This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog. By Brittany Sullivan.

port goldsWhat a whirlwind of a weekend! In case you missed it, this weekend was dedicated to celebrating the amazingly talented national Award-winning students in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12We had the honor of meeting over 800 wonderful young artists and writers who traveled to New York City from all across the country with their teachers and families. These students inspire us every single day with their fearless drive to break boundaries and make waves with their creative talents. To honor them and their accomplishments, the 2014 National Celebration was jam-packed with exciting events and special features hosted throughout the city. Read More

hashtagThe 2014 National Events kicked off with the Scholastic Awards and the Hive Learning Network NYC’s Maker Prom, where we saw you dancing, creating and meeting new friends! Friday, June 6 we honored you at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in the electrifying National Ceremony with guests Nick Cannon, David Strathairn, Zac Posen, and 2014 Alumni Achievement Award honoree Kay WalkingStick. We ended the celebration with the Saturday Student Showcase at the Art.Write.Now National Exhibition where you read your work, listened to our Portfolio Medalists talk about their process and inspiration, along with a day full of activities and the Gold Medal art and writing created by our talented 2014 National Medalists.

Of course, we cannot forget about our partnership with Colossal Media, who hand painted a 6 story mural of Steven Paul’s 2014 Gold Medal photograph, Lost Time. You can still see the #AWawards billboard at 111 Broadway in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

You can also catch the Art.Write.Now National Exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 14!

Check out all of the social media posts from the weekend below! Read More

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Join Kay WalkingStick and the 2014 National Medalists at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony LIVE from Carnegie Hall.

With more than 255,000 submissions of original art and writing, the 2014 Scholastic Awards attracted more participants than ever before! To celebrate the achievements of these young artists and writers, National Medalists will be honored at the world-famous Carnegie Hall for our National Ceremony on June 6! Read More