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Yorktown Teen Center Prepares for Month-Long Art Festival

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Although it may be months away, the Yorktown Teen Center isn't wasting any time in gearing up for the NextGen Festival of the Arts.

The event, which is slated to take place throughout the month of May, will feature the creativity and talents of youth in the areas of film, music, photography, poetry and fine arts.

“We saw how successful our first NextGen Festival of the Arts was with promoting over 100 creative and talented teens and decided to make it an annual event,” said Helena Rodriguez, board of director’s president of the Yorktown Teen Center. “This is the only festival exclusively for teens that I am aware of that includes multiple talents and lasts more than a week.”

Registration for the event is online, free and open to students in sixth through 12th grades. Registration information is located on the Teen Center's website , and the deadline is March 30.

In May, all members of the public are invited to attend and view displays and performances at locations throughout the community. Venues include John C. Hart Memorial Library, which will feature art and photography on display, the Fieldhome, the Teen Center and the Jack DeVito Gazebo. Various Short Film Screenings are scheduled with the major viewing on May 11.

A kickoff reception for the event is scheduled May 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library, which will include a poetry slam.  The event’s grand finale is “Battle of the Bands” on May 18 presented by the Yorktown Parks and Recreation Department.

The 2012 Next Gen Arts Festival is a collaborative project with various groups and businesses in the community. Its organizers include: Chase Media Group , Dravot Carnehan Studios , Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation , John C. Hart Memorial Library , the Justin Veatch Fund , Yorktown Parks and Recreation , and the Yorktown Teen Center .

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