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

2012 ASAP Award winner Rafil Hughes' artwork from the Morean Arts Center for Clay

Rafil Hughes didn’t have to travel far this summer to have an out-of-this-world art experience. The 8th-grader won a Gold Key Award from the Pinellas County Art Region and earned an Alliance Summer Arts Program (ASAP) Award that allowed him to learn about and create ceramics at the finest and largest pottery in the Southeastern United States: St. Petersburg’s own Morean Arts Center for Clay.

“It’s a great experience,” Rafil tells us, “learning a wide variety of skills: how to work with clay in many forms, mastering hand building, pottery, and painting techniques.” Read More

Rachel Youn. Cockatiels on the Coast. Grade 11, Age 17. 2012 Silver Medal and ASAP Award winner, Drawing.

The ASAP (Alliance Summer Arts Program) Awards are now in full swing, and we’re delighted to report that more than 80 students will attend 38 summer art and writing intensives in 15 different states. Across the country, from Maine to the Pacific, these talented 13- to 17-year-olds will be delving into disciplines from Performance Art to Playwriting; from Darkroom Photography to Sustainable Interior Design.

“We debuted our Teen Summer Art Program this summer for talented youth just like this ASAP Award recipient,” said Riverside Art Museum Executive Director Drew Oberjuerge. “With one in six jobs in Southern California now in the creative industries, it is essential that youth receive arts education classes so that they can reach their full potential. We are excited to see what [he] accomplishes.” Read More