2019 Spring News Update

Dear NYC Scholastic Awards Community,

It’s been a long time since the last post. Consider this a March-April-May wrap-up.

Firstly, let’s give it up to the incredible teens who received National Medals in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! New York City claimed 69 National Medals for art submissions and another 88 National Medals for writing submissions. Impressive! Gold Medalists will be celebrated at stellar award ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 6. The talented students listed below are the recipients of National Silver and/or Gold Medals. Congratulations on your success!

Isabel Abad-Munson
Yerkezhan Abuova
Maha Almatari
Julia Arancio
Shayan Ashraf
Sara Azcona-Miller
Tatiana Barberi
Eliza Baron-Singer
Natascha Belt
Maeve Brennan
Jinghong Chen
Yiru Chen
Chloe Chun
Cameron Clark
Madeline Colby
Katerina Corr
Hana Cruz
William Crystal
Clare D’Amato
Nikki Daniels
Cleo De Rocco
Bill Deng
Lena DiBiasio
Amelia Dinallo
Kimberly Dominguez
Gordon Ebanks
Ari El Gharsi
Allie Ennis
Vivian Fang
Julia Feinberg
Cassandra Fenwick
Tess Fleming
Halle Friedman
Logan Furlonge
Yun Gao
Senjuti Gayen
Mason Geller
Neige Giacalone
Anna Grace Goldstein
Tess Gray
Liliana Greyf
Caroline Griem
Praharsha Gurram
Darcelis Gutierrez
Chris Han
Rina Hisajima
Cindy Hou
Foster Hudson
Katherine Hwang
Annelie Hyatt
Nathaniel Hylton
Ines Im
Sabiha Imran
Juno Jahn
Iqra Jan
Ayelet Kaminer
Ana Kaufman
Asa Khalid
Iris Khim
Lauren Kim
Violet Kopp
Luke Kushner
Justin Lam
Lucinda Lansill
Reed Lessing
John Lieberman
Kevin Lin
Ashley Liu
Chance Lockard
Yuxin Ma
Jordan Mangi
Alisa Matveeva
Dassi Mayerfeld
Hannah Mayerfield
Yael Mehlman
Divya Mehrish
Simone Menard-Irvine
Kirin Moy
Aaron Muntner
Roza Nayda
Emma Netel
Andrew Ng
Lily O’Donnell
Io Perl-Strahan
Pier Paolo Piccoli
Petra Popper-Freedman
Christina Poulin
Ahna Pultinas
Isaiah Qualls
Layla Rafimayeri
Julian Raheb
Mia Reiland
Claire Reisberg
Christian Restrepo
Sasha Lynn Roberts
Clara Rosarius
Gabriel Sambar Lande
Junnuel Sanchez
Dominik Sansevere
Chiara Schmidt
Ayla Schultz
Melissa Sepulveda
Steven Shi
Ayman Siam
Mya Singh-Johal
Suhaylah Sirajul-Islam
Dana Song
Eliza Spinna
Charlotte Spohler
Jake Srebnick
Yang Su
Abigail Sylvor Greenberg
Eleanor Tapping
Karina Teslenko
Beatrice Tong
Alondra Uribe
Annabella Ursano
Princess Uwawuike
Vanessa Vasquez
Zoe Vassiliou
Aimee Veliz
Priscilla Villacres
Janna Wang
Victoria Wang
Olivia Wein
Isabella Weitzen
Abraham Weitzman
Sylvana Widman
Amadi Williams
Philip Winter
Miranda Wollen
Zoe Wu
Emily Xu
Catherine Ye
Claire Yu
JieJie Yuan
Kamila Zabinska
Tiffany Zheng
Rachel Zhu
Gertie Zwick-Schachter

The recipients of regional Silver and Gold Keys were celebrated at The New School on Sunday, March 24. The day began with assistance from Scholastic Inc.’s Event team. Thank you to Yanique Hart, Clariza Mione and Emily Prafder for arriving early to set-up for the special day.

You may have observed some changes at this year’s ceremonies. Instead of requiring students to arrive early to pick-up their certificates and pins, certificates were posted here on the NYC blog and students receive their pins on the stage. Be sure to download your certificate by September 1. They will not be available after that date.

The award ceremony for students who received regional Silver and/or Gold Keys for their art submissions began at 11:30 am. Attendees were greeted by Robert Kirkbride, Dean of Constructed Environments at Parsons School of Design and Virginia McEnerney, the former Executive Director of the Scholastic Awards. The keynote speaker was a Scholastic Awards Alum and member of Parsons’ faculty, Heide Fasnacht. Heide was also a National Art Juror. The ceremony was followed by a reception where students and their guests mingled over coffee, hot chocolate, fruit and tortilla chips with guacamole. Click HERE to view photos.

The award ceremony for students who received a regional Silver and/or Gold Key for their writing submissions began at 1:30 pm. Attendees were greeted by Keisha Davenport-Ramirez, Senior Director of Academic Advising and Career Development at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and Virginia McEnerney, the former Executive Director of the Scholastic Awards. The ceremony’s keynote speaker was Oliver Colbert who delighted the auditorium with the performance of one of his poems. Oliver has a new book out, out Dope & Dangerous: A Bunch of Poems About Being Black. Check it out! Click HERE to view photos from the award ceremony and reception.

Thank you to the entire team at The New School for coordinating all of the behind the scenes logistics involved with producing two award ceremonies in one day. A special thanks goes to Alexandra Bennett, Anthony Curry and Odellia Lucius who assisted with the procurement of jurors, keynote speakers, room reservations, etc. The Scholastic Awards deeply values their partnership with The New School. Be sure to take a look at their pre-college programs.

Two days earlier, on Friday, March 22, the recipients of Gold Keys were celebrated at the Met. Welcome Remarks kicked off with Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at The Met. Sandra was followed by Joel Towers, Executive Dean at Parsons School of Design and Virginia McEnerney, former Executive Director at the Scholastic Awards. The remarks were followed by readings presented by Gold and Silver Key recipients. Students and their guests spent their time admiring the exhibited artwork and writings. They also had fun designing their very own tote bags and buttons using images from The Met’s collection and Scholastic Awards Alums. The exhibition runs from March 22 through May 27, 2019. Thank you to the incredible team at The Met for the lovely evening.  Click HERE to view photos from the evening.

 

Last month, CUNY TV interviewed two Gold Key recipients for its program, Arts in the City. Alondra Uribe received three Gold Keys for Poetry submissions. She also received two National Gold Medals. Additionally, Alondra shared one of her poems at the NYC Writing Award Ceremony and is a semi-finalist for the 2019 National Student Poets Program. Christian Restrepo received three Gold Keys for Photography submissions. He also received a National Silver Medal. Both spent the morning of Tuesday, April 23 sharing their Gold Key awarded work on exhibition and discussing their artistic practices. The segment is scheduled to air this summer.

And last but not least, Barb Edwards joined the Scholastic Awards team this month as the NYC Manager. Barb will promote awareness about the Scholastic Awards amongst school administrators and educators at schools that aren’t already participating in the program. She will also take over this blog which means you will all hear from Barb very soon!

Important Dates

June 14-15: NYC Artwork Pick-up

September 12: The 2020 Scholastic Awards open for submissions

December 3: Deadline for all NYC submissions

Be You! Be Original!

For the 2016-2017 Awards season, the slogan Be Seen! Be Original! Be Heard! was introduced via the Call for Submissions poster. The poster featured the Gold Medal awarded painting of Mr. Keiji Ishida who went on to be awarded a National Gold Medal for his Art Portfolio in the 2016-2017 award season. His body of work exemplifies originality, superb technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice/vision – the three criteria upon which all works are adjudicated on both the regional and national levels.

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A Word from The New School Plus Photos from the NYC Award Ceremonies and Opening Reception at The Met

Dear 2017 NYC Award Recipients,

Congratulations on your success and thank you for joining us at the Award Ceremonies at Parsons Sunday March 19 and the Opening Reception for the Gold Key Exhibition at the Met Friday March 24.  Before viewing photos from the events, please enjoy the inspiring article below authored by Eugene Lang instructor Nina Boutsikaris.

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See You at The Met! – Friday March 24, 6-8 pm

Dear Students, Parents and Educators,
You’re invited to the Opening Reception of the Gold Key Art Exhibition at The Met on Friday March 24, 6:00-8:00 pm. The exhibition features Gold Key artwork and writing created by NYC’s most talented teens. All are invited and no RSVP required. Come celebrate the 2017 NYC award recipients and design your own tote bag too!
  • Was your 2017 Art submission awarded recognition at the Honorable Mention or Silver Key level? If so, your work will be displayed digitally at the Opening Reception!
  • Was your 2017 Writing submission awarded recognition at the Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key level? If so, you’re encouraged to enter a lottery to read an excerpt of your work at the Opening Reception. Student readings will be limited to three (3) minutes and the countdown begins after you’re handed the microphone. Interested? Enter the lottery at the opening reception from 6:00-6:25 pm. The Honorable Mention/Silver Key and Gold Key lineups will be announced at 6:45 pm after the Welcome Remarks are concluded. Refer to the program schedule for more details.
  •  Design Your Own Tote Bag! A free workshop will be offered to all guests.
  • Free Admission Ticket! All guests will receive a free ticket to view the rest of the museum’s collections. We hope you check out the galleries after enjoying yourself at the Opening Reception.
Scroll down for more information about the Opening Reception.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
New York City Regional Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, March 24, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
6:00-8:00 pm
  • View the exhibition of Gold Key works of Art including Film & Animation and Writing from grades 7-12
  • Read Gold Key writing from grades 7-12 on iPads in the Exhibition and in bound notebooks in the Nolen Library
  • See Middle School, 3D and Oversize Gold Key works on a film reel in the Carson Family Hall
  • View a screening of Silver Key and Honorable Mention works of art from grades 7-12 in the Seminar Room
  • Meet Pratt Institute in the Carson Family Hall
6:30-6:45 pm
Welcome Remarks, Carson Family Hall, ground floor
6:45-8:00 pm
Honorable Mention and Silver Key Student Readings
Honorable Mention and Silver Key recipients read short excerpts from their works (up to 3 minutes) in the Carroll Classroom. Readers selected by lottery. Eligible readers may sign-up for the lottery in the Carroll Classroom, 6:00-6:25 pm.
Gold Key Student Readings
Gold Key recipients read short excerpts (up to 3 minutes) from their works in the Carson Family Hall. Readers will be selected by lottery. Eligible readers may sign-up for the lottery in the Nolen Library, 6:00-6:25 pm.
Make a Tote Bag!
Facilitated by The Met. Get creative by designing your very own tote bag in the Studio. Explore how words can become art by engaging with images of primary works of art from the Museum’s collection to spark tote bag design inspiration!
The Museum is open until 9:00 pm. We hope you will explore and enjoy the galleries!

NYC Submission Deadline is Dec. 15th

Dear NYC Students,

There are only TWO days remaining to submit! Work(s) must be uploaded by 11:59 pm on December 15th. Submission forms must be postmarked by December 15th as well. The James A Farley Post Office in Manhattan (421 8TH Avenue) stays open until 10 pm to accommodate last minute rushes.

Submission forms must be signed by the student, an educator and the student’s parent/guardian. You may pay the submission fee online via PayPal or include payment with your submission form. We accept checks, money orders and cash too but please note that we DO NOT recommend sending cash in the mail.

Take the time to review your work before submitting it to ensure that you are sending the absolute best representation of your talent. Images of uploaded art submissions should have a high resolution and be properly cropped. Writing submissions should be proofed for grammar, spelling, style and content. Personal statements are an additional opportunity to shine. Make sure that yours captures your creative insights.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Can I or my parent drop off my submission form at your office? Yes! There is a drop box in the lobby at 557 Broadway where you may leave your submission. Submissions will be collected from the drop box daily. Please note however that staff is extremely busy preparing for the judging of the hundreds of thousands of submissions we receive and therefore will NOT be able to come downstairs to personally receive each submission.
2. My teacher is absent. Can I submit the form without his/her signature? No! However please note that any educator at your school, after school program, local library etc. can sign your form.
3. Can I include my name in the title of my portfolio or individual submission? No! Your work is judged blindly on its merit and therefore no identifying information should be included in the title of your portfolio or individual submissions.
4. Can I apply for an extension? No! However, we invite you to submit your work(s) next year and recommend that you begin thinking about and preparing your submission soon after the submissions period opens in mid-September.

Questions? If you have questions about submitting your work, first carefully review the Do’s and Dont’s for each category here and thoroughly review our FAQ page. If your inquiry is unanswered by the information on our site, send a detailed email to info@artandwriting.org with your specific issue/concern.

KEY DATES

December 15: NYC Submission Deadline

February 3: NYC Notification Day

March 19: NYC Gold Key Award Ceremonies at Parsons

March 25: NYC Art & Writing Exhibition Opening Reception at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

June 8: National Award Ceremony at Carnegie Hall

2016 August Intensive in Partnership with NAACP ACT-SO

This summer middle and high students from the greater NYC metropolitan area participated in a pilot outreach program, August Intensive August 16-19.They engaged in four days of art and writing workshops and field trips too! Art students spent the week learning about and creating zines, social justice posters inspired by Keith Haring and learning how to approach the creation of a compelling portfolio.Writing students spent the week expanding their thinking about poetry, defining their voice in their writings and thinking critically about the scope and content and their portfolios. Students were joined by representatives from ACT-SO, Ashcan Studio of Art, SVA, The New School and Writopia who shared useful information about their program offerings to teens. August Intensive wrapped up with outings to Getty Images, Essence Magazine, Miguel Luciano’s art studio and The New York Times to  experience what it means to be a professional artist/writer.

 

Thank you to the wonderful instructors and guest speakers who shared their time, positive energy and knowledge!

Another thank you to the awesome people who received students in their place of work:

Last but not least, thank you to the incredible teens who participated in the first ever August Intensive at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. I hope you enjoyed the experience and are off to a fantastic start to the school year. I will be in touch with participants soon with details about a follow-up session created especially for you to have the opportunity and guidance in fine tuning work you plan to submit.

Visit often for updates about upcoming opportunities to participate in free workshops.

NYC AWARD CEREMONIES AT THE NEW SCHOOL SUNDAY MARCH 13TH

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of New York City ceremonies will take place on Sunday, March 13th at The New School – Tishman Auditorium, The New School’s University Center, 63 Fifth Ave, New York, NY.

Art Ceremony: Sunday, March 13th at 11:30 am, followed by a reception where students can network with other Award recipients and Alumni. Refreshments will be served.

Writing Ceremony: Sunday, March 13th at 3:30 pm, followed by a reception where students can network with other Award recipients and Alumni. Refreshments will be served.

There are no leftover tickets for the ceremonies!

Waitlist students and other non-RSVP students are welcome to come and collect their certificate(s) and pin(s), however, they are not guaranteed seating at the ceremony.

Students and their guest(s) that RSVPd via Eventbrite will be seated first. Unused seats due to no-shows will be made available on a first come, first served basis. You should plan on arriving early if you plan on taking advantage of unused seats.

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE GOLD KEY EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION @ THE MET, FRIDAY, MARCH 11TH

Dear NYC Students,

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The Gold Key exhibition at the Met opens Friday, March 11th. Join us at the opening reception, 6:00-8:00 pm. See the amazing Gold Key-awarded artwork created by NYC teens, mingle and meet other Gold Key recipients, participate in writing and art workshops, and watch the Gold Key writing students perform their work. Gold Key writing will be available to read electronically on iPads and in print. The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Share the invite with your friends, family, and educators. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to hang out at the Met Friday night to celebrate the achievements of New York City’s 2016 Gold Key recipients.

PHOTO RELEASE FORMS REQUIRED: Please note that students and guests 17 years and younger will need to complete and submit a photo release form to gain entry to the opening reception. Save yourself time by downloading and printing your photo release form now!