2016 Call to Submissions Poster FrontThe 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards open for submissions on September 14!

Get your sketchbooks, notepads, easels, and pens ready because it’s almost time to enter your masterpiece for the opportunity to receive recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships! With 29 categories of art and writing, there’s a place for whatever you create. From paintings to poetry, comic art to critical essay, the Scholastic Awards have many opportunities for you to share your vision and have your voice heard. Read More

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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 Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County in California, which manages the Northern California Art Region. Here’s what the staff at Community Memorial Museum had to say about Awards activity in their region:

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is proud to be the new Scholastic Awards Affiliate Partner in California!

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Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County, CA

Our Museum was founded in 1975 and is located in Yuba City, California. We are a department of Sutter County, and we are supported by a nonprofit organization, the Museum Commission. We have permanent exhibits on early life in Sutter County, Nisenan Maidu Indians, agricultural history of the area, and a multicultural wing that includes exhibits on communities in our area, including Hmong American, Japanese American, Punjabi American, Chinese American, and Mexican American. We host 4-6 rotating exhibits per year.

It may seem odd for a history museum is to be affiliated with an art awards program, but we believe that the arts are an important part of a great community. We are here to celebrate the past, but also to celebrate our community—that’s why “community” is the first word of our name. As such, hosting the Scholastic Awards is a great fit. Not only will we be offering more opportunities to our community’s youth, we will be expanding our audience, and the more people who know about the Museum, the better!

This year, we will be hosting the Scholastic Art Awards for seven counties: Colusa, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba. We are hoping to expand that in future years. Also, keep an eye out for a Northern California Affiliate for Writing in the next year or two!

We are still putting the finishing touches on our first-year schedule for the Awards, but keep a close eye on our Affiliate page. We’ll be posting new information in early fall.

While the Museum is new to hosting the Scholastic Awards, the staff at the Museum is not. The Director, Jessica Hougen, is a former employee of the Springs Preserve, which is the Scholastic Awards Affiliate for art and writing in Southern Nevada.

We are excited to bring the Scholastic Art Awards to Northern California!

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are proud to work with organizations like the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County to help talented students receive recognition for their creative efforts. By partnering together, the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County and the Scholastic Awards give our youth the support they need to become lasting members of their art and writing communities.

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Boy_GirlJust because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean we’re taking a break. We’ve got a slew of events, conferences, and workshops lined up for the coming weeks. Check out where you can find us next!

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Ken_Burns SMALLThe Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is deeply proud of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ ability to identify the early promise of our nation’s most accomplished and creative leaders, and the Alliance celebrates a shining example of the exceptional artistic and literary talent that is encouraged through the Awards: Ken Burns. Read More

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National Events 464x288The Scholastic Awards were delighted to welcome hundreds of students, educators, and their families to New York City in June to attend National Events. Every year, we plan activities, exhibitions of student art and writing, a recognition ceremony, and a festive party to celebrate the accomplishments of our nation’s most creative youth.

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Still from Alumni Microgrant recipient Ariel Sobel’s film You Asked For It

Earlier this year we debuted our newest initiative: The Alumni Microgrant Program. With support from our Alumni Council, we were able to award four of our Alums monetary grants to help them with their creative projects. Check out what our Alums have been up to!

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