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Inaugural National Student Poet and Northeast Representative, Claire Lee, returns to the AYAW blog to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets for her “Poets on Poets” series.

This week’s interview is with National Student Poet and West Representative, Nathan Cummings!

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2This post originally appeared on the Mattress Factory Blog.

Have you read the MF Blog interviews with “Circus + Activism” workshop leader Ben Sota? The class is an amazing opportunity for students ages 14-18 who are interested in learning all about performance art and activism, or might be building their portfolios. We are now celebrating this one-time-only workshop with a Scholarship Giveaway!

This class, offered July 21 to August 8, will look at how site-specific performance and activism intersects with installation art. Students will study circus, physical theater, clowning without borders, circus activism and have a real-life theater experience by performing at sites located within Pittsburgh’s Northside community. The class will be inspired by artists exhibiting at the Mattress Factory, and students will be given the opportunity to experience and participate in scenic design, sound design and costume design as they form their own socially minded circus.

From now until Friday, July 11 at 5 p.m. Mattress Factory Fans can enter to win a full scholarship to this one-of-a-kind workshop. Classes are held 1-4 p.m. July 21 to August 8. Email promotions@mattress.org with your name, age and email address, and a response to the question:
           
Why do you want to spend your summer at the Mattress Factory?

The winner will be randomly selected from amongst all eligible entries on Friday, July 11 and notified by Monday, July 13, 2014. You must provide full address contact information, along with a valid email address, to be eligible to win. To be eligible to win, you must be between 14-18 years of age and be able to provide your own transportation.

Silent Messenger ~ Raven- Wyoming black granite ~ 12Óh x 60Ów x 30Ód Sarcophagus- Colorado red sandstone ~ 14Óh x 70Ów x 40Ód Collection of National Museum of Wildlife Art

Silent Messenger. Raven- Wyoming black granite, Sarcophagus- Colorado red sandstone. Collection of National Museum of Wildlife Art, photo via stevekestrel.com

Can art change the world? Artist Steve Kestrel, who works with found stone in Northern Colorado, certainly hopes so. For his sculpture, Silent Messenger, Kestrel sculpted a six-foot long sarcophagus from Colorado sandstone and placed a giant black granite raven, lying on its back, within it. Currently on view at Wyoming’s National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, it sends a chilling message.

“I usually celebrate the earth’s flora and fauna in my work,” Kestrel explains. But this time he wanted to pose a challenge: “In the next century, will our societies and artists celebrate the remaining wildlife or mourn their passing?”

Wyoming writer Cate Cabot thought that this sculpture held a potent message not just for adults, but for students throughout Wyoming, so she designed The Messenger: Silent No More Project. This spring the project began with field trips to see Silent Messenger that carried back to their classrooms. Read More

_MG_2915This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog. By Brittany Sullivan.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice… Or win a National Scholastic Art & Writing Award!

This week, more than 800 students with their families and teachers, representing a total of 47 states, will travel to New York City to celebrate the national winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awardsduring National Celebrations, hosted by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. We were absolutely blown away by the outstanding talent of this year’s national winners (check out ourrecent feature on this year’s Portfolio Gold Medal artists) and what better way to honor them for their incredible accomplishments than with a special ceremony at iconic Carnegie Hall?

This year’s Carnegie Hall ceremony will feature special addresses by entertainer Nick Cannon, Emmy® Award–winning actor David Strathairn and artist Kay WalkingStick, who will receive the program’s Alumni Achievement Award. “It is important for kids today to have the freedom to express themselves and build confidence,” said Nick Cannon. “The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards empower students, giving them an outlet to show their passion for the arts and grow their individual talent. As a creative professional myself, I am inspired by each and every one of these students.” Be sure to join the live webcast on June 6! Read More

This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog. By Brittany Sullivan.

Tyra AThe 91st annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Celebration is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate some of the most outstanding young artists and writers from all across the country. On Friday, June 6, national Scholastic Art & Writing Award-winning students will be honored during the National Awards Ceremony, live-webcasted from the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Since the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced the 2014 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners in March, we have had the privilege of getting to know some of these talented teens, including the Art Portfolio Gold Medal Award recipients. This year, 16 high school seniors received the Portfolio Gold Medal Award, the highest Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honor, which includes a $10,000 cash scholarship. After their big win, the Portfolio Gold Medalists have made television appearances, been featured in local papers and done radio interviews to discuss their award and what it took to get on the path to Carnegie Hall.

Before the National Celebration kicks-off in New York City next week, we wanted to give you a glimpse into the creative minds of the eight Portfolio Gold Medal artists. From vital organs made out of fabric to quirky self-portraits and even intricate pencil shavings sculptures, these eight teens are sure to impress you with their incredible talent, undeniable creativity and bold personalities. Read More

Winter Tangerine Review, Volume 1

Winter Tangerine Review, Volume 1

To kick off summer, Winter Tangerine Review will be holding a poetry reading at the Poets House as part of its “Poets in NYC” Summer Reading Series! Winter Tangerine Review is a print literary & arts journal founded by Yasmin Belkhyr, an eight-time Scholastic medalist and student in NYC. WTR is dedicated to publishing evocative, electric poetry, prose, dramatic writing, visual art and short films.

The event will feature National Student Poet Sojourner Ahebee, three-time medalist Alexa Derman, Gold Senior Portfolio winners Jackson Trice and Hanel Baveja, and poets Shinji Moon, Melissa Cundieff-Pexa, Rebecca Kerr, Sarah LeWarn, and Gabriel Cabera.

There will be amazing poetry, hummus, guacamole, cookies, and a killer view of the Hudson River. The event will be at the NYC Poets House (10 River Terrace New York, NY, 10282) on June 7th from 6:30PM-8:30PM.

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