Community Outreach & Engagement
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers at CCS
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 Legacy of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King and John Updike.
The process begins across the country as young artists and writers in grades 7-12 submit work in 28 categories of art and writing to a network of regional affiliates who present award ceremonies and exhibits for selected works on a local level. Gold Keys, the highest awards, are then submitted from each region for national adjudication. By luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. National Gold and Silver Medal winning students and their teachers receive national recognition, and are invited to attend the exhibit in New York and award ceremony at Carnegie Hall.
In the last five years alone, students submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing. During that period, more than 60 top art institutes and colleges have partnered with the Awards to make $40 million in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners.