CELEBRATE THE 2021 NYC GOLD KEY EXHIBITION

We hope you were able to join us for the 2021 NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony. If not, make sure to check it out!

What’s Next

March 17
National Award Announcement Day

Gold Key Award winners and American Voices & Visions Nominees should stay tuned for National Award Announcement Day on March 17. For the past few weeks, scores of writers and artists from around the country have been reviewing the highest-awarded regional works in consideration for National Medals. On March 17, check artandwriting.org or your dashboard to see our 2021 National Medalists!

To all of the students who entered the 2021 Awards, keep creating! The new projects you’re exploring this spring are eligible for the 2022 Awards–hang onto them until September when you can start submitting again. We can’t wait to see what you do next!


2021 NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Regional Exhibition
Make sure to coordinate a visit to The Met to catch the 2021 NYC Exhibition at your earliest convenience.

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!

Image credits: (left) Tula Plasencia, Black and White, Photography. Grade 10, High School of Art and Design, New York, NY. Brenna McLaughlin, Educator. Gold Key, 2021; (right) Anais D’Haene, Avoiding Sunburn, Photography. Grade 9, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Eric Baylin, Educator. Gold Key, 2021

Xinyue Tang, Trends, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 10, The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY. Yang Zhao and Oliver Zhao, Educators. Gold Key, 2021

Community Highlights

We are excited to announce that the national G4C Student Challenge game design competition is officially open for submissions! Any middle or high school student in the U.S. can submit an original, digital impact game for the chance to win prizes and national recognition (deadline to submit games is April 16). 

In addition to digital games, G4C is offering a brand new writing award in partnership with the New York Video Games Critics Circle. Apply today!

The 2021 Cave Canem Poetry Prize is now accepting submissions. The annual contest is dedicated to the discovery of first books by Black poets. The winner receives $1,000, publication by Graywolf Press in fall 2022, 15 copies of the book, and a featured reading. Rachel Eliza Griffiths is this year’s judge. Enter your work before April 30, 2021. Learn more today!

Looking for more opportunities to be recognized? Students of African descent are invited to participate in local and national ACT-SO competitions! NAACP’s ACT-SO is a community-based program that provides a forum for youth of African descent to receive recognition for their achievements in academics, literary arts, visual arts, and the sciences.

Check out the 92Y Recanti/Kaplan Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts! You may be eligible for a merit scholarship to continue pursuing your artistry. Turn in an application today!

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