Calling all who live in the greater NYC area: have you heard about the Bronx Revolution? On Saturday, October 5 you can learn all about it—for free!—at Bronx’s own and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ NYC affiliate Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education.
What: The Bronx Revolution and the Birth of Hip-Hop
When: 3:30 PM, Saturday October 5
Where: Casita Maria, 928 Simpson Street, Bronx, NY
How: Take the 2 train to Simpson Street and walk one block to Casita, or take the 6 to Hunts Point and it’s two blocks south!
Why: Grandwizzard Theodore, Grandmaster Caz, Rokafella, BG183 from Tats Cru will all be performing, followed by a cipher with the cast and pioneer DJs, MCs, B-boys and B-girls!
It’s often difficult to fully grasp the substantial impact of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Every year, as thousands upon thousands of middle and high school students enter the competition, amazing stories of personal journeys, creativity, and recognition emerge. This is one of those stories.
Urim Apocalypse is an unusually talented student with an unusual name. He came to the United States in 2010 after fleeing Africa as a refugee. He was born and grew up in Congo, and moved to Ethiopia for four years before coming to America. It was in Ethiopia that he began to learn English. But when he moved to Aurora, Colorado in the fall of 2010, the then 12-year-old was still learning the language. Read More
2013 Regional Scholastic Award Winners from the Colorado Art Region receiving their certificates
The Scholastic Awards national office is located in New York City, but our Regional Affiliates can be found around the country. Here’s the scoop on our Colorado Regional Art Affiliate and the people behind them!
Pam took the Colorado regional affiliate to another level by raising over $300,000 in 2011 for the state-wide Scholastic Art Awards, and increasing awareness of the importance of creativity in our schools through the Awards program. Her advocacy has contributed to the increased participation of 4,494 entries last year! Read More
Above: Photos of the Pinellas Art Region’s 2012 Scholastic Awards Ceremony and Exhibition
Susan Castleman is the art supervisor for Pinellas County Schools. She has also been running the Pinellas Art Region of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for over 15 years (thank you, Sue, for your dedication to the Awards program!). In the following interview, Susan shares her experience managing the Alliance’s Pinellas County Affiliate in St. Petersburg, Florida.
What’s been the most rewarding experience running a regional affiliate?The most rewarding part has been recognizing creative teens during our regional ceremony each year and seeing the winners’ faces. I also enjoy hearing parents, teachers, and others who attend the ceremony reflect on the time that they received a Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention when they were in high school and how important it was to them.
Guest post by Alliance staffer Katie Babick, Manager of External Relations
On a lovely Friday in late January, I had the opportunity to visit Springs Preserve, home to the Alliance’s Southern Nevada regional affiliate. Jessica Hougen, who runs the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for Southern Nevada and is the Assistant Curator at Springs Preserve, gave me a tour and told me what it is like to run the program in her corner of the world.
From L to R: Recent alumni Anastassia Rabajille, Andi Rivas, and Khrystyan Martinez with seniors A.J. Ramos and Luke Martinez in front of an altar (Photo credit: John Sigmund)
Guest post from Alliance staffer John Sigmund, Manager of National Programs
“It makes me feel legit,” exclaimed SAY Sí senior Emileigh Potter about her Silver Key for Film that she keeps pinned with pride on her wallet. SAY Sí (San Antonio Youth Yes!), the Regional Art Affiliate for San Antonio, TX has a long history of making students feel legitimate by immersing them in a community of learning that develops their original perspective and personal vision. For this reason, over the past several years, many SAY Sí students have earned Regional and National Scholastic Art Awards.
SAY Sí is a year-round, long-term, tuition-free nonprofit arts program that serves nearly 200 students in grades 6 through 12 from over 70 different schools in the greater San Antonio area. Even though more than half of the students come from lower income families, 100% of the students go on to attend college.