The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is a national nonprofit organization established in 1994 to identify, motivate and validate the next generation of young artists and writers. The Alliance tracks the creative development of teenagers across the country each year through The Scholastic Art &Writing Awards program. This program is the longest running recognition program for creative young people in the country.
The Awards were launched in 1923 by Scholastic, Inc., the global children's publishing and media company, to encourage, foster and reward creativity in our nation's classrooms. Each year, students who excel in the visual arts and creative writing have the chance to earn recognition, get their work exhibited or published and to earn scholarships.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The process begins across the country as young artists and writers in grades 7-12 submit more than 200,000 creative works to a network of Regional Affiliates that locally present award ceremonies and exhibits. Gold Keys,the most outstanding works of art and writing from each region are then submitted for national adjudication. Artsist, authors, educators and other industry professionals review and select 1,600 national Gold and Silver Medal recipients. Graduating seniors who submit a body of work in the Portfolio categories compete for local and national scholarships bestowed by the regions, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and a network of arts institutes, colleges and universities. Awards are presented to sponsoring teachers of Art & Writing Portfolio Gold Medalists, Portfolio Silver Medals with Distinction, and all sponsoring teachers of national winners are invited to the national exhibit and award celebration in New York.
Over the past five years, students have submitted nearly 700,000 pieces of work, and over $25 million has been made available in scholarships and awards to top winning participants. As the program prepares for its 90th anniversary in 2013, the Alliance is calling all Award alumni to reconnect and join in the celebration.
The Regional Affiliate Sponsors
For more information, or to participate in the 2013 Scholastic Art competition, please carefully select your region. Online registration begins September 17, 2012.
Wayne and Oakland Counties
The Southeastern Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art Awards is sponsored by the College for Creative Studies and supported by volunteer art teachers in Wayne and Oakland Counties. This region receives over 4,000 works of art and almost 300 portfolios from middle school and high school students, which are then adjudicated and selected for Honorable Mentions, Silver and Gold Key Awards, American Vision nominations, and Best of Show Portfolios. The art exhibit and opening ceremony are held annually at the College for Creative Studies. Approximately 1,000 works of art are displayed in this exhibit throughout all four levels of the Walter B. Ford II Building.
Participants in Wayne or Oakland County should visit
Macomb, St. Clair, Lapeer Counties
Macomb Community College and the College for Creative Studies sponsor the Macomb, St. Clair and Lapeer Region of The Scholastic Art Awards. Nearly 2,000 works of art and approximately 120 portfolios are received from middle school and high school students, with the assistance of volunteer art teachers, which are then adjudicated and selected for Honorable Mentions, Silver and Gold Key Awards, American Vision nominations and Best of Show Portfolios. The opening awards ceremony takes place annually at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts, followed by a reception and exhibit in the Lorenzo Cultural Center.
Participants in Macomb, St. Clair or Lapeer County should visit