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!

 

Last Scheduled Artwork Drop Off Day: Wednesday February 10th

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE

TO HAVE YOUR GOLD KEY-AWARDED ART

DISPLAYED AT THE MET!

Dear Gold Key recipients,

Wednesday, February 10th is the last scheduled artwork drop-off day for students in grades 9-12! A table will be set up in the lobby of Scholastic, Inc. (557 Broadway) to receive artwork and sign consent forms. Consent forms for all Gold Key recipients in grades 9-12 have been printed and are available to sign upon arrival. The drop off schedule is 4:00-7:00 pm. DO NOT DELIVER ARTWORK TO THE MET!

WHAT ARTWORK SHOULD BE DROPPED OFF? 9th-12th Grade 2D Gold Key Artwork such as paintings, drawings etc. Due to space limitations, the maximum size authorized is 11 x 14. 

WHAT ARTWORK SHOULD NOT BE DROPPED OFF? 3D Gold Key Artwork, oversized Gold Key artwork, and middle school Gold Key artwork. All middle school, oversize and 3D Gold Key awarded art will be displayed digitally. MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOULD NOT DROP OFF THEIR ARTWORK.

Congratulations and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!