Monmouth University presents its inaugural 2020 Music and Arts Festival, offering a wide array of arts experiences ranging from musical acts to virtual exhibitions, including special performances by the Garden State Philharmonic. The festival will premiere on the Monmouth University Center for the Arts YouTube channel on July 3 at 7 p.m. and will be available to stream on the channel anytime afterward.

Free and open to the public, the festival celebrates the themes of women’s suffrage and civil rights in acknowledgement of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote.

“The Music and Arts Festival was designed to provide the local community, along with the students, faculty, and staff at Monmouth University, with the opportunity to enjoy a top-flight Jersey Shore music and arts event each summer,” said Kenneth Womack, festival coordinator and professor of English and popular music. “In the years to come, we plan to attract nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians and other fine artists to our campus to supplement our arts education programming and provide visitors with opportunities to experience premiere concerts and exhibitions right here on the Shore.”

To properly adhere to mass gathering and social distancing requirements, the 2020 festival will be prerecorded, with production directed remotely by recent university graduate Sara Wojciehowski ’20 and graphic design efforts overseen by Honors School student Darika Lara-Rodriguez. Student performances by the Blue Hawk House Band and the Sea Sharps will also be featured. The program runtime will be between 60-85 minutes.

The Music and Arts Festival is an interdisciplinary, university-wide event sponsored by the FirstEnergy Foundation, with additional support from The Grove/West at Shrewsbury and Cammack Retirement.

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