Guest post by our Archivist, Haley Richardson
While preparing for the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards celebration in New York City, I’ve been hunting in the archives for photographs of past Award winners, which I’ve come to think of as tiny time capsules of teenage life. From the emphasis on neat up-dos and fancy neckwear in the 1930s to the more informal and whimsical self portraits of the ’00s, these snapshots are visual reminders of great amount of social change over time, but also of the broad shared realities of being a teenager.
Submitted by students and printed in publications like Senior Scholastic and Literary Cavalcade, these photographs — be they professional prints made by school photographers, group shots with best friends or teachers, or Photo Booth images captured in a computer lab — are a great way to celebrate the accomplishment of individual students and, from an archival perspective, to commemorate a specific moment in the life of an artist.
So, to the winners of the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, please help us make the National Celebration a reflection of you and your personality by uploading your self-portrait, an audio clip describing your Award-winning work and the inspiration behind it, and a video greeting introducing yourself and talking about your goals as an artist or writer.
A selection of photographs and videos will be displayed on screen during the Carnegie Hall Ceremony, which we’re webcasting LIVE for all to see this year (special consideration will be given to videos featuring original songs, so break out the musical instruments!). Audio clips will be featured in our 2013 National Exhibition, in our touring exhibitions, and on your media page in our online galleries.
In addition, all media uploads will be added to our growing and dynamic archives! Help us preserve the legacy of the Scholastic Awards by adding your unique voice!
Upload “Your Media” from your Scholastic Awards Account at http://www.artandwriting.org/ors/registration.