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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You might recognize Waris Alhuwalia from his appearances in the Wes Anderson films The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Or, you might be familiar his jewelry line, HOUSE OF WARIS. Here at the Alliance, we know him as one the fantastic jurors of our 2011 American Visions award.
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Ian Boone Timothy won three national gold medals for his stop motion animated episodes, Beaver Creek. His first video camera and early visits to the zoo were just the beginning of his budding career as an animator. Ian’s early success in film and animation came at just fourteen, when he won the AT&T Virtual Science Challenge for a scientific video about beavers. Continuing with the beaver theme, he created the stop motion animation series Beaver Creek, a humorous take on modern life through the perspective of two main characters, Twigs the Beaver and Drake the Duck. Read More

If he could describe his art in a single word, he would say: “Grape.” If he could have a superpower, he would want to be like a hydra so that he could have two heads and sing while simultaneously playing the melodica. Meet our guest blogger and Brooklyn native Joshua Krieble, a young filmmaker whose Landscapes within Landscapes won a 2010 National Gold Medal. In addition to film, Joshua also won a Gold Medal in video game design (“The Walls”) and a Silver Medal for Poetry (“6.796 Billion Tiny Shapes”).

JOSHUA KRIEBLE: I got the idea for Landscapes within Landscapes when my film teacher told me to film something in five minutes. Read More


Concept artists work across diverse industries – automotive, video games, animation, theater, movies and toys – to bring ideas to life. Recently, Senior Concept Artist Chris Bourassa at Vancouver-based Propaganda Games shared some of his tips for emerging artists interested in working on concept art for video games and film. Read More

Author and Scholastic Writing Award alumnus Ned Vizzini’s first novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, is being adapted into a movie by Focus Features and will be released this October. The story is inspired by events in the author’s own life.

ONE READER ASKED: Can writers choose the actors who appear in movies about their books? Did you get to choose the actor who plays you in your movie?

NED SAID: No, writers do not get to choose the actors who appear in films based on their books. Those decisions are made by a casting director, whose name you see in the credits of the film — and that’s okay! It’s the writer’s job to write a good book. It’s the casting director’s job to pick the best cast. Read More