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

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When the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began in 1923, the works were adjudicated based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. While ‘yes’ and ‘no’ paddles used to be a part of the process, jurors today have a slightly different experience, though those three criteria remain. The Scholastic Awards also practice blind adjudication, where no identifying information of the student is given to ensure fair and unbiased decisions. The freedom of expression, and the freedom to explore any and all topics, also remains at the core of the Awards. There are no pre-defined prompts and no work is ever disqualified from the Scholastic Awards because of the nature of its content.

Next week, luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of who are past Awards recipients, will join us to jury the 2015 Gold Key works and we can’t wait to keep you updated! For now, join us in a look back at the adjudication process and take a look at our timeline for a look at past jurors. Read More

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When the time comes to process Region-at-Large submissions, we bring in a small team of interns to help with the task. And this is no small task! Region-at-Large is where you submit your work if you don’t have a local affiliate program, and we saw some great art and writing being entered this year! Katherine Yee is an Awards alum and came back to join us for a second year of submission processing! Of the task, Katie says:

“In these past few weeks, I’ve handled countless submissions. The Alliance says there are more coming in every year. Although it might seem intimidating at first, the sheer volume of people who probably dream of doing the same things you do, you realize it’s less of a competitive environment and more of a community. It’s inspiring, really, that so many students express themselves so creatively and are brave enough to put their work into the world.”

Read on to hear more about Katie and her time here at the Alliance! Read More

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The official traveling exhibition of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is coming back to the East Coast! The Art.Write.Now.Tour 2014-2015 opens at the Catskills Art Society on February 21! More than 100 pieces of art and writing, plus the complete works of the five National Student Poets, are available for all visitors to see, read and experience. 

The Art.Write.Now.Tour, now in it’s fifth year, is an important part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as it not only shares the bold and original works of our nation’s most creative teens, but it also inspires other students to express their talent and for adults to spread the word to teens in their lives. The 2014-15 Tour was curated by notable artist Kay WalkingStick, an alumna of the 1948 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  In her curatoratorial statement, Kay notes that, “The truly wonderful thing about these artworks is the overall sense of joy in them. They are all so intelligent, mature, and sophisticated—and many of them are very witty as well. I applaud these young people for their achievement.” Read More

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The Scholastic Awards national office is dedicated to growing local affiliate programs across the country, and we are grateful for our long-standing local affiliates who have built strong programs that recognize the talents of creative teens in their communities. The Miami Valley Art Region in Ohio is dedicated to recognizing, showcasing and exhibiting their region’s young artists. We were lucky to catch up with Rebecca Sargent, TEJAS Director, to hear about what’s new in the Miami Valley region, and they’re up to a lot!

Read on to learn more about the Miami Valley Art Region, and  if you are an artist in the region, you can still submit your artwork to the Awards! The deadline for all Miami Valley art submissions is this Friday, January 9, 2015. Read More