Alumni Council Members pictured from left: Antonio Pulgarin (’07), Zara Kessler (’08), Molly Hensley-Clancy (’08), Tasha Garcia (’07), Iviva Olenick (’93), and Dionisio Cortes Ortega (’04)

Alumni Council Members pictured from left: Antonio Pulgarin (’07), Zara Kessler (’08), Molly Hensley-Clancy (’08), Tasha Garcia (’07), Iviva Olenick (’93), and Dionisio Cortes Ortega (’04)

Post by Jeanette Anderson, Associate Manager Of Development at the Alliance For Young Artists & Writers and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alum (’07)

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumni cross generations, disciplines, and career paths. In 2007, I received my Gold Key in high school for poetry. Sixty-one years earlier, in 1946, my father Lennart Anderson received a Scholastic Award and scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago. Now, I work for the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, writing poetry in my free time, while my father continues to paint and exhibit his work. Meanwhile, the Alliance’s programming has expanded to include the Scholastic Awards Summer Series, the Alliance Summer Arts Program, the Art.Write.Now.Tour, the National Student Poets Program, alumni and educator residencies, and now, the inaugural SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS ALUMNI COUNCIL!

The Alumni Council is a select group of writers and artists who advocate for and champion the arts for teenagers in diverse communities across the nation while encouraging other Alumni to remain connected to the program for unique networking opportunities. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumni Council advises the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers’ staff leadership on programs and audience development.

The Alumni Council’s thirteen members represent a wide variety of artistic genres, professions, and interests. Get to know each member here!

The Alumni Council will be hosting the opening reception of the Art.Write.Now.2015 National Exhibition on Friday, June 5! The event is free and open to the public with raffles to benefit the Alliance, music and of course, sparkling wine to raise a glass and toast great art and writing! Come by and say hello!


See you there!

P.S: On June 5, we will also launch our flash Crowdrise campaign to raise $10,000 in ten days. Take a peek here and join the team!



The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ Best-in-Grade Award, generously sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is given to two writers and two artists as the most outstanding works in their grade levels. All students who submit to the Scholastic Awards are eligible for this special recognition. Each Best-in-Grade recipient receives a $500 cash prize, and the educators of these gifted students receive a $250 award. This year’s recipients represent the best and the brightest writers and artists in grades 7-12.

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One, Mixed Media by Ella Corwin

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers’ partnership with Grammy Award-winning artist Miri Ben-Ari and her organization The Gedenk Movement continues to flourish. For the 2015 Scholastic Awards, we wanted middle- and high-school students to explore their roles in creating a more tolerant society. The students were asked to create original works of art and writing that reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides, with the intent to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society. This year, we received more than 5,000 submissions that were self-identified for consideration for a Gedenk Award! Six talented young artists and writers were honored with the 2015 Gedenk Award for Tolerance, along with a $1,000 cash scholarship from Gedenk! The Alliance, Miri Ben-Ari, and Gedenk would like to congratulate the winners. They are:

  • Ella CorwinOne, Grade 8, Age 14, Northshore Christian Academy, Everett, WA
  • Jo de WaalLet Light In, Grade 10, Age 16, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT
  • Lilianna HarrisLegs, Grade 11, Age 17, American Heritage School: Plantation Campus, Plantation, FL
  • Mya NunnallyA House of Leaves Moments Before the Wind, Grade 11, Age 17, Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver, NJ
  • Lisa QianSquint, Grade 12, Age 17, Home School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Cadence SeegerVictory, Grade 12, Age 17, Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA

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Anatomical Dissemblance #3, Omar Wiseman

The work of Hannah Richter and Omar Wiseman seems to ask all of us to pause, for just a moment, and appreciate the world around us. These artists want to touch others with their work and for people to walk away with the memory of their drawings and words saved for another day. They use twists of phrases and shifting lines to turn the simple pleasures of life into something much more poignant. Read More

Feel the Burn by Max Johnson via Alliance for Young Artists & Writers on Vimeo.

Comedy is a difficult medium. What’s funny to one person can be a bore to another. This week’s Gold Medal Portfolio recipients, Max Johnson and Ron Anahaw, took a chance with using humor in their art and writing, and it really paid off. What’s really impressive about Max’s work is his distinctive animation style–as soon as you see the title card, you know it’s from Max. Ron infuses his writing with a lightheartedness that makes his characters feel like someone you already know, or want to know. Both of these students know a good joke when they hear it, and are experts at using humor to enhance their work. Read More

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Courtney Buckland, the Alliance’s Associate Manager of Affiliate Services, at the 2015 National Art Educators Association Annual Convention in New Orleans.

As an artist, the National Art Educators Association Annual Convention (NAEA) is my favorite event–I feel like when I arrive I am with my tribe. Big jewelry, rainbow-colored hair, and thousands of art educators, administrators, and even some students about to begin the path to becoming art educators themselves. The fact that this year’s convention was in New Orleans was particularly welcome after the long, cold winter we had in New York City. I was continuously pleased by how much NAEA was able to bring the feel of New Orleans to the convention. There was no shortage of masks, Mardi Gras beads, and sunshine! Read More