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!



Timothy H. Lee at work in his studio. Image courtesy of the artist.

We are happy to launch the first feature in our Alumni Story series. Every month we will highlight a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumnus who continues to approach their work and day-to-day life with the creative passion that was recognized when they first received their Scholastic Awards.

Timothy H. Lee received his Scholastic Awards in 2006 and 2008, and later received Educator Awards for his work with art students in the New York City area. A Korean-born New York-raised artist, Timothy studied Neuroscience, Drawing and Biology when he attended Wesleyan University. After graduating with high honors, he decided to postpone his medical ambitions in favor of becoming a full-time studio artist, and an Art.Write.Now.POP UP resident.

We could tell you all about Timothy’s beautiful watercolor pieces and the hypnotic process involved in the intricate cutouts that adorn his pieces, but we’ll let him tell you all about it instead! Read More

It has been a fast and furious month! We’ve seen an outpouring of support and cannot thank you enough for donating and sharing our campaign to raise $50K by December 2!

Today is #GivingTuesday and the last day of our fundraising campaign! Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We have one last push to raise our goal by midnight, 12/2.

We need YOU to help us raise $50K by midnight! Read More


Collecting #myAWaward videos from alumni and friends of the program has been an absolute joy for us here at the Alliance. Every day, we learn more about the reach and impact of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! We’ve been humbled and inspired to work even harder and find more creative teens. And now you’re totally inspired too. Yes. You.  You with the Gold Key pin. A certificate. The memory of you becoming suddenly and inextricably changed. Read More

On Monday, we announced an ambitious month-long campaign to reach $50,000 for our FIRST Crowdrise campaign by December 2!  In just two days, we’ve seen alumni and friends of the program donate, share our campaign, and encourage their colleagues, friends, family and educators to give to the Alliance so we can continue offering the highest quality programming for teenagers and alumni for years to come. It has been great to take this opportunity to share a little bit more about us and what drives us every day.

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For the first time, we are launching an online annual appeal to raise support for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards through Crowdrise. We are setting a big $50,000 goal and need your help to reach the top by December 2! In October, we called out to alumni and friends of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to submit a short video sharing: what did your Scholastic Art & Writing Award mean to you as a teenager? or, why are the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards important to teenagers?

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