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“The Cut” from Chado Ralph Rucci Resort 2014 line

If you live in the greater NYC area, consider designing your schedule on November 4 and 5 to get up close and personal with award-winning designer Ralph Rucci!

On Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30 PM, this master of innovative cutting, seaming and hand craftsmanship will talk about his creative process and inspiration at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (5th Avenue at 91st Street).

The very next day, at 4:30 PM at the Cooper Hewitt Design Center (111 Central Park North), Rucci will teach a teen workshop in which you’ll be assigned a fictional client and will use sketching, fabric and collage to design a piece for them. Best of all, both are FREE for teens—all you have to do is RSVP here for the talk and here for the workshop!

This post originally appeared on the Scholastic Awards of New York City blog.

pop upHave you ever been curious about what happens in an artist’s studio? Here’s your chance to find out! All week long, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumnus, Harrison Love, is transforming the Scholastic Store main display with his artwork as part of the Art.Write.Now.POP UP! residency. From 10am – 6pm each day, Harrison will be creating art in front of a public audience, leaving 557 Broadway with a seriously stunning display by the end of the week (and it’s pretty cool right now, too).

Just yesterday, Harrison installed his studio at 557 Broadway and brought his new space to life for all of SoHo to see. Passers-by have been stopping watch Harrison create beautiful woodblock prints, and we can’t wait to see what’s next. If you can’t stop by and see what’s happening (but we hope you can!) make sure to follow the progress on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Facebook page. Every day we’ll be adding new images of Harrison’s process. Read More

asdffNot if you want to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts FREE high school programs in Spring 2015! If you’re a high school freshman, sophomore or junior and interested in filmmaking, photography, cinema studies, drama, dance, recorded music and—new this year—dramatic writing, you can apply to any of these 7 programs now!

Students from New Jersey, Westchester, Connecticut, Long Island, as far as Philadelphia and as close as NYC’s five boroughs may also find out more at an open house this Saturday, September 20 at noon. RSVP here to learn the location. Even if you can’t make it, your applications are warmly welcome!

Classes begin in February and run through mid-May and will allow you not only to develop your voice and vision but will also give you a great sense of how instruction works at one of the top arts schools in the country. All classes are held at Tisch and taught or supervised by full-time faculty.

Why write now about this opportunity? Because right now—almost—on October 15, 2014, applications (including transcripts and recommendations) are due! So let those autumn breezes inspire you to wake up and apply yourself toward an arts-filled spring. Why not?

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The Art.Write.Now.2014 National Exhibition at Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

On June 11, writers and an appreciative audience gathered for Words and Lines: a free reading amid 2014 National Medalist artwork at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. It was an evening that paid tribute to the Awards’ three criteria: originality, technical skill, and clear evidence of personal voices and visions!

The program featured award-winning author and  director of Pratt Institute’s Writing Program Thad Ziolkowski;  Past Portfolio Gold Medalists Lashanda Anakwah, Haris Durrani, and Emma Goldberg. The editor of The Best Teen Writing of 2014 , 2004 Portfolio Gold Medalist and fantasy author Hannah Jones served as emcee and even shared some of her work with the crowd!

Poetry and prose echoed throughout the Pratt Manhattan Gallery’s exclusive exhibit of 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Award-winning photography, ceramics and glass…and we know that as you read this, you wish you were there. Two of the readers, Lashanda and Emma, graciously agreed to share excerpts of their work.  Read More

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They’re here! Your portraits from the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Events registration last weekend! We were so lucky to have photographer and Awards alum Lars Klove with us for the second year in a row, and his photos are great! They’re now up on Flickr, just waiting to be turned into a new Facebook profile picture or album. Be sure to tag #AWawards and @artandwriting when posting!

Here’s how to find your picture: Read More

_MG_2915This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog. By Brittany Sullivan.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice… Or win a National Scholastic Art & Writing Award!

This week, more than 800 students with their families and teachers, representing a total of 47 states, will travel to New York City to celebrate the national winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awardsduring National Celebrations, hosted by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. We were absolutely blown away by the outstanding talent of this year’s national winners (check out ourrecent feature on this year’s Portfolio Gold Medal artists) and what better way to honor them for their incredible accomplishments than with a special ceremony at iconic Carnegie Hall?

This year’s Carnegie Hall ceremony will feature special addresses by entertainer Nick Cannon, Emmy® Award–winning actor David Strathairn and artist Kay WalkingStick, who will receive the program’s Alumni Achievement Award. “It is important for kids today to have the freedom to express themselves and build confidence,” said Nick Cannon. “The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards empower students, giving them an outlet to show their passion for the arts and grow their individual talent. As a creative professional myself, I am inspired by each and every one of these students.” Be sure to join the live webcast on June 6! Read More