Winning a Scholastic Art & Writing Award brought me from high school in Wichita, Kansas, to art school in New York City. It changed the course of my life.
—— Tom Otterness, acclaimed American sculptor, public artist and Awards alumnus
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- These Teens Could Be the Next Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Lena Dunham or Zac Posen
- National Student Poets Amplify the Teen Voice for National Poetry Month
- The Most Promising & Creative Teens in the U.S. Announced as National Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners
- Second Annual Class of National Student Poets Appointed to Serve One Year as Literary Ambassadors
- The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Call for Submissions Opens with More Scholarship Opportunities for Creative Teens than Ever Before
What are the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?
- The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognize student achievement in the visual and literary arts in 28 categories, including poetry, graphic design, fashion, science fiction, video game design and more.
- Since 1923, the Awards have recognized and encouraged millions of students, including Truman Capote, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol and John Updike, who won when they were teens. In more recent years, famous names such as Stephen King, Myla Goldberg, Zac Posen, Lena Dunham and Erik Madigan Heck have become alumni of the program.
- An Award signifies to parents, teachers, the community and colleges that a student is an accomplished artist or writer.
- The Awards offer opportunities for creative teens to earn recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.
- In the 2013–14 program year, 16 high school seniors received the Portfolio Gold Award, which includes a $10,000 scholarship.
- Through the Scholarship Provider Network, graduating seniors who earn a National Medal are eligible for an additional $10 million in college scholarships at more than 60 schools, institutions, and universities.
- Additional cash awards are offered to students in all grades, as well as teachers.
- More than 100 Regional Affiliates throughout the country run the Awards in their local communities and areas of operation.
- Nearly 70,000 teen artists and writers are recognized in their regions each year. Over the past six years alone, there have been more than one million submissions and more than $30 million has been made available in scholarships and awards for winning students.
- Each work of art and writing is blindly adjudicated, first locally through the more than 100 affiliates of the Alliance, and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators and industry experts.
- Works are judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
What is The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers?
- The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is the national nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and provides additional opportunities for creative teens to be recognized for their talents and to earn scholarships for their education.
- The Alliance’s mission is to identify teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and bring their remarkable work to a national audience.
- The Alliance also serves as a source of information for organizations and individuals who wish to support the creative development of our nation’s teenagers.
- With the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alliance is a founding partner of the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for young poets which is open exclusively to winners of national Scholastic Awards in poetry. Five students are selected annually.
- The Alliance is grateful for its generous sponsors, who provide funds to support and produce the Awards: Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Command Web Offset Co., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, The New York Times, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, The National Endowment for the Arts, Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies, 3D Systems, The Gedenk Movement, Golden Artist Colors, Bloomberg L.P., the Bernstein Family Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Colossal Media, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Duck Tape® and additional contributions from numerous other individual, foundation and corporate funders. The National Exhibition and accompanying programs are co-sponsored by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center / Parsons The New School for Design, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and A Mad Idea Foundation. Special thanks to Pratt Institute for hosting a portion of the exhibition at Pratt Manhattan Gallery.
What is the National Student Poets Program?
- The National Student Poets Program is a signature initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. It is the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work.
- This partnership reflects the national imprimatur of the President's Committee and its Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as the Administration's commitment to the arts and humanities education. The Institute of Museum and Library Services' community-based network of libraries and museums links the National Student Poets with audiences and resources in their communities and surrounding regions. The program builds upon the Alliance's longstanding work with educators and creative teens through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
- Now in its second year, the Program selects five outstanding high school poets for a year of service as national poetry ambassadors. Each National Student Poet represents a different part of the country and has his or her own unique style and interest when it comes to poetry.
- The Poets' year of service starts at the Library of Congress' National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. During the course of their ambassadorial year, each National Student Poet will create and implement a service project that will expand the reach of the program and its engagement with audiences in each region.
- The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the exclusive pathway to be considered for the National Student Poets Program. Students must achieve a National Gold or Silver Medal in poetry through blind adjudication by a national panel of jurors. From the top-winning work in the Scholastic Awards, an esteemed panel of expert judges selects five student poets, based on the student’s creativity, promise and dedication to craft.
- The selection process for the 2014 class of National Student Poets is in process. Students in grades 9–11 who are interested in becoming a 2015 National Student Poet are able to submit their entries to the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards beginning in the fall.
- Information on the Program, students and upcoming events can be found at www.artandwriting.org/NSPP
The 2013 National Student Poets
|Sojourner Ahebee |
Age – 18
Interlochen Arts Academy
|Michaela Coplen |
Age – 18
Carlisle High School
|Nathan Cummings |
Age – 18
Mercer Island High School
Mercer Island, WA
|Aline Dolinh |
Age – 16
Oakton High School
|Louis Lafair |
Age – 18
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
Photos from the National Student Poet Appointment Weekend in Washington, D.C.
First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Student Poets (from left: Michaela Coplen; Sojourner Ahebee, Nathan Cummings, Louis Lafair, and Aline Dolinh) in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sept. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson). This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
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National Student Poet Sojourner Ahebee reading her original poem at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Photo by Tony Brown.
National Student Poet Michaela Coplen reading her original poem at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Photo by Tony Brown.
National Student Poet Nathan Cummings reading his original poem at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Photo by Tony Brown.
National Student Poet Aline Dolinh reading her original poemat the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Photo by Tony Brown.
National Student Poet Louis Lafair reading his original poem at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Photo by Tony Brown.
The 2013 National Student Poets. From Left to Right: Aline Dolinh, Sojourner Ahebee, Louis Lafair, Nathan Cummings, Michaela Coplen. Photo by Tony Brown.
Art.Write.Now., a traveling exhibition of select Scholastic Art & Writing Award–winning works, highlights some of the most stunning examples of teen-produced art and writing in the nation.
- Art.Write.Now.DC at The U.S. Department of Education and The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Washington D.C., September 2014 – August 2015
- Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI: September 2 – September 21, 2014
- Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT: October 22 – November 19, 2014
- Catskill Arts Society, Livingston Manor, NY: February 22 – March 22, 2015
- National Exhibition at Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY: June 5 – June 14, 2014
- The Laramie County Library, Cheyenne, WY: April 12 – May 15, 2014
- Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA: February 5 – March 2, 2014
- National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM: November 15 – December 16, 2013
- Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA: September 6 – October 2, 2013
- National Exhibition at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY: June 1 – June 15, 2013
- Fort Worth Library, Fort Worth, TX: March 7 – April 27, 2013
- College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI: September 29 – November 3, 2012
- Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA: November 16 – December 30, 2012
- Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO: January 24 – February 22, 2013
- National Exhibition at Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY: June 2 – June 16, 2012
- New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA: March 29 – April 27, 2012
- National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA: February 16 – March 14, 2012
- Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR: January 4 – January 27, 2012
- Chicago Urban Art Society, Chicago, IL: November 20 – December 16, 2011
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2014 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Highlights:
Award ceremony highlights (for media use only): SAWA-2014.mp4 (119MB)
Archived Press Releases
- Sarah Jessica Parker, Alumni Honoree Zac Posen Celebrate Teen Winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall
- More Than $8 Million in Scholaships for the Nation's Most Creative Teens through the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
- National Student Poets Celebrate Poetry Month Across the United States
- Inaugural Class of Five Outstanding High School Students Appointed as National Student Poets by White House Committee
- Calling All Creative Teens: Be Bold, Claim Your Place in Art & Writing History and Earn Scholarships to Support Your Talent
- National Student Poets Program Launches
- The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is Named Massachusetts Affiliate for Prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
- Talented Teens Take Their Place on Stage at Carnegie Hall for the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony
- High School Artists and Writers Win more than $200,000 in Scholarships through the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
- The 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Now Accepting Entries from the Nation's Most Creative Teens ART. WRITE. NOW Traveling Exhibition Arrives at The Seattle Art Museum
- AMD, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and Scholastic Launch Free Online Game Development Portal for Teachers
- ART. WRITE. NOW Traveling Exhibition Arrives at Half Price Books in Dallas
- The 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall Honors the Nation’s Best Teen Artists and Writers
- ART.WRITE.NOW Exhibition in Southern California Showcases Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Winners
- The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Announces 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners
- 2011 Winners by State
- The 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition Now Accepting Entries from the Nation's Creative Teens
- The 2010 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall Honors the Nation’s Best Teen Artists and Writers
- Next Generation of Warhols and Plaths on Display in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Teen Exhibition, June 9-25
- Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Announces This Year's Winners
- AMD Foundation to Sponsor Video Game Design Category for The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
- Creative Teens Can Earn Money for College: Young Writers & Artists Grades 7-12 Invited to Submit Work Nation's Most Promising Teen Writers Published in New Anthology THE BEST TEEN WRITING OF 2009
- Creative Teens Can Earn Money for College: Young Writers & Artists Grades 7-12 Invited to Submit Work
- Media Alert: Playwright Tony Kushner and Artist Philip Pearlstein at the 2009 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall
- Tony Kushner, Philip Pearlstein Honor Creative Teens at the 2009 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall
- Twenty-Two New York City Galleries Introduce Next Generation of American Artists