Drained, Drawing & Illustration by Aylen Mercado

Drained, Drawing & Illustration by Aylen Mercado

One of the recurring themes we saw in the entries to the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards was the struggle minorities face in the United States. From stories of police brutality to the plight of migrant workers, the students tackled these difficult subjects in their art and writing. Portfolio Gold Medalists  Trace DePass and Aylen Mercado used the people around them, the neighborhoods they live in, and the harsh reality for many minorities in the United States as the inspiration for their portfolios. Their words and images shed light on aspects of American life that are often kept out of the news and sometimes thought of as problems that many believe don’t affect them directly. Trace and Aylen decided to confront these issues head-on, making powerful statements through their work.  Read More

Students at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s monthly Art Club series where students connect with their peers to talk inspirations, sketch prompts, and ways to be their best creative selves.

Students at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s monthly Art Club series where students connect with their peers to talk inspirations, sketch prompts, and ways to be their best creative selves.

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 Northeast Indiana/Northwest Ohio Scholastic Art & Writing Regions, which are overseen by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Here’s what the staff at FWMoA had to say about Awards activity in their region:

The Northeast Indiana/Northwest Ohio Scholastic local program gains momentum each year. The FWMoA region is one of only 26 Scholastic Programs in the country to offer the full Art & Writing Program, giving more than 4,000 students in 52 counties the opportunity to compete in this prestigious program. Year after year, the students in our program go on to receive numerous National Medals–54 in 2015!
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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

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