1Delaware student takes the stage at Art.Write.Now.Tour 2013 in Washington D.C.

Delaware students take the stage at Art.Write.Now.DC 2013 in Washington, D.C.

I first reached out to JoAnn Balingit about having the Delaware Writing Region as our February Local Highlight because of their awesome Facebook posts. The program does such a great job of showcasing the talented young writers in the region and really engages with the community to bring their work to the public. In our February Highlight, we’ll learn more about how the local program began, who the passionate people are behind the scenes, and what the awesome opportunities for Delaware writers are!

During the 2011 Scholastic Awards season, Kristin Pleasanton, a juror for the Delaware Art Region, was surprised to find our state wasn’t hosting a Delaware Writing Region. As an arts administrator, she knew how valuable a state-level writing contest could be. “The Delaware Division of the Arts is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts across our state,” says Pleasanton, the agency’s deputy director. “Encouraging and recognizing the writing talents of middle and high school students is vital to the promotion of the literary arts, and to a lifelong involvement with them.” She contacted JoAnn Balingit, Delaware’s Poet Laureate. Read More

Viewing work at the Albuquerque stop of the Art.Write.Now.Tour

Guests viewing the work on display at the Albuquerque stop of the Art.Write.Now.Tour

The Scholastic Awards national office is dedicated to growing affiliates across the country, including the Southwest! Here’s the latest on the New Mexico Region and its new art award program!

As we’ve reported, the Art.Write.Now.Tour, the national student exhibit of selected Gold Medal winners, just finished its run at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, which brought about awareness and generated excitement for the program. Two students from New Mexico who currently have their work in the Tour represented their home state. School field trips were coordinated to view the exhibit, and some school commitments had been made to participate in the program as an art course requirement. Read More

Bronx Revolution

Calling all who live in the greater NYC area: have you heard about the Bronx Revolution? On Saturday, October 5 you can learn all about it—for free!—at Bronx’s own and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ NYC affiliate Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education.

What: The Bronx Revolution and the Birth of Hip-Hop

When:  3:30 PM, Saturday October 5

Where: Casita Maria, 928 Simpson Street, Bronx, NY

How: Take the 2 train to Simpson Street and walk one block to Casita, or take the 6 to Hunts Point and it’s two blocks south!

Why: Grandwizzard Theodore, Grandmaster Caz, Rokafella, BG183 from Tats Cru will all be performing, followed by a cipher with the cast and pioneer DJs, MCs, B-boys and B-girls!

This fabulous event is part of the South Bronx Culture Trail (SBCF) Festival, which takes place from October 2—9. For more information about this event and others, visit Casita Maria’s Facebook page! Read More

2013 Regional Scholastic Award Winners from the Colorado Art Region receiving their certificates

The Scholastic Awards national office is located in New York City, but our Regional Affiliates can be found around the country. Here’s the scoop on our Colorado Regional Art Affiliate and the people behind them!

The Colorado Art Region has been an integral part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards since 1948, and continues to help talented, yet underserved, students throughout the state. The region is supported by the Colorado Art Education Association (CAEA) and has been administered by Pam Starck at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) for the past 10 years.

Pam took the Colorado regional affiliate to another level by raising over $300,000 in 2011 for the state-wide Scholastic Art Awards, and increasing awareness of the importance of creativity in our schools through the Awards program. Her advocacy has contributed to the increased participation of 4,494 entries last year! Read More

Above: Photos of the Pinellas Art Region’s 2012 Scholastic Awards Ceremony and Exhibition

Susan Castleman is the art supervisor for Pinellas County Schools. She has also been running the Pinellas Art Region of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for over 15 years (thank you, Sue, for your dedication to the Awards program!). In the following interview, Susan shares her experience managing the Alliance’s Pinellas County Affiliate in St. Petersburg, Florida.

What’s been the most rewarding experience running a regional affiliate? The most rewarding part has been recognizing creative teens during our regional ceremony each year and seeing the winners’ faces. I also enjoy hearing parents, teachers, and others who attend the ceremony reflect on the time that they received a Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention when they were in high school and how important it was to them.

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Guest post by Alliance staffer Katie Babick, Manager of External Relations

On a lovely Friday in late January, I had the opportunity to visit Springs Preserve, home to the Alliance’s Southern Nevada regional affiliate. Jessica Hougen, who runs the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for Southern Nevada and is the Assistant Curator at Springs Preserve, gave me a tour and told me what it is like to run the program in her corner of the world.

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