Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Art & Writing Awards

AT–A–GLANCE
What is it?

Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. The program has an impressive legacy of being the first to acknowledge creative talent and is today's largest source of scholarships for creative teens.

Who's it for?

Creative teenagers in grades 7–12, ages 13 and up  residing in the United States, U.S. territories and military bases, or Canada. 

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Contact

Allyson Barkan
abarkan@scholastic.com
(212) 389-3469

Art & Writing In The News

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Exclusively reveals that celebrities Jennifer Garner, Chris Colfer and Lena Dunham will headline the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Virtual Ceremony.

THE CLARION LEDGER National Gold Medal Portfolio recipient Charles Rounds of Jackson, MS, is interviewed about his Award-winning art portfolio.  

BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO National Gold Medal Portfolio recipient Jieyan Wang of Moscow, ID, is interviewed and reads an excerpt from her writing portfolio. 

THE NEW YORKER An inside look at the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national adjudication process with 12th grade photography judges Andres Serrano, Casey Kelbaugh and Julie Saul.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Gold Medalist Steven Paul, 17, of Brooklyn, NY discusses his photograph "Lost Time," which was painted by Colossal Media on onto the side of a building in Williamsburg.

NBC NEWS Gold Medalist Steven Paul from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY featured on “Nightly News” to talk about his Award-winning photograph.


"We can say for certain then that a program like [The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards] doesn’t just honor artists. It creates them. It nurtures them. It gives them permission to shine brighter, to think differently, to be bolder."

— Jennifer Garner


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Background

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 architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, fashion design, Expanded Projects, and more.
  • Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol.
  • 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 2020 program year, 16 high school seniors received the Gold Medal Portfolio, which includes a $10,000 scholarship.
  • 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.
  • To learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and to read the full rules, visit: https://www.artandwriting.org/awards/how-to-enter/

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.

Art.Write.Now.Tour 2019–20

Art.Write.Now.Tour, a traveling exhibition showcasing a selection of national works from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, highlights some of the most stunning examples of teen-produced art and writing in the nation.

National Student Poets Program

What is the National Student Poets Program?

  • The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. It is a collaboration of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Program builds upon the Alliance's longstanding work with educators and creative teens through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
  • Representing five geographical regions of the nation, the 2020 National Student Poets are:
    • Isabella Ramirez (Southeast), Lake Worth, FL
    • Ethan Wang (Southwest), Katy, TX
    • Manasi Garg (West), Saratoga, CA
    • Madelyn Dietz (Midwest), St. Paul, MN
    • Anthony Wiles (Northeast), Ross, PA
  • Video: What is the National Student Poets Program?
  • Information on the Program, students and upcoming events can be found at www.artandwriting.org/programs/national-student-poets-program/
 

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The 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Virtual Ceremony

 

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The Best Teen Writing of 2020 

 

The Best Teen Art of 2020 

 

The 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall


Tracy K. Smith, 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States is pictured with the 2018 National Student Poets at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, writer and producer Tina Fey is pictured with Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 

From 2nd left to right, 2nd row, Tracy K. Smith, 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, writer and producer Tina Fey, Chairman and CEO of Scholastic Richard Robinson, fashion designer Zac Posen, astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz and Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Rose Byrne, are pictured with Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, writer and producer Tina Fey addresses students, their families and educators at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 

Zac Posen, fashion designer and Founder of House of Z presents the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award to Lucianne Walkowicz, astronomer at the Adler Planetarium and co-founder of The JustSpace Alliance, at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Rose Byrne addresses students, their families and educators at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

 

 
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Writer, actress and producer Tina Fey (SNL, 30 Rock); Chairman and CEO of Scholastic Richard Robinson; 22nd poet laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith; astronomer and 2019 Alumni Achievement Award recipient Lucianne Walkowicz; and actress Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Damages) address students, their families, and educators at the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday, June 6, 2019.

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