Start.Write.Now. Challenge

Summer summer summer summertime! There’s nothing like summertime in New York City. We hope you are enjoying the sun, warm weather, and family time.

If you need some inspiration to create this summer, make sure to tune in to our special Start.Write.Now. challenge featuring Gold Medalist Brianna Blue! Brianna created a phenomenal Art Portfolio called As We Know It featuring her original paintings. Check out her work below:

Start.Write.Now. Challenge—Blue Style

Step One: Write five words based on a social issue 

Step Two: Reflect. How does it apply to you?

Step Three: Create a conceptual piece that can advocate/spread awareness on this issue.

Step Four: Share your piece via email to Make sure to include your first and last name, the five words and social issue you’re addressing, and a picture of your art or the written work.

The Interview

1. What are you up to these days?

It’s been a long year and more of working through the college process and senior year, so after curating the senior art show for my school I am on vacation. I hope to get back to doing art for leisure soon. 

2. Share your creative process. How do you start and finish a piece?

Typically my art is prompted by an experience. I tend to work on color schemes concepts and do a bit of research. I sketch a lot beforehand to prep and then break out the oil paints.

3. What do you recommend for young creatives who want to organize an outstanding portfolio?

Start out with a lot of research. Researching for your portfolio sets a strong foundation for the following pieces. Research artists with similar styles, techniques, and even themes.

Brianna Blue’s Bio

Brianna Blue is a former high school senior from Edward R. Murrow High School, where she has explored 2D visual art. Coming from a big family, she has been surrounded by many moments and scenarios that have impacted the work she has created a great deal. She has had strong experiences with the arts through her family who have been into other practices such as music or jewelry making. 

Brianna was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and transferred to Edward R Murrow High School in her sophomore year as a part of the virtual art program. Attending Pratt Young Scholars for three years and spending some of her summer there, countless opportunities were offered. Brianna has spent her free time curating a program called Art Adventures NYC and has attended a program at the Whitney Museum. She received a Gold Medal for her art portfolio from Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as well as many awards from Arts Connections. Her work has been featured in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Dedalus Foundation Gallery. Brianna was awarded one of the first-ever Pratt President’s Wallace Augustus Rayfield Scholarships, which includes a full ride to attended Pratt Institute. 

Preparing for the 2022 Scholastic Awards

If you’d like to learn more on how to enter the 2022 Scholastic Awards when they open in September, please take a look at our national blog for guidance on preparing your work for entry in the fall. There you will learn tips as well as access cool videos guiding you through the entry process. Make sure to save your creative work this summer to prepare for a successful entry in the fall!

Community highlights

Join the NYC Scholastic Awards Community Conversation on Saturday, August 7 at 2:00 pm. We’ll be featuring alumni, jurors, and more!

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Join Scholastic Awards Alumni, Haydil Henriquez, Alondra Uribe and more for a creative panel discussion debunking originality. Listen to diverse voices from alumni, jurors, staff and partners, and engage in an originality activity that will set you apart from others.   

When: Friday, August 6 at 4:30 pm 
Register in advance for this webinar: Global, Virtual Teens Take The Met! (Ages 13–19) | The Metropolitan Museum of Art (

Calling all teen writers!

Get inspired to create something new with the first-ever virtual #TeensWriteAcrossAmerica Marathon!

Hosted by a different young writer in a new state each week, this marathon will take you around the country (virtually) to develop your skills and share with peers in a judgment-free zone.

The writing marathon is free and open to all young people who write or want to write!

Meeting every Wednesday, 8:00–9:30 pm ET from August 4 to September 8, 2021. Come every week, or stop in when you can!

Visit the national blog to learn more!

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