ASAP Awardee Erika Harper working on a sculpture with Stiller Zusman

Way up in Western New York, nestled between great gorges and the campus of Cornell University, the Abovoagogo Gallery and teaching studio is a hive of purposeful creativity in downtown Ithaca. At its center, Stiller Zusman makes art and offers classes all year long—and this summer she welcomed ASAP Awardee Erika Harper to join her creative community. Read More

Interlochen Arts Academy, one of the nation’s finest arts boarding schools, celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year and has been touring the country to celebrate! Where better to make its final stop than the core of the art world, home to dozens of the world’s top galleries, New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood? Check it out for yourself!

This Saturday, November 17, from 12:30 to 9 PM, you’re invited to the Helen Mills Theater to see 70 pieces of student artwork in a wide variety of genres, meet current students, arts faculty and alums, and learn about Interlochen’s summer and school year programs.

Best of all, admission is FREE!

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By Adam Ali, 2012 Gold Key winner and ASAP Award recipient

Adam Ali, a rising senior from Chicago, IL, will be the first to tell you he’s a city boy. Yet this young photographer is keen to show others neither soaring skylines nor the picture-postcard views his commercial peers capture. Instead, Adam uses his lens to highlight little-noticed aspects of urban environments.

I’d like the viewers to notice what they usually ignore,” he says, “To be reminded of what they’ve abandoned.” Read More

Nick Espinosa at work. Photo Credit: Danny Guy

Ordinary things in weird situations,” explains Nicholas Espinosa, pointing at his Scholastic Award-winning sculpture. That’s how “Xanthous,” (Greek for yellow) came to be: but it was just the beginning of Nick’s summer adventure.

“It’s a regular fire hydrant, but it’s twisted up as if it’s going to take off into the air,” notes Espinosa, a rising junior at Coral Reef High School in Miami. And take off it did, lifting him up and transporting him cross-country from South Florida to spend three weeks making art at Interlochen Arts Camp in rural Michigan! Read More

Fabulous skirt and umbrella made from Asian magazines, by 2012 ASAP Award winner Zoe Rodriguez.

Guest post by Alliance staffer Lisa Feder-Feitel

Last summer at this time, Zoe Rodriguez spoke almost no English. Newly arrived with her family from Venezuela, she enrolled at Cincinnati’s Kings High School as an ESL student. Very soon, Zoe’s art teacher Kelly Shields discovered that Zoe was also a very talented photographer. That discovery—and a commitment to help her new student practice English—was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

“Ms. Shields is more than my teacher,” explained Zoe, as she showed Mariana (Manager of Affiliate Services) and me around the Illustration and Design Summer Intensives show at Parsons The New School for Design. “She is my friend.”

Zoe and Ms. Shields teamed up to make sure that this rising senior submitted her work to the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, where Zoe earned not only a Gold Key for her photograph “pelirroja“, but also a coveted ASAP Award to attend a four-week program in the heart of Greenwich Village—her first time in the Big Apple. Read More

Noah Miller (left) meets poet Matthew Zapruder.

We’re starting to think that Noah Miller’s glasses are made of more than metal and refracted glass. Whether he is creating a stop-animation short of himself playing “The Flight of the Bumblebee,” designing a Gold Key winning video game, or capturing his urban neighborhood in a poem titled “Manhappenstance,” Noah has a singular way of seeing the world—and sharing it with us.

Miller, a 16-year-old rising junior and 2012 ASAP Award winner, attended the Juniper Institute for Young Writers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst this summer. This weeklong workshop is nothing if not intense—and Noah made the most of it.

“Classes were free-form and productive,” he says. Read More