By Alana Benoit, Manager of National Programs
For the first time ever, in celebration of our 90th Anniversary, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will webcast the 2013 National Awards Ceremony LIVE from Carnegie Hall on May 31 at 6:00 p.m. EST/3:00 p.m. PST. That means YOU can join in! We’re working hard to make this event extra special for everyone, including those who are unable to be at Carnegie Hall. We’re broadcasting this event with all of you in mind!
On May 31, we will be joined by special guests Sarah Jessica Parker and Zac Posen to honor National Awards winners from across the country; recognizing their achievement and the commitment of teachers, friends and supporters that help make the Awards possible. We hope you’ll share this incredible moment with us by watching the Ceremony on our Webcast page. Read More
Scholastic Award-winning work from the Art.Write.Now.2012 National Exhibition
This edited post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog on June 6, 2012. Post by Lia Zneimer.
I’ve never been much of an artist (let’s be honest — I can hardly draw stick figures), but I have so much respect for people who are able to express themselves through art. Whether he or she uses paints or charcoals, colored pencils or a camera, I’m always amazed by an artist’s ability to interpret everyday life and translate it into a beautiful and thought-provoking piece of work. Living in New York City means I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by tons of art museums, gallery openings, exhibits and installations, but the ART. WRITE. NOW National Exhibition* is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. (And I’m not just saying that because I work at Scholastic!)
There were 1,600 students in grades 7 through 12 who were recognized with national medals in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and from the pool of incredible winning works, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers selected more than 500 pieces to appear in a special exhibit at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan, which is free and open to the public through June 16. Read More
Three-time Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep provides young artists and writers with inspiration at the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall, New York on Friday, June 1, 2012. (Stuart Ramson for Scholastic Inc.)
This edited post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog on June 2, 2012. Post by Lia Zneimer.
The past 72 hours have been pretty phenomenal, especially for the winners of the 89th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
This week, more than 800 students from across the country — plus their parents and teachers — traveled to New York City for The Awards’ National Celebration. On Thursday night, the Empire State Building was lit in gold in honor of these talented teens, and on Friday night, they were recognized at a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall. Doesn’t get any better than that, right? That’s what I thought…until three-time Academy Award®-winning actress Meryl Streep congratulated the students on their accomplishments. Talk about a memorable night!
“… We are counting on you to explain this very complicated world and our future,” Ms. Streep said in last night’s address. “You’re not only expressing yourselves, and what you think and feel. In time you’ll understand this: you speak for all of us.” Read More
We’re only one week away from the National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall! As a special recognition of our Award winners, the Empire State Building will be lit in gold on May 31, 2012. In anticipation of this night of celebration, we’d like to share an essay by 2012 Gold Medalist Emily Mack on her inspirational experience at last year’s Award Ceremony. Enjoy!
Screaming Gold by Emily Mack, Age 13, of Chicago, IL
I’m in the hotel bathroom staring into the mirror then back at my cheetah-print make-up bag. Today is the day. Today is the day I want to be beautiful.
I open up my bottle of eye shadow primer and glaze it on to my eyelids, smoothing the lid, creating a neutral base. My face is a canvas, and my eyeliners, mascaras, shadows, compacts, glosses, and stains are Picasso’s pigments.
I busy myself primping as my mom yells at me to hurry up. But I want to prolong this. I want to savor every moment of this night. Read More
Image Credit: Bradly J. Boner, Jackson Hole News & Guide, May 16, 2012.
Stella Cabot-Wilson is doing her name proud this year: first, she earned a Silver Medal for her Writing Portfolio (and in fact was the only Wyoming student to earn a National Award!); during National Events, one of her pieces — “I am a Word Lover” — will be among the 22 student works featured at The Actors Company Theater (TACT) on Saturday, June 2. And last weekend, she dazzled her hometown crowd by mounting a pop-up art show that tackled one of life’s largest questions: “What makes art, Art?”
“I am arguing that what makes an object art is the relationship between the artist and the audience and the communication between them,” she explained, Read More
Gold Key Gala at the World Financial Center. Photo by Ronnie Wright.
As we head into summer, we bid farewell to our 2011 season. The last couple of months have been busy and full of excitement with our National Celebration, Carnegie Hall Awards Ceremony, Gold Key Gala, ART.WRITE.NOW. National Exhibition and Alumni Atelier project! We began our season last year with 185,000 submissions of art and writing from across the country and ended our season in late May with 800 National Award winners flocking to New York City for National Events. For a recap of the Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall, click here. But, the fun didn’t end with that very special evening. We still had a lot to come…