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Scholastic Awards Alumni from left: Iviva Olenick (’93), Antonio Pulgarin (’07), Zara Kessler (’08), Philip Pearlstein (’41), Justin Nissley (’01), Winston Chmielinski (’06), and Dionisio Cortes Ortega (’04)

Art & Writing @ Night, our annual benefit for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, was held at Tribeca Three-Sixty on May 10. The night featured artwork on display from our Alums and current students, as well as remarks from Alum and artist Philip Pearlstein, and an improvised keynote from actor Bill Irwin and Alum Madeleine LeCesne. Read More

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Dancer 2 of 5, Photography by Nyanna Johnson, Grade 12, Age 17, Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, OH

Dancer 2 of 5, Photography by Nyanna Johnson, Grade 12, Age 17, Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, OH

Nostalgia is a powerful device in the art and writing of Nyanna Johnson and Alex Zhang. Both students received Gold Medals for their portfolios which focused on revisiting the past and evoking emotions with their words and images.  Nyanna and Alex take us back in time to give new meaning to the present in this next installment of Eyes on the Prize.

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In 2011, our first year as a Scholastic Awards Affiliate Partner, we displayed a quote from the awarded works along with the students’ certificates. It was a crowd pleaser, but too labor-intensive to continue as submissions increased.

In 2013, our first year as a Scholastic Awards Affiliate Partner, we displayed a quote from the awarded works along with the students’ certificates.

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 Writopia Lab Westchester & Fairfield in New York State, which manages the HudsontoHousatonic Writing Region. Here’s what the staff at Writopia Lab had to say about Awards activity in their region: Read More

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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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