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The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s highest honor for creative teens.
The 2012-2013 season begins the 90th anniversary of the Awards. Since 1923 the Awards have recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth, providing a singular opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents.
Every year, increasing numbers of creative teens, along with countless educators who support and encourage them, submit their work. They become a part of the Scholastic Art & Writing community, submitting writing, films, photographs, poetry, sculpture.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers was founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) as a nonprofit, to present the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and to expand upon the Awards’ enormous legacy of bringing exceptional artistic and literary talent of teens to a national audience.
Alumni include artists like Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Philip Pearlstein; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and Joyce Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon; actors Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin and John Lithgow; filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Ken Burns and Ned Vizzini; and many more.
Students’ admissions are judged by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom have been past Award recipients. Many notable past jurors have lent their expertise, including Francine Prose, Paul Giamatti, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Judy Blume, Paula Poundstone, Lesley Stahl, Billy Collins, Michael Beirut, Edward Sorel, David Sedaris, Roz Chast, among others.
Panelists look for works that best exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.
Today the Alliance works with 100-plus regional programs across the country to bring the program to local communities, as well as with over 60 scholarship partners.
Teens in grades 7 through 12, from public private, or home schools, can apply in 28 categories of art and writing, for a chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.
Students also submit work for special awards offered by sponsors including New York Life, the National Constitution Center, the AMD Foundation, Duck Tape, 3D Systems, and Ovation. They may try for special honors like the National Student Poets Program, a joint project between the Alliance, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
In the past five years alone, submissions have topped 700,000 works; students have been eligible for over $25 million in awards and scholarships.
Visit the site below, and join as a student, teacher, affiliate, partner, or supporter. Claim your place within our nation’s creative legacy. http://www.artandwriting.org
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