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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

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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

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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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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

Regional Award recipients at Brookfield Central High School in Brookfield, WI

Regional Award recipients at Brookfield Central High School in Brookfield, WI

We have been seeing some great posts throughout the past few weeks, and that must mean one thing: Regional Awards are being announced! The 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards received more than 300,000 submissions of original art and writing, which means there are a lot of really awesome teens out there with a lot to say. Every student who entered their work should be proud of the step they took to share their work — it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there!

While not all regions have posted their announcements, you can check your local program webpage to find out details regarding Regional Awards, local ceremonies and exhibitions, and next steps. All of you can take a look at the excitement below, and share your story with us by tagging @artandwriting on Twitter and Instagram, or hashtag #AWawards on all social media platforms! Don’t forget to like our Facebook page for updates, features and fun tools you can use to fuel your creativity!

We also want to say THANK YOU to all of our rockstar local program partners, jurors and educators who support and encourage these incredibly talented teens! Read More