The Belin-Blank Center features a window installation by renowned artist Lawrence Weiner.
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 the Belin-Blank Center at The University of Iowa, which manages a statewide art and writing program as well as the Midwest Region-at-Large program. Here’s what the staff at the Belin-Blank Center had to say about Awards activity in their region:
The mission of the Belin-Blank Center is to empower and serve the international gifted community through exemplary leadership in programs, research, and advocacy. For more than 25 years, we have identified gifted, talented, and artistic learners, and offered specialized educational opportunities for these students. Our outreach to students has always included those whose gifts are in the area of arts and humanities. Read More
Turtle Mountain teens at the open mic night on July 31, with National Student Poet Weston Clark (holding guitar)
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ national office in New York City is dedicated to growing and supporting local programs across the country. Our Affiliates 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 the Red River Valley Writing Project at North Dakota State University, which manages a statewide art and writing program and is part of the National Writing Project. Here’s what the staff at the Red River Valley Writing Project had to say about Awards activity in their region:
In North Dakota, the Red River Valley Writing Project partners with the Plains Art Museum to serve as the statewide Affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. We just finished our first season, and we are pleased to say that student entries increased by 600%! We hosted our first state awards ceremony at the Plains Art Museum, where Becky Dunham and her staff curated an exhibit of student work.
First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a poetry reading in honor of the 2015 National Student Poets (from left: Anna Lance, David Xiang, De’John Hardges, Chasity Hale, and Eileen Huang) in the Blue Room of the White House, October 8, 2015. (Photo by Patrick G. Ryan for the National Student Poets Program.)
We are delighted to introduce Chasity Hale, De’John Hardges, Eileen Huang, Anna Lance, and David Xiang as the Class of 2015 National Student Poets! These students will join the ranks of esteemed and accomplished literary ambassadors for the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work. Read More
When we introduced the first-ever “Maker Prom” during our National Events in NYC in 2014, we had no idea just how successful it would be. So it was a given that we would have to bring it back for National Events 2015! Hundreds of National Medalists attended Maker Prom in June, which was held in the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Students had the opportunity to dance, make new friends, and create cool stuff! Read More
Just a Little Laughter, Maggie Gillette, Grade 12, Age 17.
This past summer, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards teamed up with Studio 360 to present Funny Ha Ha!: The High School Humor Challenge. We received hundreds of hilarious submissions from teens across the country and spent several laughter-filled weeks selecting the finalists. Guest judge BJ Novak chose the winner, Emma Callahan, age 16, and Studio 360 took some time to talk with Emma about her submission. Here are the other nine pieces that made into our Top Ten. Enjoy! Read More
Sophia George in front of the American National Tree exhibit at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo credit: Mike DeNardo)
The American National Tree is one of the most popular exhibits at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Each year, students who participated in the Scholastic Awards are invited to submit essays about historical Americans who have helped shape our Constitution. The winning essay is added to the Tree and the author is given a $1,000 Maurice R. Robinson American National Tree Award and a trip to Philadelphia, PA. This year’s winner was Sophia George, a 9th-grader at Culver Academies in Culver, IN, for her essay on Thaddeus Stevens. Congratulations, Sophia!