NYC Celebrates!

Dear NYC Silver and Gold Key winners,

I am pleased to inform you that after several weeks of patiently coping with consequences of an international pandemic, you will have the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! For the first time in the history of the NYC Scholastic Awards, you will be able to participate in the Awards Ceremony from your living room! You can walk through the Gold Key Exhibition without leaving the comfort of your home. You can invite friends and family from across the nation to celebrate with you as our virtual auditorium provides unlimited seating.

Join us, New York City for the 2020 NYC Celebrates! website launch on Thursday, April 23, when you will be able to show off your talent and enjoy the delightful Silver and Gold Key-winning works submitted by your fellow NYC peers.

2020 NYC Celebrates! features the following:

Hear moving words from youth spotlight speakers, your Scholastic Awards Manager, representatives from The New School and Parsons School of Design, and our special keynote speaker, author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh.

Ready? Click NYC Celebrates! to begin exploring.

Mathias Melucci, Bottled Harlem, Photography. Grade 10, Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY. Emily Moore, Educator. Silver Key, 2020

Although not everyone in your community may be in a celebratory mood, we hope you carve out some time to acknowledge your triumph. We encourage you to dress up and host a viewing party for the Awards Ceremony with your parents and loved ones. Be creative! Have your parents cheer you on as you pretend to walk across the stage to receive your Gold or Silver Key. We urge you to share the Virtual Exhibitions with your educators, mentors, and friends who can indulge in commemorating whilst social distancing. It is an honor to be selected as the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold and Silver Key winners, and you and your community should celebrate your accomplishments!

Share your pictures, videos, and reactions with the NYC Facebook page and tag @nycscholasticawards. For questions, comments, and concerns, please direct them to

Art & Writing Silver Key winners, we did not forget about showcasing your work. Stay tuned as we roll out NYC.Start.Write.Now in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, we hope all of you are continuing to hone your creative energies.

But from the rubble comes a rose

Ciara McKay, Aphrodite and the Sea, Poetry. Grade 10, Harvest Collegiate High School, New York, NY. Amara Thomas, Educator. Gold Key, 2020.

Featured Image: Jake Silber, A New Coat of Paint, Photography. Grade 10, Dwight School, New York, NY. Justyn Ambrose, Educator. Gold Key, 2020.

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