1993 Scholastic Art Exhibition opening at Howard University
By Haley Richardson, Scholastic Awards Archivist
This year’s Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall is shaping up to be the biggest celebration the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have ever seen. With a sold out show and live streaming webcast of the event, there’s a lot to celebrate!
All of this got me thinking about the different ways in which the Awards have been celebrated through the last 90 years.
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
Harlem is the home and inspiration for many wonderful writers and artists, from poet Langston Hughes (a Scholastic Awards juror from 1947) to painter Alice Neel (here’s her famed portrait of Awards alum Andy Warhol!) to songbird and actress Florence Mills, who earned the nickname “The Queen of Happiness.”
This Saturday, March 2, take the A train to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to celebrate Harlem’s past, present, and future! Beginning at 4PM, guest poets and performers including Nanya Goodrich, Kamilah Moon, Khalil Murrell, and Scholastic Awards Poetry juror Ellen Hagan will share their favorite poem about Harlem or by a Harlem artist.
Teaching artist and author Renee Watson will read from her new, 2012 NAACP Image Award-winning book Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills. Ms. Mills broke racial barriers by starring in Broadway musicals in the 1920s and touring Europe to great accolades. A staunch advocate for civil rights, her signature hit song, “I’m A Little Blackbird” was a plea for racial equality. The afternoon will be a tribute to her as well, and book-signing will follow.
Playwrights take a bow at Writopia Lab’s 2012 Worldwide Plays Festival. Photo Credit: Writopia Lab
Young dramatists, take note! Your scripts are wanted—and you may actually earn one of two coveted scholarships for them in Writopia Lab’s 2013 Worldwide Plays Festival and Competition!
If you are a playwright in grades 1-12 with a one-act play you’re proud of, you may submit it for consideration by January 25, 2013. Submissions should be mailed to Writopia Lab, 155 West 81 Street, Suite A, New York, NY 10024.
Worldwide Pants, David Letterman’s production company, will offer a $2,500 scholarship for the funniest play. Playscripts, an independent play publisher, is sponsoring another $2,500 scholarship for the best script by a U.S. high school junior or senior.
Rachel Brosnahan and Bernadette Peters in Coming Up Roses.
(Source: http://www.cominguproses-movie.com )
Here at the Alliance, we come across many creative and talented individuals. From the incredible young artists and writers that participate in the Scholastic Awards each year to the brilliant teachers and jurors that work with us, our staff is constantly inspired by people like you.
But, did you know that many of our staff members are also artists and writers?
Our Web & IT Director, Dominic Matar, recently surprised us with some awesome news – he wrote the soundtrack to Coming Up Roses, a film starring Bernadette Peters that’s currently playing in theaters! Check out the trailer below:
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