Fine Arts
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2019 fine arts

Fine Arts is a discipleship tool of national youth ministries designed to “help students discover and develop their ministry gifts.”

Beginning in September each year, over 70,000 junior and senior high school students begin preparing their entries for the Sectional, District, and National Fine Arts Festivals. Students may enter categories offered in 7 main divisions: Art, Communication, Drama, Exhibition, Instrumental, Vocal, and Writing.

  • $Sectional Festival/mo
    • Festival – February 16, 2019

    • Deadline to register – January 24, 2019

    All creative writing, short film, mini-saga, and promo video must be sent by January 17 to be accepted for the festival.

  • $District Festival/mo
    • District Festival – April 17-18, 2019 

    • Festival: Christian Life Assembly of God – 2645 Lisburn Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011
    • Awards Ceremony: Giant Center – 550 W Hersheypark Dr Hershey, PA(Awards Celebration)

  • $National Festival/mo
    • National Festival – July 30-August 3, 2019 (Notice the change to a Tuesday- Saturday schedule)

    • Orlando, FL (for more information click here)

All creative writing, short film, mini-saga, and promo video must be sent in by January 17, 2019, to be accepted for the festival.

2019 changes

Please consult the Fine Arts application for approved PennDel Categories. The PennDel Ministry Network encourages students in their ministry development and will only include Fine Arts Categories with Ministry Effectiveness as part of the evaluation criteria.


1. The location for the 2019 National Fine Arts Festival is Orlando, FL.
Location: Orange County Convention Center
Housing: Visit Housing opens on October 1, 2018.

2. The “Content” section of the rulebook is significantly clarified. Read page 20

3. The following divisions and categories have had rule changes. See the individual division and category rules for details.

Art Division

Credit line requirements are expanded. Multi panel entries are not permitted.

American Sign Language Group and Solo – Introductory comments must include signing all comments.

Children’s Lesson Group and Solo – The child audience age range is adjusted.

Promo Video – The definition is changed. Delivery instructions have changed.

Puppetry Group and Solo – The child audience age range is adjusted. The stage rules are clarified.

Short Film – Delivery instructions have changed.

Short Sermon – Setup and tear down times are changed to 60 seconds for setup and 60 seconds for tear down. Handheld visual aid specifics are clarified.

Dramatized Quoting – The introductory comments rule is adjusted.

Percussion Solo, Traditional – The introductory comments rule is adjusted.

Percussion, Unconventional – Setup and tear down times are changed to 21/2 minutes for setup and 21/2 minutes for tear down. The introductory comments rule has been adjusted.

Vocal Division – Only drummers in Christian Band and Worship Team are permitted to use in-ear metronomes.

Worship Team – The number of vocalists required is adjusted for Worship Team, Small.

Writing Division – The NFAF delivery instructions are changed.

Creative Nonfiction/Memoir – The category name is changed to First Person Essay.

Mini Saga – The definition is changed.

4. Photography, Mobile is a new category in the Art Division.

5. Mini Saga, Promo Video, and Stand-Up Comedy are official Fine Arts categories and no longer in the Exhibition Division.

6. Select Junior categories have been added on a trial basis in hope of better developing the ministry gifts of all students, regardless of age. The following categories are split into Junior and Senior categories:

Photography, Digital Worship Dance Solo Human Video Solo Percussion Solo, Traditional Worship Leading, Solo Poetry

DISCLAIMER: this is not an all-inclusive list.  Each participant is responsible to read, understand, and abide by ALL of the information and changes listed in the official 2019 Fine Arts Festival Rule Book.