Katie Yee
When the time comes to process Region-at-Large submissions, we bring in a small team of interns to help with the task. And this is no small task! Region-at-Large is where you submit your work if you don’t have a local affiliate program, and we saw some great art and writing being entered this year! Katherine Yee is an Awards alum and came back to join us for a second year of submission processing! Of the task, Katie says:

“In these past few weeks, I’ve handled countless submissions. The Alliance says there are more coming in every year. Although it might seem intimidating at first, the sheer volume of people who probably dream of doing the same things you do, you realize it’s less of a competitive environment and more of a community. It’s inspiring, really, that so many students express themselves so creatively and are brave enough to put their work into the world.”

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In front of the NYCPF2013 official banner on my way in to the festival!!

In front of the NYCPF 2013 official banner on my way in to the festival!!

Hi! National Student Poet Claire Lee here. I hope everyone’s been having fun this summer and staying cool! I’m working with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers this summer and will be running a weekly blog called Poets on Poets—each week, I’ll be interviewing the other four 2012 National Student Poets Miles, Natalie, Lylla, and Luisa and writing about their year as poetry ambassadors! Anyhow, just wanted to share what I’ve been doing so far this summer, now that my term as a Student Poet is slowly coming to an end—no worries though, I’ll be a National Student Poet Emeritus in the fall—(hello there, two years of mandatory Latin.)

For those who are unfamiliar, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services have partnered with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to present the National Students Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. Five National Student Poets each represent a different region of the country and are selected through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. I’m the current Student Poet of the Northeast Region and hail from New York City!

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An audience eagerly waits for Act 1 of Scholastic Awards alum Danna Hargett’s The Importance of Being Earnest to begin in the living room.

An audience eagerly waits for Act 1 of Scholastic Awards alum Danna Hargett’s production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest to begin in the living room.

It’s not exactly shocking to learn that Scholastic Art & Writing Award alums continue to be imaginative and innovative beyond our program—but we recently found one, through our LinkedIn Alumni Group who is “Wilde”-ly creative! We sent young cub reporter, intern and alum Ashley Zhou, to attend Danna Hargett’s unique production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Here’s her report:

“And how did you get in here, dear sir?” Algernon Moncrieff asks a giggling member of the audience.

“I believe your butler let me in,” he replies.

“Is that so? Lane! We must have a talk.”
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Many of us who work at the Scholastic Awards are artists and writers, including our interns! We’re proud to announce that artist Sazia Afrin will have three works on display in a NYC gallery starting tomorrow. Sazia, who has been working with us for two years, is also a fine arts student at Queens College and noticed a call for paintings by BLVCK SOVL Gallery, a pop-up gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Go Sazia!

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Here at the national office, we’ve been very busy processing Northeast Art Region-at-Large submissions, and are currently working with a group of exceptional artists (some of whom are past Scholastic Award winners) to adjudicate all the works we’ve received. We feel very grateful for all of the interns who’ve been helping us throughout the process. All of them are artists and writers too! Here’s what some of them have to say about their experience working here:

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Sophie Friedman-Pappas. Uncertainty. 2011 Gold Medal, Painting.

Sophie Friedman-Pappas applied her Award-winning artistic skills to a fascinating internship this fall. Teen artists and writers take note: According to Sophie, an internship can deepen your creative perspective! Read on to learn about Sophie’s approach to art and her internship at New York City’s Educational Alliance.

When did you first become interested in art and painting? Growing up, I was exposed to art galleries and openings because my mother was a painter. Due to my early experiences with the art world, my work originally consisted of drawings of fairies and dragons.

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