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
The 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
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- Sarah Jessica Parker, Alumni Honoree Zac Posen Celebrate Teen Winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall
- The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is Named Massachusetts Affiliate for Prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
- National Student Poets Celebrate Poetry Month Across the United States
- More Than $8 Million in Scholaships for the Nation's Most Creative Teens through the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
- 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
What is the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?
- The Awards recognizes student achievement in the visual and literary arts in 28 categories, including poetry, graphic design, fashion, science fiction, video game design and more.
- Over the past 90 years, the Awards has recognized and encouraged millions of students including Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Sylvia Plath, Zac Posen, Lena Dunham, Joyce Carol Oates, Ken Burns, Truman Capote and others who won when they were teens.
- An Award signifies to parents, teachers, the community and colleges that a student is an accomplished artist or writer.
- The Awards offers opportunities for creative teens to earn recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.
- Each year, 15 recipients receive 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 $9.5 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.
- 116 Regional Affiliates throughout the country run the Awards in their local communities and areas of operation.
- 30,000 teen artists and writers are recognized in their regions each year. Over the past five years alone, there have been more than 900,000 submissions.
- Each work of art and writing is blindly adjudicated, first locally through the 116 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 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 sponsors, who generously provide funds to support and produce the Awards: Scholastic Inc., the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, The New York Times, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Command Web Offset Co., the AMD Foundation, Blick Art Materials, the National Endowment for the Arts, 3D Systems, New York Life, Bloomberg L.P., Ovation, Amazon.com, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, the Bernstein Family Foundation, Duck Tape®, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and contributions from numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders.
- April 26-27: With the Red Mountain Writing Project in Birmingham, AL, Luisa will collaborate on student and teacher workshops focusing on the power of words in effecting change to honor the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.
- April 5: Miles will visit classrooms in Boise, ID to read and facilitate poetry exercises with students.
- April 6: With the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Miles will be part of the “Coast of Idaho” Reading Panel in Boise, ID.
- April 20, 22: Miles and Christopher Luna, Clark County Poet Laureate, will facilitate a poetry workshop for youth, ages 6 – 12, in collaboration with the At Home At School program at the University of Washington, Vancouver. On April 22, students that participated in the poetry workshop will present their writing at Miles’s school, the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.
- On Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the month of April, Claire will conduct a series of workshops for third- and fourth-graders to help students strengthen their reading and writing skills as part of the East Harlem Tutorial Program in New York City.
- April 17: Claire will read original works at the annual Academy of American Poets gala, which directly benefits National Poetry Month.
- April 20: Natalie will be featured as part of Feed Your Soul, a poetry festival for engaging those on the community who are new to poetry, hosted by 826michigan, Inside Out Literary Arts and the Detroit Public Library.
- April 27: Lylla will conduct a workshop with inner-city youth in Albuquerque, NM in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
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.
- National Exhibition at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York City: 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 City: 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: Nov 20 -- Dec. 16, 2011
To get high-res images from the ART.WRITE.NOW traveling exhibition, click here.
Archived Press Releases
- 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 TeensART. 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