09/12/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/12/2019 08:12
Contact: Allyson Barkan, [email protected], 212-389-3469
Creative Teens Are Invited by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to Submit Original Works and Join the Ranks of Awards Alumni Including Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Tschabalala Self, and More
NEW YORK, NY - September 12, 2019 - The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teens, are now accepting submissions from students across the country in grades 7-12. Presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Awards have fostered the talent of millions of students since 1923 and feature a distinguished list of alumni including Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Joyce Carol Oates, Charles White, and Tschabalala Self, all of whom received recognition through the program when they were teens. In the 2019 program year, nearly 340,000 works were submitted for adjudication at the regional level, with more than 2,700 students receiving national recognition, including more than $300,000 in direct scholarships and millions in tuition support.
To learn more about the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit http://artandwriting.org.
'It has always been the mission of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to open the door for students to explore their artistic talents, pursue their creative goals, and express themselves while gaining national recognition,' said Christopher Wisniewski, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. 'It's remarkable to see how teens use art and writing to speak their minds and shine a light on today's most critical issues, and we at the Alliance look forward to providing these teens with new opportunities as they set out on their creative journeys.'
Students ages 13 and above residing in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada, or enrolled in an accredited American school internationally, are invited to submit original work in any of the Awards' 29 art and writing categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, and video game design. All works are blindly adjudicated based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice, first on a regional level by more than 100 local affiliates of the Alliance, and then nationally by an impressive panel of industry experts. Annually, the Alliance partners with individuals, foundations, and corporations to offer scholarship opportunities for students in certain categories or addressing particular themes.
The 2020 Scholarships and Special Achievement Awards include:
Deadlines for submissions vary by region, with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Medalists announced in March 2020. In June, the Alliance hosts a week of celebration in New York City for students, families, and educators including a ceremony at Carnegie Hall. The Awards season will culminate in the summer, with the launch of the Art.Write.Now.Tour, a traveling public exhibition featuring select 2020 National Medalists' works. Writing recipients may have their work published in The Best Teen Writing of 2020, an anthology showcasing stories, essays, and poetry of teen authors, and art recipients in The Best Teen Art of 2020, highlighting paintings, photographs, drawings, and other works by teen artists.
About the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and are made possible through the generosity of Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, New York Life Foundation, Command Web Offset Co., The New York Times, The Herb Block Foundation, Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies, Golden Artist Colors, Bloomberg Philanthropies, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders; and, for the National Student Poets Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Poetry Foundation.
For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, visit www.artandwriting.org. Additional details about the Awards can be found in the Scholastic media room: http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/artandwriting.