Benjamin Bear, Black
Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. —Barbara Kingsolver
Knowing what you want to say before you put your pen to the paper, click the camera shutter, or dip your brush in paint takes time to figure out, but it is well worth the effort. One of the criteria the Scholastic Awards jurors look for is a personal vision or voice, and this year’s Gold Medal Portfolio recipients’ works are speaking loudly and clearly. These works are personal and public; they focus on the small things in life and the big ideas. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to explore these works, and the artists and writers behind them, in their own words. Benjamin Bear and Edil Hassan will kick off our series on the 2015 Scholastic Awards’ Gold Medal Portfolio recipients.
We are proud to announce that the Scholastic Awards of New York City’s Regional Exhibition will be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art! Over 500 pieces of Gold Key art and writing by New York City students will be on display at The Met’s Ruth & Harold D. Uris Center for Education. The exhibition opens on March 16 and will run until May 17, 2015.
To kick-off this year’s exhibition, an Opening Reception will be held in the Uris Center on Friday, March 20, 5:00-7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public, so if you happen to be in New York City, please stop by! The evening will feature readings by Gold Key Portfolio recipients in writing as well as American Voice nominees. Plus, kids and adults of all ages can join in a special make-and-take art project. Read More
Are you an educator whose student(s) received Gold Key recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards? If so, we have an amazing opportunity for you!
You could be one of three educators chosen to spend part of the summer to paint with unique materials and technologies at the GOLDEN Educators Residency in beautiful upstate New York!
What role will design play in the future of visual arts education? Three Scholastic Awards alums—Sarah Devlin, Samuel Hooper, and Brett Goliff—will explore this question in their panel Young Creatives Talk Innovation and Design at the annual National Art Education Association Conference on March 25 in New Orleans. If you plan to be there, plan to join us!
The interactive session will look at ways in which design informs our constructions of place and space. This group of practicing artists, all innovators in their fields, will bring a fresh perspective on the intersection of design and arts education.
Read on to learn about our amazing alums and what they’ve been up to since they received their Scholastic Awards!
Morgan Gruer joined us again this year for the monumental task of processing Region-at-Large submissions. Having previous years under her belt, she know what she was getting in to, and it was great to work with her again! An artist from a young age, Morgan is now studying in New York City and making her mark as a young emerging artist.
“I am currently a third-year undergraduate student at Pratt Institute studying Communications Design with a concentration in Advertising and Art Direction. Before Pratt, I spent the last two years studying Studio Art at Skidmore College. I am passionate about both design and the fine arts – really, I love anything creative.”
Read on to hear more about Morgan’s time at the Alliance!
You’re all familiar with the Gedenk Award for Tolerance and the inspiring work of The Gedenk Movement, but we wanted to give you a closer look at the inspirations of co-founder Miri Ben-Ari! Miri took the time to answer some of our most wondered questions, giving us a look into her passions and hopes, and also gave words of advice to all of us that work creatively.
Through the Gedenk Award for Tolerance, students create original works of art and writing to show the importance of cultivating tolerance and safeguarding a peaceful society, based on the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides. You can see the work of last year’s recipients here!
Now let’s hear from Miri!
Alliance: What inspired you to co-found Gedenk?
Miri: I founded the The Gedenk Movement seven years ago because I discovered the urgent need to expand youth education about the Holocaust in order to promote tolerance. As a third generation to Holocaust survivors, I was appalled by studies showing that 50 percent of kids graduating high school in America don’t even know what the Holocaust is. What’s even more concerning is the fact that the young generation doesn’t think that the Holocaust is “relevant” to their lives. I explain more about this in my recent blog on the Huffington Post A World Without Tolerance. Read More