Spring is here and with it, an opportunity to click and shoot with the pros at the International Center of Photography’s Teen Academy! NYC-area teen photographers, you have until tomorrow, Friday March 29, to sign up for these classes that begin mid-April and run through June. For film buffs: ICP Teen Academy is one of the few remaining photography schools in which you use real film and have access to a darkroom to develop your photos! Scholarships may still be available (http://www.icp.org/sites/default/files/exhibition_pdfs/icp_teen_scholarship_application_s13.pdf) but you must act fast!

Still from the documentary When I Walk by 2011 Scholastic Awards Juror Jason DaSilva

In 2011, documentary filmmaker Jason DaSilva helped choose the National Gold and Silver Medalists in the Film category as one of our many remarkable jurors that year. Five years earlier, at the age of 25, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after suffering from a bad fall while at the beach with his family. Doctors told him that the disease could lead to loss of vision, muscle control, and many other problems over the years. But that didn’t stop Jason from pursuing his love of making films and working with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to recognize and encourage talented young filmmakers. In fact, he created a documentary about his affliction and the incredible things he encountered along the way. The film, When I Walk, is being shown this week in Utah 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and is a true inspiration. Read More

From Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog. By Anne Sparkman.

Sarah Devlin is a talented filmmaker from New Orleans who took home the Gold in the 2012 Scholastic Awards – and a $10,000 scholarship – for her portfolio of films. They range from music videos to documentaries, from English to French!

A personal favorite among her videos is Writer’s Block. When I spoke to her about it she revealed she was only 14 when she made it – 14, do you believe it?

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Yes, the autumn leaves are falling here in New York, but if you’re an aspiring high school filmmaker, photographer, dancer, jazz artist or simply multi-talented, this is the season to spring into action! Future Artists of the New York City area (that includes all boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey, Connecticut…you get it, as long as your distance from NYC is “commutable”) are invited to attend an open house at NYU Tisch on September 22, 2012. If you can’t make it, read all about it and apply here for one of the five fabulous free programs that will take place on Saturdays from February to May 2013.  Don’t dilly-dally—the deadline is October 15! For more information, please visit http://students.tisch.nyu.edu/object/futureartists.html.

A scene from Beasts of the Southern Wild. Photo Credit: Cinereach

When Michael Raisler put together his Gold Medal-winning Art Portfolio for the 2003 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, he wanted to share his belief in mankind’s ability to change the world for the better and also his fear of losing that belief. He wrote, “I am trying desperately to believe that communication still exists, that people’s minds can be changed, and that hate can be conquered.” Over time many adults give up on trying to change the world…that is partly what Rings I Can’t Reach represents for me, this idealism that is always present in my life, but seems to be gradually slipping away.” Read More

Primary Role: As Manager of National Programs, Rebecca is responsible for many aspects of the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program, including student and teacher customer service, writing adjudication, student and teacher notification, and national events. Rebecca also manages the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), a partnership between the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services honoring youth poets whose original work exhibits exceptional creativity, promise, and dedication to the craft.

Secret Fact: Rebecca grew up in London, England where she lived with her family until she was 14.

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