On October 22, we celebrated the exceptional young writers of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with some very special guests. Awards Alumnus Chris Bannon of WNYC, the 2014 National Student Poets, writers from The Best Teen Writing of 2014, and fellow alum and BTW editor Hannah Jones were all in attendance on a rainy fall evening in New York City.

More than 100 people celebrated with us at Scholastic Inc.’s 11th-floor aerie, The Greenhouse, where the written words of these teens took center stage. Chris Bannon recalled his Awards experience and encouraged the evening’s stars by affirming “You’ve found your starter voice… That’s an amazing thing.” Scholastic president and CEO Dick Robinson reminded guests that “The heart and soul of the Art & Writing Awards is reaching the creative ability of kids and bringing it alive.” and the work certainly came to life! Read More



Laura Fennessy, 1942, Grade 10, Age 15, Auburn High School, Auburn, NY

Last year, with The Gedenk Movement, co-founded by CEO Miri Ben-Ari, Grammy award-winning violinist and producer, we launched The Gedenk Award for Tolerance. We saw so many powerful and stunning works! The Gedenk Award for Tolerance saw an unprecedented number of submissions in its first year, many students created original works of art and writing to show the importance of cultivating tolerance and safeguarding a peaceful society, based on the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides.

We’re excited to see what is submitted by students for the 2015 Awards, and are sure that the examples from last year will serve as inspiration. Take a peek at all of last year’s Gedenk Award for Tolerance recipients! You can even hear from some of the medalists themselves. Read More

November is off to an incredible start! You’ve gotten to know us a little more and why we devote ourselves so wholeheartedly to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the many high-quality programs we offer throughout the year for teenagers and alumni. So far, we’ve raised over 10,000 of our $50,000 fundraising goal on Crowdrise. We’ve shared some AMAZING videos from alumni and friends of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards over the last week and look forward to sharing even more throughout the month of November. Every Friday afternoon, we get REALLY excited to release the names of the week’s supporters on our social media!

So, now, you think, you want in. The time is now. You want to join the campaign to reach $50,000 for the non-profit, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, that presents the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. We got you. Read More

On Monday, we announced an ambitious month-long campaign to reach $50,000 for our FIRST Crowdrise campaign by December 2!  In just two days, we’ve seen alumni and friends of the program donate, share our campaign, and encourage their colleagues, friends, family and educators to give to the Alliance so we can continue offering the highest quality programming for teenagers and alumni for years to come. It has been great to take this opportunity to share a little bit more about us and what drives us every day.

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For the first time, we are launching an online annual appeal to raise support for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards through Crowdrise. We are setting a big $50,000 goal and need your help to reach the top by December 2! In October, we called out to alumni and friends of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to submit a short video sharing: what did your Scholastic Art & Writing Award mean to you as a teenager? or, why are the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards important to teenagers?

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“The Cut” from Chado Ralph Rucci Resort 2014 line

If you live in the greater NYC area, consider designing your schedule on November 4 and 5 to get up close and personal with award-winning designer Ralph Rucci!

On Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30 PM, this master of innovative cutting, seaming and hand craftsmanship will talk about his creative process and inspiration at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (5th Avenue at 91st Street).

The very next day, at 4:30 PM at the Cooper Hewitt Design Center (111 Central Park North), Rucci will teach a teen workshop in which you’ll be assigned a fictional client and will use sketching, fabric and collage to design a piece for them. Best of all, both are FREE for teens—all you have to do is RSVP here for the talk and here for the workshop!

This post originally appeared on the Scholastic Awards of New York City blog.