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The Ties That Bind, Mixed Media by Sierra Callwood, Grade 11, Age 17, NSU University School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Creativity & Citizenship Award, produced in partnership with the National Constitution Center and sponsored by The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, is given to students whose art or writing address a topical theme, such as technology and privacy, immigration, bullying, and freedom of expression. This year, students were asked to create work that explores the issue of “Race in America” and add their unique voice to this important conversation. Meet the three students chosen for 2016 Creativity & Citizenship Awards! Read More

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Clones, Film & Animation by Conor Twohy, Grade 12, Age 17, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Towson, MD

Our series on the 2016 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients continues with Conor Twohy and Ruohan Elbaba. Many of Conor’s films use elements of science-fiction, through not-yet-developed technologies and imagined futures, to tell the story. Ruohan looks to the writings and characters from the past to frame her identity and her own place in the world. Through their films and writing, Conor and Ruohan show us how to bring the past into the future.

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Golden Barn

We’re extending the application deadline! All art educators who work in the paint medium and have a student who received a Gold Key in the 2016 Scholastic Awards are eligible to apply for the Golden Educators Residency. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on May 2, 2016.

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Girl Talk, Mixed media by Razan Elbaba, Grade 12, Age 17,

Girl Talk, Mixed Media by Razan Elbaba, Grade 12, Age 17, Oakton High School, Vienna, VA

As we continue our series on the 2016 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients, we turn the focus onto two students who use their art and writing to explore the people in their daily lives. Razan Elbaba’s art attempts to transform the way many people view women in hijabs while Allison Jiang uses poetry to describe the beauty she sees around her and in others. Their works allow us to see the world, and humanity, through new eyes. Read More

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Birch Tree Coat, Fashion by Olivia Reavey, Grade 12, Age 17, Hingham High School, Hingham, MA

Birch Tree Coat, Fashion by Olivia Reavey, Grade 12, Age 17, Hingham High School, Hingham, MA

As part of our efforts to bring new awards, scholarships, and opportunities to our students, we partnered with Neiman Marcus to create the Neiman Marcus Award for Fashion and the Neiman Marcus Award for Jewelry for the 2016 Scholastic Awards. Two teens who submitted outstanding work to the jewelry or fashion categories were selected to receive these awards, as well as a $1,000 scholarship! Without further ado, we’d like to congratulate the first recipients of these awards:

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Selection of students receiving Gold Keys in art.

Selection of students who received Gold Keys in art.

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 Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, which manages the Southern Nevada Art & Writing Regions. Here’s what the staff at Springs Preserve had to say about Awards activity in their region: Read More

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