2020. It has been a YEAR, to say the least. In a time of such uncertainty, one thing was certain: that young people would rise to the occasion and illuminate a path toward hope through their art. And rise they did!

From September through December, thousands of young artists and writers in NYC–along with their support system of educators, parents, and guardians–put hours of work and passion into the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Talented jurors, including educators, artists, published authors, and many more, spent their winters reviewing and appreciating every piece entered into the Awards. And now, we are ready to celebrate the fruits of that labor . . .


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Fanta Diop, Say Their Names, Photography. Grade 12, Notre Dame High School, New York, NY. Bianca Farrow, Educator. Gold Key, 2021.

The 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards received more than 10,000 entries from NYC teens, and we were amazed by the amount of talent and artistic vision. Congratulations to every young person who elected to share their creativity and voice with the Scholastic Awards this year–that alone is a huge accomplishment, and we thank you for taking the leap. The world needs it!

What’s next?

Thursday, March 4, 7:30 pm
2021 NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony

Join us this Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 7:30 PM (ET) for the 2021 NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony on YouTube Premiere. Link will be shared via email to all NYC Scholastic Awards students, parents, and educators. Join us and share your enthusiasm in the live-chat!

Friday, March 19, 7:00-7:30 pm
2021 NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition and Virtual Opening Reception

Join us for the virtual Opening Reception of the 2021 NYC Scholastic Awards Gold Key Exhibition! Guest speakers from the NYC Scholastic Awards and The Metropolitan Museum of Art will congratulate the 2021 participants, and student award winners will share readings of their original works.

Register for the Opening Reception webinar today!

Exhibition on view: March 19–May 21, 2021 @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Check out the virtual exhibition

2021 NYC Celebrates!

Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NYC region held its first-ever virtual ceremony. Again this year, we will be celebrating Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention winners from home in the virtual 2021 NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony. The NYC Celebrates! website will be updated to feature the virtual 2021 Gold Key Art and Gold Key Writing Exhibitions, as well as the virtual 2021 NYC Scholastic Awards Ceremony. Check our blog for updates about the NYC Celebrates! website, and stay tuned for the launch of the 2021 NYC Celebrates! website later this month.

How can I see who won an Award?

If you are a student who entered the Awards . . .

Log in to your student dashboard to see if you won an award! All award recipients have the option to download a digital congratulatory letter and certificate from the main page of their dashboard. These downloads will be available until March 16, 2021. To see a full list of award recipients in your region and more information about award materials, check out your regional web page by searching your zip code here.

If you are an educator with students who entered the Awards . . .

Log in to your educator dashboard and click the link that says “Regional Award Certificates and Notification Letters.” Here, you will be able to access all congratulatory letters and certificates for students connected with your account who received an award. Visit your regional web page for more information about what your award recipients can expect.

If you don’t have an account and are just curious . . .

Search for Award recipients in your area looking up your area’s regional web page here.

Chloe Luterman, Space Cowboy, Photography. Grade 9, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York, NY. Andrew Stole, Educator. Gold Key, 2021

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