Call_for_Submission_2019Every year during the summer, we take a moment to reflect on the past program year of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. We have a wealth of successes and milestones to celebrate, such as another record year of submissions and the formation of new partnerships. At the same time, we look to improve. We conducted a review of our process and policies, and solicited feedback from staff, Affiliates, students, educators, parents, jurors, alumni, funders, and others, in order to make thoughtful updates to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In doing so, we hope to enhance the experience of our students and educators, and broaden the opportunities available through increased awareness and scholarship offerings.

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Artists & MentorsSeptember holds much excitement, as educators welcome back their students to the classroom and submissions open for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Yet, there’s an even greater flurry this fall as twelve art educators and painters are scheduled to show in Artists & Mentors: A group exhibition on view at The Painting Center in New York City. Each of the exhibiting artists have served in residency at the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation and have students who received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. We hope you’ll come and see the show!

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Alyssa Queensborough attended the Juniper Institute for Young Writers. Here she is pictured with other young writers.

Alyssa Queensborough attended the Juniper Institute for Young Writers. Here she is pictured with other young writers.

Over the summer, dozens of students were granted scholarships to attend summer art and writing programs through the Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarship program. Students who received recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were eligible to apply for the program, and the Scholastic Awards partnered with pre-college programs, universities, writing institutes, studios, and creative workshops to give our students the summer of a lifetime.

We recently caught up with six students who attended summer programs through the Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarship program to see how their experiences went. Read More

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Actor Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver, The Fault in Our Stars) poses with Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

Actor Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver, The Fault in Our Stars) poses with Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

Nearly 800 students, their guests, and more than 100 educators from across the country traveled to New York City in early June for our National Events: a celebration of the 2018 National Medalists. National Events is the culmination of our program year, which begins in September when we open for submissions. For three days, teen creativity is recognized and exhibited and educators are shown appreciation for encouraging their students to create.

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Marbella Alberto, Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Age 18, Elsik High School, Houston, TX

Marbella Alberto, Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Age 18, Elsik High School, Houston, TX

Congratulations to the 2018 Scholastic Awards National Writing Medalists! Gold Key works that advanced to the final round of National Writing Adjudications were evaluated by jurors representing a wide spectrum of literature enthusiasts which included editors, published authors, founders of literary magazines, literary agents, college professors, non-profit executives, award-winning poets, and more. Jurors were asked to identify fresh and relevant works through the lens of three time-tested criteria: originality, technical skill, and personal vision or voice. Read More

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Geeta Dave, Power of Intuition, Acrylic paint, 30’ x 30’, 2018

Geeta Dave, Power of Intuition, Acrylic paint, 30’ x 30’, 2018

Educators spend most of their time helping their students reach their highest potentials. Finding time to work on their own development is difficult, and many educators put their own work aside to devote more time to their students. To help educators develop their own artistic practice, the Scholastic Awards partnered with Golden Artist Colors to select three educators to participate in the GOLDEN Educators Residency: a two-week painting residency in upstate New York at the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation’s artist residence space. The three selected educators are:

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