Morgan Gruer joined us again this year for the monumental task of processing Region-at-Large submissions. Having previous years under her belt, she know what she was getting in to, and it was great to work with her again! An artist from a young age, Morgan is now studying in New York City and making her mark as a young emerging artist.
“I am currently a third-year undergraduate student at Pratt Institute studying Communications Design with a concentration in Advertising and Art Direction. Before Pratt, I spent the last two years studying Studio Art at Skidmore College. I am passionate about both design and the fine arts – really, I love anything creative.”
Read on to hear more about Morgan’s time at the Alliance!

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You’re all familiar with the Gedenk Award for Tolerance and the inspiring work of The Gedenk Movement, but we wanted to give you a closer look at the inspirations of co-founder Miri Ben-Ari! Miri took the time to answer some of our most wondered questions, giving us a look into her passions and hopes, and also gave words of advice to all of us that work creatively.

Through the Gedenk Award for Tolerance, students create original works of art and writing to show the importance of cultivating tolerance and safeguarding a peaceful society, based on the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides. You can see the work of last year’s recipients here!

Now let’s hear from Miri!

Alliance:  What inspired you to co-found Gedenk?

Miri: I founded the The Gedenk Movement seven years ago because I discovered the urgent need to expand youth education about the Holocaust in order to promote tolerance. As a third generation to Holocaust survivors, I was appalled by studies showing that 50 percent of kids graduating high school in America don’t even know what the Holocaust is. What’s even more concerning is the fact that the young generation doesn’t think that the Holocaust is “relevant” to their lives. I explain more about this in my recent blog on the Huffington Post A World Without Tolerance. Read More


With an ASAP Award, Dylan Price learned to see things differently at MICA Summer Precollege.

How do you see yourself spending this summer? Last year, thanks to ASAP…

Dylan Prince soared from San Antonio to Baltimore to play with photography at MICA….

Grace Infante traveled from Miami to Michigan to study the figure at Cranbrook Summer Art Academy…

Noble Jones painted streetscapes at Boston’s Massachusetts College of Art & Design….

Eva Johnson penned poetry at Juniper Institute for Young Writers in Amherst…

Brandonlee Cruz left Hartford for rural Ohio, and wrote “I Tried to Skype with God” at Kenyon Young Writer’s Workshop…

The ASAP (Alliance Summer Arts Program) Awards welcomes applications from now until March 9—and space is limited so we encourage you to apply ASAP!

To find out if you qualify, login to your account and click on “What is ASAP?” Last summer, 46 students from 18 different states attended 25 art and writing intensives. This summer, from Maine to Iowa, and New York City to Iowa City, talented 13- to 17-year-olds will delve into Darkroom Photography, explore Architecture, try their hands at Playwriting or learn to seriously play—with clay among many other choices. Read More

Guests at the 2015 Delaware Exhibit admire the art and writing on display.

Guests at the 2015 Delaware Exhibit admire the art and writing on display.

Last week we announced our February Local Highlight: The Delaware Writing Region! This week we continue our feature and take a deeper look at the recognition that students receive in the region. Local ceremonies and exhibitions are such an important part of the Awards for students who participate. Being celebrated in their communities is a big moment for anyone, and this local program does a great job at showcasing these students talents.

The Delaware Writing Region 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards ceremony took place on February 7th. The Art & Writing Awards exhibit opened on January 20th. As always Delaware State University in Dover, the Delaware Art Region affiliate, generously provides a venue. Each year, families, teachers and community leaders fill the meeting salons at The Martin Luther King campus center. At the Art Center Gallery, laced among the award-winning art works on walls and columns are the mounted excerpts from Gold Key-winning poems, essays, short stories and plays. Read More


The first two weeks of February we will be welcoming renowned artists from around the country (and world) to join us at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Office in New York City for National Art Judging.  These artists are at the top of their fields, and they share in our mission of recognizing and fostering creativity.

This year we had over 300,000 submissions nationwide and only the top 5-7% are considered on the National Level for the Gold and Silver Medals and the opportunity to NYC in June for National Events. Read More


This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog, written by Brittany Sullivan.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have been judging student work based on 3 original criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.

Flash forward to 92 years later and a quite few details surrounding the judging process have changed, but at its core, you could say that nothing has changed at all. The Awards founder Maurice R. Robinson dreamed of providing students who are accomplished in the arts with the same honors and recognition as their athletic classmates—and with these three criteria the Awards does just that with opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

Today, National Adjudication for the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began at Scholastic headquarters in New York City! Throughout the next two weeks, panels of creative-industry experts will blindly judge all Gold Key-winning works, sent in from the more than 100 Regional Affiliates throughout the country that run the Awards in their local areas.

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