I just came back from the Green Teen Arts and Music Festival at Art House Productions in Jersey City, which was founded three years ago by Katie Welles, who is currently a senior at McNair Academic High School, my alma mater. The event has helped raise money for green causes, like planting trees at Liberty State Park.
Welles explained to The Jersey Journal in an interview last year why she and her brother Hart started the festival.
“We always had a really green family,” she said. “We always did things like recycling and using rags instead of wasting paper towels.”
Other environmentally conscious teens pitched in, selling their artwork (profits were split evenly between the artists and the cause) or performing for the crowd.
Tonight, Welles told me that while she will help run the event next year, she will eventually pass it on to someone else – besides, she said, she won’t be a teen for very much longer.
Several great pieces by teen artists hung on the walls while a packed house with people of all ages rocked out to music by teenage musicians. Here were some of my favorite works of art at the show:
For more information, visit Green Teen’s Facebook page.