NYC Scholastic Awards: Looking back at the 2015 Awards and forward to the 2016 Awards!

It has been a great year.  The 2015 NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards celebrated more students and educators than ever before.  Let’s take a look back at our accomplishments:

Over 3,400 students from the five boroughs submitted over 11,000 pieces of Art & Writing to the 2015 NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

IMG_5388Last fall we partnered with St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn to host a Gold Key Poetry Reading and a free Art & Writing Portfolio Review for Seniors, and we worked with Parsons to host our first ever, Best Light, a free Art Photo Shoot for NYC Scholastic Participants.

In the winter we worked with the Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts to put together a reading for NYC outer area teens at the renowned independent bookstore McNally Jackson.ScholasticShowUris

For the 2015 NYC Scholastic Awards Exhibition, we found prestigious anddedicated partner in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Our exhibition was open for a full two months in the Met’s Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, featuring over 500 pieces of NYC Gold Key Art and Writing.  Over 600 people attended our opening reception on March 20th, including our alum Antonio Pulgarin and the NYC Department of Education’s Director of Teaching & Learning, Phil Weinberg.

The New School hosted us in their beautiful Tishman Auditorium for the 2015 NYC Scholastic Awards Ceremonies, which welcomed over 1,200 students, educators, and friends and family joined us in celebration of the 2015 NYC Gold Key and Silver Key recipients.IMG_5158

The Met continued their support of the Awards by working with us to host a Humor Workshop with Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen and a Poetry Reading in celebration of National Poetry Month.  In addition to these events, eight Gold Key writers were invited to be guest bloggers for the Met’s Teen Blog from march 20th-May 15th.  (Take a look at their work HERE!)  And we were thrilled to see many alums at Teens Take The Met! in June!  If you haven’t been to a Teens Take The Met – make sure you are there for the next one!

NYC Students were awarded 168 National Medals, and Queens native, Trace DePass was awarded a Gold Medal for his writing portfolio, Black Boyhood.  It was wonderful seeing so many NYC artists and writers at National Events and Carnegie Hall.

Special thanks to our partners: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, St. Joseph’s College, and Pratt Institute.

Special individual thanks to Will Crow, Brittany Prieto, Sandra Jackson-Dumont, and the rest of the wonderful staff at the Met; to Jessica Walker at Parsons and Jenn Riegle at Eugene Lang; to Ramona Candy and Stacey Temple at St. Joseph’s; to Mark O’Grady at Pratt; to Lisa Feder-Feitel for her generous and hard work towards making this past year a success.  Thank you everyone!

Here’s a huge thanks to all of the NYC educators and parents who encourage their teens to follow their dreams.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Keep writing.  Keep making art.

Best wishes,

Corianna Moffatt

2015 NYC Scholastic Awards Affiliate

The NYC Scholastic Awards breaks for the summer but will be back in full force in the fall!  Keep your eyes peeled for the date submissions open in mid September.  


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