The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began as a small writing contest with a $5 prize and six winning applicants in 1923. Today, more than 90,000 teens in grades 7 through 12 from around the nation annually submit more than 185,000 works of art and writing in 28 categories. Winning students earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.
The Awards, now presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, not only celebrate the rich future of artistic America, but also document its past. The program has been credited with identifying early talent in generations of America’s cultural icons, including Truman Capote (1932), Richard Avedon (1941), Andy Warhol (ca. 1945), Sylvia Plath (1947), Robert Redford (1954) and Zac Posen (1998), each of whom won the award when they were in high school.
Student works are evaluated by industry leaders and exhibited in New York City venues as well as cities across the country through the traveling exhibit, ART.WRITE.NOW. These exhibitions give audiences the opportunity to see the work of the nation’s top young artists and writers, inspiring appreciation for the teens’ maturity, talent and originality. For most young winners, this recognition is their first experience of being identified as serious artists and writers, and the impact on their self-perception can be life-changing. Richard Avedon called winning his Scholastic Award, "the defining moment of my life."
The program is proud to have fostered that same encouragement in millions of young people for almost a century. Since the program's inception, The Awards have encouraged more than 13 million students, recognized over nine million young artists and writers, and made available $25 million in awards and scholarships. Scholastic continues to be actively involved in the evolution of the program and remains The Awards’ largest corporate funder.
According to Alliance for Young Artists & Writers' Executive Director, Virginia McEnerney, "Scholastic's commitment to fostering creativity in America is unprecedented. We are honored to build on the program's incredible legacy to provide inspiration and resources for creative teens and the teachers who guide and support them." Visit the Alliance’s website to learn more about the program and to view remarkable work by the nation's top teen artists and writers: www.artandwriting.org.
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