Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc.

aka Scholastic Art & Writing Awards   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.artandwriting.org

Mission

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted nearly 350,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Mr. Christopher Wisniewski

Main address

557 Broadway

New York, NY 10012 USA

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EIN

13-3780998

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Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

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The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Our History
“…to give those high school students who demonstrate superior talent and achievement in things of the spirit and of the mind at least a fraction of the honors and rewards accorded to their athletic classmates for demonstrating their bodily skills.” –Maurice R. Robinson, Founder

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

Our Programs
Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7–12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. Beyond the Awards, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers produces a number of programs to support creative students and their educators, including the Art.Write.Now.Tour, the National Student Poets Program, the Scholastic Awards Summer Workshops and Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarships programs, the Golden Educators Residency, and much more.

Our Alumni
Since their founding, the Awards have established an amazing track record for identifying the early promise of our nation’s most accomplished and prolific creative leaders. Alumni include artists Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, Cy Twombly, Robert Indiana, Kay WalkingStick, Mozelle Thompson, Hughie Lee-Smith, and John Baldessari; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Bernard Malamud, Marc Brown, Myla Goldberg, and Joyce Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon; actors Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, Lena Dunham, and John Lithgow; fashion designer Zac Posen; and filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Ken Burns, and Richard Linklater. Outside the arts, Awards alumni employ their creativity to be successful in any number of ways—becoming leaders in fields including journalism, medicine, finance, government and public service, the law, science, design, and more. In 2015, our Alumni Council was formed and opportunities such as Alumni Microgrants and an Alumni Writer’s Residency were created.

Our Jurors
Students’ submissions are blindly adjudicated by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. Many Scholastic Awards Alumni have lent their expertise as jurors, including Michael Bierut, Phillip Pearlstein, Edward Sorel, Red Grooms, and Gary Panter. Other luminaries who have served as judges include Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Judy Blume, Billy Collins, Paul Giamatti, Francine Prose, Edwidge Danticat, David Sedaris, Lesley Stahl, Nikki Giovanni, Roz Chast, Wangechi Mutu, Andres Serrano, Kiki Smith, Jill Kraus, Shinique Smith, Rashid Johnson, and Waris Ahluwalia. Jurors look for works that exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

Our Partners
Today, we work with approximately 100 Affiliate Partners across the country to bring the Awards to local communities. Students are also eligible for Special Achievement Awards, supported by a variety of generous corporations and foundations, and for special honors like the National Student Poets Program, a joint project between the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. We are also joined by our Scholarship Partners to provide additional opportunities to students.

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Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Hugh Roome

Scholastic, Inc.

Hugh Roome

Scholastic Inc.

Suzanne Randolph

Suzanne Randolph Fine Arts

David Levy

Objective Focus

William Robinson

(Vice Chairman) Fogg Art Museum

Andrew Merson

Command Webset Offset Co., Inc

Dr. Ernest Fleishman

Scholastic Inc.

Robert Buchsbaum

Dick Blick COmpany

Bryan Doerries

Outside the Wire

Olivia Morgan

Common Sense Media

Anne Morrill

Maurice R. Robinson Fund

Rebecca Shapiro

Shore Fire Media

Hannah Yang

The New York Times

Steven Merson

Command Web Offset Co.

Nancy Bergman

Gregory Miller

Gregory R. Miller & Co.

Karen Pritzker

KPJR Films

Andrew Safran

Apollo Global Management

Kelly Sassi

Red River Valley Writing Project

Gwenn Snider

Winnetu Oceanside Resort

Tina Surh

Gruss & Co

Hannah Yang

The New York Times