Are you an educator whose student(s) received Gold Key recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards? If so, we have an amazing opportunity for you!

You could be one of three educators chosen to spend part of the summer to paint with unique materials and technologies at the GOLDEN Educators Residency in beautiful upstate New York!

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NAEA 2015

What role will design play in the future of visual arts education? Three Scholastic Awards alums—Sarah Devlin, Samuel Hooper, and Brett Goliff—will explore this question in their panel Young Creatives Talk Innovation and Design at the annual National Art Education Association Conference on March 25 in New Orleans. If you plan to be there, plan to join us!

The interactive session will look at ways in which design informs our constructions of place and space. This group of practicing artists, all innovators in their fields, will bring a fresh perspective on the intersection of design and arts education.

Read on to learn about our amazing alums and what they’ve been up to since they received their Scholastic Awards!

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Morgan Gruer joined us again this year for the monumental task of processing Region-at-Large submissions. Having previous years under her belt, she know what she was getting in to, and it was great to work with her again! An artist from a young age, Morgan is now studying in New York City and making her mark as a young emerging artist.
“I am currently a third-year undergraduate student at Pratt Institute studying Communications Design with a concentration in Advertising and Art Direction. Before Pratt, I spent the last two years studying Studio Art at Skidmore College. I am passionate about both design and the fine arts – really, I love anything creative.”
Read on to hear more about Morgan’s time at the Alliance!

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You’re all familiar with the Gedenk Award for Tolerance and the inspiring work of The Gedenk Movement, but we wanted to give you a closer look at the inspirations of co-founder Miri Ben-Ari! Miri took the time to answer some of our most wondered questions, giving us a look into her passions and hopes, and also gave words of advice to all of us that work creatively.

Through the Gedenk Award for Tolerance, students create 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. You can see the work of last year’s recipients here!

Now let’s hear from Miri!

Alliance:  What inspired you to co-found Gedenk?

Miri: I founded the The Gedenk Movement seven years ago because I discovered the urgent need to expand youth education about the Holocaust in order to promote tolerance. As a third generation to Holocaust survivors, I was appalled by studies showing that 50 percent of kids graduating high school in America don’t even know what the Holocaust is. What’s even more concerning is the fact that the young generation doesn’t think that the Holocaust is “relevant” to their lives. I explain more about this in my recent blog on the Huffington Post A World Without Tolerance. Read More


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