2014 Northeastern PA Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients at the regional exhibition in Mahady Gallery of Marywood University.

2014 Northeastern PA Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients at the regional exhibition in the Mahady Gallery of Marywood University.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ national office is dedicated to growing and supporting our local programs. 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 Northeastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Writing Regions, which are overseen by our new Affiliate, Marywood University in Scranton, PAHere’s what the staff at Marywood had to say about Awards activity in their region:  Read More

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The National Student Poets, Class of 2014, take a bow on-stage at Carnegie Hall.

The National Student Poets Class of 2014’s year of service is coming to an end—although it feels like just yesterday that they met in Washington, D.C. for their appointment events at the White House, where they read their work for the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Somehow, the months in their year of service flew by, past the Dodge Poetry Festival in October and National Poetry Month events throughout April. But there was a brief pause for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Events in NYC at the beginning of June, followed swiftly by an amazing stop in Aspen, Colorado, for the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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comedy2-750x400This is a guest post from comedy writer Brendan McLaughlin.

Hello, future comedy writers!

The nice people at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards asked me to contribute a few words of advice for teens looking to break into the world of comedy writing, so here are those words. One thing to note: much of this post was written in my apartment on a weekday while I waited in my pajamas to hear back about job opportunities. At one point, I had an actual argument with myself over what made better middle of the day email-refreshing background noise‑“Malcolm in the Middle” or “Blue Bloods.” What I’m trying to say is, I’m definitely not an expert. I am undisciplined. I am currently “between jobs.” I am socially inept. I am a comedy writer. And, if you play your cards right, you can be all of those things too! Okay, maybe just some of them. Here’s my advice: Read More

treeAs any writer who has submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards knows, the written word has power: the power to express ideas, to allow writers of the past to speak with readers of today, and to shape nations. On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Philadelphia Convention signed the United States Constitution. More than two hundred years later, our Constitution continues to play a pivotal role in the governance of our nation. Each year, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia celebrates Constitution Day—September 17—to honor the signing of such an important document.

The American National Tree, a popular exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, tells the stories of Americans whose actions have helped write the story of the Constitution. On September 17, a new story will be added—and you may be its scholarship-winning author! Read More

Fake Blue, by Seungmuk Oh

Fake Blue, by Seungmuk Oh

Summer is the time to kick-back, relax–and get excited for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Be ahead of the game this fall by working on your art and writing during summer break. We can help!

All summer, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is hosting art and writing workshops across the country for both students and educators. We also have some fun, creative challenges that you won’t want to miss!

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Fruit Fantasia, Painting by Cristina Gonzalez

Earlier this year, we announced our first educator residency, made possible through a partnership with Golden Artist Colors and the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation. We invited teachers whose students, past or present, received a Scholastic Award to apply for this unique opportunity and we were astounded by the number and quality of the submissions! Educators from across the country sent in applications that were thoughtful, inspiring, and filled with outstanding artwork. Choosing the three teachers to participate in the residency was not an easy task, and we felt honored to have the chance to get to know so many of the teachers who help make the Scholastic Awards possible.

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