2013 National Celebration

Live-tweet the Awards using #AWawards

We hope you’re psyched and ready for the 90th National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony at the end of this week! Before, during, and after this milestone event, we want to hear what all of you are saying and see what you’re up to. Let us know how you’re celebrating the Awards by posting to our Facebook page or tweeting at @artandwriting using the hashtag #AWawards. Your tweets will show up on our Webcast page, where we’ll be broadcasting our ceremony LIVE this year on May 31 at 6pm ET / 3pm PT!

Share your NYC experience using #AWLandmarks

If you’re joining us in New York City this Friday and Saturday, share pictures of yourself in spots all over the city using the hashtag #AWLandmarks on Instagram (don’t forget to follow us!). Read More

Page of Winners

Scholastic Awards winners from the 1920s!

While this year’s Gold and Silver Medals (and Keys!) are still shiny, and the artists and writers who earned them float on cloud nine, we can be sure of one enduring fact: the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have delivered this kind of validation to creative teens for 90 amazing years! To celebrate this milestone, we dug into our vast archives and turned to esteemed colleague Bryan Doerries to tell the story that started in 1923 with just 7 submissions and is now the largest, most prestigious awards program in the U.S. Here’s a sneak peek at The Great Encouragement with Bryan as your guide!

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Earth Without Art cropped

We want to know! In celebration of the Scholastic Awards’ 90th anniversary year, we’re asking all of you to tell us why art and writing are important in your life. Give us your opinion here, and you could win a FREE copy of our 90th anniversary book, The Great Encouragementwhich provides an in-depth look into the incredible 90-year history of the Awards and the students who have made it what it is today. You can also get a copy of The Great Encouragement by making a donation here to support the work of the Awards.

It’s hard for us to imagine a world without art and writing. They both bring out creativity like few other activities. In fact, Scholastic Awards founder Maurice R. Robinson once said that teens who produce art and writing are “acquiring something infinitely valuable – a feeling for beauty, which will color their entire lives, and the lives of those about them. There lies the great encouragement.” (Foreword to Saplings. Scholastic Publishing Company, 1928, and featured in The Great Encouragement).

We all have individual reasons for expressing ourselves creatively through art and writing, and that’s what makes each act of expression so special and unique. So tell us, why do you create or appreciate?

Enter to win a copy of The Great Encouragement now.

1942 Scholastic National High School Art Exhibition Catalog

1942 Scholastic National High School Art Exhibition Catalog, featuring Philip Pearlstein‘s award winning oil painting.

Guest blogger Haley Richardson is the Archivist for the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. She spends her days sorting through historical documents, photos of past Award recipients, and other unique archival materials to help organize and document the historical legacy of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She will be highlighting her favorite materials from the collection each month!

Far below the sunny and bustling SoHo offices of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, behind the Scholastic copy center and across the hall from the aged vending machines, is the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Archives Office. Filing cabinets and flat files are filled with Award-winning student writing and artwork, photographs of art exhibitions and awards ceremonies, and unique artifacts representing our 90-year legacy.
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On Wednesday, friends and supporters of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards gathered at our national office in NYC to kick-off our 90th anniversary, to celebrate our collected history, and to officially launch our new publication, The Great Encouragement by Bryan Doerries. Over the past 90 years, the Scholastic Awards have recognized millions of teens for their creative achievements. This unique publication, with cover art by alum Winston Chmielinksi (’06), follows the Scholastic Awards from their  beginnings in 1923 to the creation of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers through today’s Awards, which receive over 230,000 submissions nationwide and offer over $8 million in annual scholarships.
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