scholasticAlliance20150611_0796When we introduced the first-ever “Maker Prom” during our National Events in NYC in 2014, we had no idea just how successful it would be. So it was a given that we would have to bring it back for National Events 2015! Hundreds of National Medalists attended Maker Prom in June, which was held in the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Students had the opportunity to dance, make new friends, and create cool stuff! Read More

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The National Student Poets, Class of 2014, take a bow on-stage at Carnegie Hall.

The National Student Poets Class of 2014’s year of service is coming to an end—although it feels like just yesterday that they met in Washington, D.C. for their appointment events at the White House, where they read their work for the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Somehow, the months in their year of service flew by, past the Dodge Poetry Festival in October and National Poetry Month events throughout April. But there was a brief pause for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Events in NYC at the beginning of June, followed swiftly by an amazing stop in Aspen, Colorado, for the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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National Events The Scholastic Awards National Events gets better and better each year! We started this year off with a Social Media Scavenger Hunt where we asked students to start posting pictures with the hashtag #goldkey as soon as they left home for New York City. During check-in, students and educators posted messages thanking those who helped them with their art and writing and made the trip to New York possible. June 11 was the big day: the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall! This year’s Ceremony was like no other, with wonderful special guests such as Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Morrison, Chelsea Clinton, Michelle Tan from Seventeen magazine, 2015 Alumni Achievement Honoree Donald Lipski, artist Tom Otterness, poet Vijay Seshadri, and YouTube personality JennXPenn. All the while, students and educators to kept tweeting, Instagramming, Facebooking, and Tumbling throughout the events, so all of social media was on fire with posts about the 2015 National Ceremony! Read More

IMG_17491The National Events season of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards kicked off in New York City on Friday, June 5, with an opening reception for the Art.Write.Now.2015 National Exhibition, which runs through June 14 at Parsons School for design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery.  This coming week will be filled with many more great events and activities to celebrate the 2015 National Medalists!
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The 2013 Class of National Student Poets (from the left: Nathan Cummings; Louis Lafair; Michaela Coplen; Sojourner Ahebee; Aline Dolinh) enjoy their time in New York City for the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Events.

We are still reeling from a dynamic and rich Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Events week in New York City! During the Events, the 2013 Class of National Student Poets led workshops with third and fourth graders at Harlem Academy, walked across Carnegie Hall’s legendary stage and presented their community service projects with passion at the Saturday Student Showcase at the Art.Write.Now.2014 National Exhibition, which took place at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons the New School for Design and Pratt Manhattan Gallery.  These exhibitions featured over 1,000 visual and literary award-winning works from students in grades 7 through 12. This week, the National Student Poets will join other accomplished youth poets at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO! Read More


The eight Writing Portfolio Gold Medalists with alum Hannah Jones

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

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Carnegie Hall award ceremony is just two days away! Last week, we took a closer look at this year’s outstanding eight Portfolio Gold Medal artists, who, in addition to winning $10,000 scholarships, are well on their way to following in the footsteps of famous Scholastic Awards alumni such as Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein and Zac Posen.

Before the National Celebrations begin in New York City tomorrow, let us introduce you to the talented eight Portfolio Gold Medal writers of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These storytellers captivated regional and national judges with their wild imaginations and powerful emotions – communicated through short stories, poems and memoirs. We can’t wait to meet them here in New York City! Read More