PM EST of March 1 , 2020.
    Schools interested must:

    1. Contact the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission office for information;
      (732)-929- 4779


  2. Award: Visual Arts – one award of $1,000 to artist selected by two members of the Commission from the works either selected to be forwarded to the NJ Teen Arts Festival, the traveling Teen Arts display or works critiqued for excellence during the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival.

  3. Award: Creative Writing – one award of $1,000 to artist selected by members of the Commission from the works either selected to be forwarded to the NJ Teen Arts Festival or works critiqued for excellence during the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival.

  4. Award: Video - one award of $1,000 to artist selected by the members of the Commission from the works either selected to be forwarded the NJ Teen Arts Festival or works critiqued for excellence during the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival.

  5. Award: Live Performance – two awards to schools ($5000 Grand Prize - $1,000 First Runner Up) to be selected from the live performances at the Salute by the Commissioners present the night of the performance. Performing groups will be selected from the performances either selected to be forwarded the NJ Teen Arts Festival or performances critiqued for excellence during the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival. Selected performance groups will be required to contact the Grunin Center for the Arts as per a date set by their office to:


    1. Accept the invitation to perform at the Salute on April 7, 2020;

    2. Provide the name of the piece to be performed, the composer/writer of the piece and the directors name for the program;

    3. Salute performances lengths are as per the Grunin Center for the Arts;

    4. Provide technical requirement request for performance.



    Revised 7/2, 2019