Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumnus and fashion designer Zac Posen presented the Arts Education Award to Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, at Americans for the Arts' annual National Arts Awards. (Photo courtesy of Americans for the Arts)

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumnus and fashion designer Zac Posen presented the Arts Education Award to Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, at Americans for the Arts’ annual National Arts Awards. Photo courtesy of Americans for the Arts.

On October 22, 2018, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, was honored with the Arts Education Award from Americans for the Arts at the annual National Arts Awards.
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We’re pleased to announce that multimedia installation artist Kenseth Armstead will serve as a juror for the Alumni Microgrant Program! Read More

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GOLDEN Educators Geeta Dave, Kevin Kelly, and Brian Payne attend a technical session during their residency.

GOLDEN Educators Geeta Dave, Kevin Kelly, and Brian Payne attend a technical session during their residency.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, in partnership with Golden Artist Colors, offers three educators whose students received Scholastic Awards at the regional or national level the chance to spend two-weeks in upstate New York at a painting residency. During the residency, the educators participated in technical demonstrations, took lessons on techniques, and of course, spent time painting! We asked each of this year’s residents how the residency impacted them and their painting practice. Here’s what they had to say:

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LUCIE COOPER, Contemplation with Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 10, Age 15, Power APAC School, Jackson, MS

LUCIE COOPER, Contemplation with Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 10, Age 15, Power APAC School, Jackson, MS

Three years ago, the Alumni Council of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards created a residency for Alumni. A Suite of One’s Own: A Writer’s Residency at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in the heart of New York City was created to give the gift of time and space for a writer in need of a retreat from, in the words of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards founder Maurice R. Robinson, “the standardizing pressure of adult life.” This year, two Alumnae, Olga Rukovets and Shannelle Mills, participated in the residency. Here’s what they had to say about their time at The Roosevelt Hotel:

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Photograph by Max Mikulecky

Photograph by Max Mikulecky

Since 2016, the Alumni Council of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has presented creative alumni with microgrants to help them pursue a creative endeavor. This year, six alumni were selected to receive microgrants for projects ranging from finishing an artist’s book to sharing personal poetry at a convention. Read on to see what our alumni have been up to!

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Call_for_Submission_2019Every year during the summer, we take a moment to reflect on the past program year of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. We have a wealth of successes and milestones to celebrate, such as another record year of submissions and the formation of new partnerships. At the same time, we look to improve. We conducted a review of our process and policies, and solicited feedback from staff, Affiliates, students, educators, parents, jurors, alumni, funders, and others, in order to make thoughtful updates to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In doing so, we hope to enhance the experience of our students and educators, and broaden the opportunities available through increased awareness and scholarship offerings.

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