Photo credit: Barbara P. Fernandez for The New York Times

Guest blog post by Haris Durrani, Editor, The Best Teen Writing of 2012

Last week, I ventured across the river to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The National Book Foundation-funded series at BAMcafé, Eat, Drink, and Be Literary, welcomed Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat to read and talk about her work, and the series’ publicity team graciously invited me.

Ms. Danticat is not only a recipient of numerous writing awards, but a special friend of the Alliance. In 1997, she wrote a letter of encouragement to young writers now on display in our lobby at 557 Broadway —stop by to read it! This year, she served as a National Writing Juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. But what made my visit to Brooklyn more magical? Just a few weeks ago, Danticat generously agreed to write the Foreword for The Best Teen Writing of 2012, of which I am the Editor—and I couldn’t wait to meet her in person! Read More

Horace Liveright

Horace Liveright (December 10, 1883 – September 24, 1933) was the founder of the Modern Library and Boni & Liveright Publishers. He was also the Scholastic Awards’ very first juror! Today, on the anniversary of his death, we celebrate his life and his contribution to the awards that are still around almost 90 years later.
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Tar Beach (Part I from the Woman on a Bridge series), 1988. Acrylic on canvas, bordered with printed, painted, quilted, and pieced cloth. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Artist Faith Ringgold is a professor, children’s book author and illustrator, and best known for her painted story quilts. She also helped choose the 2011 Art Portfolio Gold medalists as one of our 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards jurors.

Faith Ringgold was born and raised in Harlem, NY. Her work with fabric and quilts was initially influenced by her mother, who was a fashion designer. View the video below to hear Faith speak about the quilt as an art form.
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Photo Credit: Austin Irving

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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Wangechi Mutu, Flora Hanitijo. © Art21, Inc.

We were thrilled to have Wangechi Mutu as an Art Portfolio judge this year. The  following post originally appeared on the Art21 Blog on February 21, 2011 by Guest Blogger Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator & Writer, Chicago.

“I’m really trying to pay homage to the notion of the sublime and the abject together and using the aesthetic of rejection, or poverty, or wretchedness as a tool to talk about things that are transcendent and hopeful.” (Aimée Reed, “Interview with Wangechi Mutu,” Daily Serving, Apr. 12, 2010)

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Tony Hawk

This year, we were lucky to have Tony Hawk as a judge for the Video Game Design category of the Scholastic Awards. Tony brought enthusiasm and expertise to an already exciting award. Click through to hear what Tony has to say about creativity and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
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