_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

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If you’re in New York City this summer, be sure to visit Scholastic Awards alum Mel Bochner’s show Mel Bochner: Strong Language at the Jewish Museum, up now through September 21. Featuring more than 70 works, this show focuses on the artist’s career-long fascination with the cerebral and visual associations of words. Read More

OOW8Have you ever wondered where we display the beautiful National Medalist artwork we receive every year? We recently started a new Instagram series, On Our Walls, which takes you on a special tour of the work that hangs in the Scholastic New York City Headquarters.

Many of the National Medalist works move on to be a part of the Art.Write.Now.Tour and Art.Write.Now.DC following the National Exhibition. The work that does not go on the road will find a year-long home in our offices, including 3D works that are too fragile to travel. For the thousands of employees and visitors who come through our doors every day, the opportunity to see your work is a very special experience.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram at @artandwriting to follow the fun and check out the work after the jump!
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Judging

Awards alum Timothy H. Lee’s shot of the Scholastic building and the famous ‘in’ and ‘out’
paddles that were used in the 1970’s

We are so lucky to have had such an exciting, creative, and fun group of jurors join us for the 2014 Awards adjudication. Whether reading your work from the comfort of their own homes with a cup of cocoa while the snow fell or making the icy trek into the Alliance offices on a holiday, one thing remained the same: the outstanding quality of the works you submitted!

Take a look at what some of our jurors had to say about the process! Read More

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Untitled (Separate Yourself From the Animals), 2013. By Justin Nissley.

Guest post by Justin Nissley (2001 Scholastic Awards winner) whose art is currently being shown in a group exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art until January 25. Justin received his BFA in Studio Art at Virginia Tech, and now resides and works in New York City. He was also a part of our first artist-and-residency program, the Atelier, in the fall/winter of 2011.

New York City is a great place for an artist to live. There is so much to see and do, and artists can visit many local galleries to get their finger on the pulse of what is happening in the art world. I think going to look at art is one of the most important things an artist can do, other than creating it.

My art for the past 7 years has been figurative, and mostly painting portraits. I’m drawn to the face because I’m constantly surrounded by people, and each person is fascinating in his or her own way. Recently, I started doing charcoal drawings of people in gas masks. Read More

(Photo Credit: Academy of American Poets).

As autumn swept across New York City, the 2013 Class of National Student Poets prepared to leave their hometowns for the Big Apple. Home of Walt Whitman and cobble stone streets. Home of Brownstones and Marianne Moore. The National Student Poets read more poems. They matched the names of poets they have loved and known on paper with their headshots; ready to recognize them in person and spot them out of the crowd. “Poet! I implore you!” They decided what to pack (slacks? jeans?). They wondered if they could even squeeze in a Broadway Show or extra slice of New York pizza into their trip. They filmed the incredible “Poets in the Park” on a crisp, beautiful morning in Central Park. And what brought them to this great and literary metropolis? All five attended – and took part in – the Academy of American Poets’ Poets Forum from October 24 – October 26, 2013. Read More