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By Alana Benoit, Manager of National Programs

For the first time ever, in celebration of our 90th Anniversary, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will webcast the 2013 National Awards Ceremony LIVE from Carnegie Hall on May 31 at 6:00 p.m. EST/3:00 p.m. PST. That means YOU can join in! We’re working hard to make this event extra special for everyone, including those who are unable to be at Carnegie Hall. We’re broadcasting this event with all of you in mind!

On May 31, we will be joined by special guests Sarah Jessica Parker and Zac Posen to honor National Awards winners from across the country; recognizing their achievement and the commitment of teachers, friends and supporters that help make the Awards possible. We hope you’ll share this incredible moment with us by watching the Ceremony on our Webcast page. Read More

Are you curious about how to use your art to change the world? Are there causes you care about that cry out for a fresh and creative approach? For the next week—from April 8 through the 15th , the Gallatin Arts Festival at NYU invites you to explore these ideas and see what young artists, playwrights, and musicians like you are doing. On April 9, for instance, catch the film “A Bird and a Bolt,” about visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, or fasten your seat belt as you see freshman Connor Sedlacek and his team turn the video game Minecraft into a myth-like play! This amazing array of events are all FREE–all you need is reservations. Check out their Facebook page or view this video to see some of the highlights. Enjoy—and let us know what you think!

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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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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Florence Ma. The Writer's Cage. Grade 12, Age 17. 2012 Gold Medal, Drawing.

What makes a great writer? Great writing evokes emotion, sparks an idea, and provides new perspective.

In Looking to Write, Writing to Look, art educators Barbara Bassett and Rebecca Mitchell of the Philadelphia Museum of Art believe that:

“Great writers are great observers. They consider the world around them, notice overlooked details, and make connections. Looking carefully at art helps us to develop these observation skills. Art encourages us to slow down, look closely, and reflect on what we see. When we accept this invitation, we are rewarded with new thoughts and perspectives. These ideas and insights provide rich material for writing.”  Read More

…lies an equally interesting tale!

When you look closely at a favorite portrait or landscape, have you ever imagined the story behind it? What the characters would tell you if they could speak? What the artist had in mind when he or she chose that particular view?

Playwright Paul Durcan did, and he created Give Me Your Hand, a theatrical experience that is currently showing at New York’s Irish Repertory Theater through April 1. Read More