Ornaments

Students who submitted in the fashion and jewelry categories of the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are invited to submit 2D designs of holiday ornaments. Students will have the chance to have their design transformed into a small, 3D ornament and distributed to Neiman Marcus stores across the country at the end of 2016. The student who submits the winning design will also:

  • Work with a professional sculptor to translate the 2D design into a 3D design.
  • Be featured in Neiman Marcus’s national publication, the book, which reaches more than 250,000 of its customers.
  • Have their signature on the back of the ornament, along with the Neiman Marcus logo.
  • Receive a $1,000 scholarship!

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA --- Martin Luther King Jr. listens at a meeting of the SCLC, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, at a restaurant in Atlanta. The SCLC is a civil rights organization formed by Martin Luther King after the success of the Montgomery bus boycott. --- Image by © Flip Schulke/CORBIS

Atlanta, Georgia, USA — Martin Luther King Jr. listens at a meeting of the SCLC, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, at a restaurant in Atlanta. The SCLC is a civil rights organization formed by Martin Luther King after the success of the Montgomery bus boycott. — Image by © Flip Schulke/CORBIS

This week saw the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., one of our nation’s most notable Civil Rights leaders, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and an activist for peace. In his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Dr. King said:

“Sooner or later, all the peoples of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.” Read More

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The Belin-Blank Center features a window installation by renowned artist Lawrence Weiner.

The Belin-Blank Center features a window installation by renowned artist Lawrence Weiner.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ national office in New York City is dedicated to growing and supporting our Affiliate Partners across the country. Our Affiliate Partners are doing great work in their communities, and we love hearing about their outreach efforts, their students, and their programs. This month, we shine the spotlight on the Belin-Blank Center at The University of Iowa, which manages a statewide art and writing program as well as the Midwest Region-at-Large program. Here’s what the staff at the Belin-Blank Center had to say about Awards activity in their region:

The mission of the Belin-Blank Center is to empower and serve the international gifted community through exemplary leadership in programs, research, and advocacy. For more than 25 years, we have identified gifted, talented, and artistic learners, and offered specialized educational opportunities for these students. Our outreach to students has always included those whose gifts are in the area of arts and humanities. Read More

Path, Fashion by Xiaofan Qu, Grade 12, Age 18, St. John’s International School, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Path, Fashion by Xiaofan Qu, Grade 12, Age 18, St. John’s International School, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards partners with many organizations to bring more opportunities for recognition and scholarships to students. We’re proud to announce that we have two new partners to provide additional awards and scholarships for 2016! Read More

Turtle Mountain teens at the open mic night on July 31, with National Student Poet Weston Clark (holding guitar)

Turtle Mountain teens at the open mic night on July 31, with National Student Poet Weston Clark (holding guitar)

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ national office in New York City is dedicated to growing and supporting local programs across the country. Our Affiliates are doing great work in their communities, and we love hearing about their outreach efforts, their students, and their programs. This month, we shine the spotlight on the Red River Valley Writing Project at North Dakota State University, which manages a statewide art and writing program and is part of the National Writing ProjectHere’s what the staff at the Red River Valley Writing Project had to say about Awards activity in their region: 

In North Dakota, the Red River Valley Writing Project partners with the Plains Art Museum to serve as the statewide Affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. We just finished our first season, and we are pleased to say that student entries increased by 600%! We hosted our first state awards ceremony at the Plains Art Museum, where Becky Dunham and her staff curated an exhibit of student work.

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First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a poetry reading in honor of the 2015 National Student Poets (from left: Anna Lance, David Xiang, De’John Hardges, Chasity Hale, and Eileen Huang) in the Blue Room of the White House, October 8, 2015. (Photo by Patrick G. Ryan for the National Student Poets Program.)

We are delighted to introduce Chasity Hale, De’John Hardges, Eileen Huang, Anna Lance, and David Xiang as the Class of 2015 National Student Poets! These students will join the ranks of esteemed and accomplished literary ambassadors for the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work.  Read More