Last week was spectacular! Not only did we honor 15 Portfolio Gold Medalists and over 600 students at the Carnegie Hall Award Ceremony, but a record-breaking 1,362 people attended the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Teen Exhibition opening reception at the World Financial Center’s Courtyard Gallery. Workshops took students and teachers to video game studios, panels with editors and writers, tours of magazines like Rolling Stone and behind-the-scenes visits to major museum collections. As one student reported: “It has changed my life even more than I had planned, and I don’t know how I would live without such a wonderful once in a lifetime experience such as this.”

While we celebrated the amazing talent of thousands of young artists and writers, it was the collaboration and strong partnerships that helped make a difference in the lives of this year’s recipients. On behalf of the staff of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, we’re thankful for our partners, funders, affiliates, teachers and friends whose generous support of the 2010 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony made it all possible.

For those that were not able to make the event, here’s a quick snap shot of what happened and interviews with some of our Award-winning students and teachers. Stay tuned for photos from the event!

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