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!

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.


Dear NYC Students,


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!


The New School Summer Programs


This summer, gain the skills and conceptual approaches you need to take your creativity to the next level, wherever your path may lead. Students in grades 3-12 and recent high school graduates learn in supportive yet challenging learning communities, with a focus on art and design at Parsons School of Design, and writing and more at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. Experience 2-4 week summer programs in Greenwich Village and at Parsons Paris and along the way, earn college credit, prepare your portfolio, and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

Summer begins the moment you sign up. Learn more at: newschool.edu/summer

The 2016 NYC Scholastic Awards Results Are Here!

Results for the 2016 NYC Scholastic Awards are here!

Congratulations to everyone who submitted to the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!  We had over 11,000 submissions this year!!  That’s a lot of fabulous creativity…Way to go New York City!

Without further ado, here are the NYC Regional Recipients for 2016.

NYC Writing 2016 Recipients

By Student Last Name:

NYC 2016 Writing Award Recipients, A-E

NYC 2016 Writing Award Recipients, F-K

NYC 2016 Writing Award Recipients, L-O

NYC 2016 Writing Award Recipients, P-R

NYC  2016 Writing Award Recipients, S-Z

American Voices Nominees

By Educator Last Name:

NYC Writing Award Recipients by Educator Last Name

By School:

NYC 2016 Writing Award Recipients by School


By Student Last Name:

NYC 2016 Art Award Recipients, A-E

NYC 2016 Art Award Recipients, F-K

NYC 2016 Art Award Recipients, L-O

NYC 2016 Art Award Recipients, P-R

NYC 2016 Art Award Recipients, S-Z

American Visions Nominees

By Educator Last Name:

NYC 2016 Art Award Recipients by Educator Last Name

By School:

NYC 2016 Art Award Recipients by School

Congratulations to everyone who submitted to the Awards!  The jurors were overwhelmed with the passion, insight, creativity, and personality of this year’s submissions.

All Awards recipients will receive an email detailing certificate, ceremony, and exhibition details.  If you have any questions please email tendo@artandwriting.org.

All Gold Key and Silver Key recipients in grades 7-12 will be invited to be honored at the Regional Ceremony, which will take place at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School on Sunday, March 13st.

All Gold Key recipients from grades 9-12 will be invited to choose one Gold Key-awarded work for The 2016 NYC Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition, which will take place…at the Metropolitan Museum of Art!! You may drop off your artwork on Thursday, February 4th, 10:00 am-7:00 pm, Friday, February 5th, 10:00 am-7:00 pm, or Saturday, February 6th, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Due to space limitations, Gold Key artwork from students in grades 7-8 will be displayed digitally.

Regional Gold Key works will automatically be considered for national recognition. National Medalists will be announced on Monday, March 14, 2016. Students and educators can log into their accounts at www.artandwriting.org to find if they’ve received a National Medal.

Stay tuned for your notification email for more details.

Congrats NYC!

Today (12/16) is NYC Submission Deadline

NYC Educators and Students,

Tomorrow December 16th is the deadline for submissions. Student work must be uploaded by 11:59 pm.

SUBMISSION FORMS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY DECEMBER 16th. The best way to ensure that a submission form is postmarked is to personally visit a post office and hand deliver your envelope to a window agent and request that your properly stamped envelope be postmarked to demonstrate compliance with a deadline.

LAST MINUTE RESOURCE: Do not despair if you’re scrambling at the last minute. The James Farley Main Post Office at 421 8th Ave in Manhattan is open until 10 pm.


Does the submission form have to be received by December 16th or postmarked by December 16th? It must be postmarked by December 16th.

Can I hand deliver my submission form(s) to the Scholastic office?  Delivery via snail mail is recommended, however, you may drop off your submission at the reception desk on the 1st floor of the Scholastic Inc. headquarter building at 557 Broadway. It will be staffed until 7 pm.

Does an educator need to sign the submission form? Yes an educator needs to sign the form irrespective of how and when the work being submitted was prepared. Any educator at a student’s school may sign the form.

I have an exigent circumstance. Can the deadline be extended? No. The deadline of 12/16, 11:59 pm is absolute for all NYC students.

Where can I find the submission form? After logging onto artandwriting.org, you’ll see “Welcome to your dashboard”. Below, you’ll see 1. My Profile, 2. My Uploads and 3. Print, Sign & Mail Your Forms, and Pay For Your Submission. To the right there is a button labeled See My Submission Form And Payment Options. Click on that button to generate your submission form.


Girls College Bound Seminar 11.14

Girls College Bound Seminar

November 14 at Parsons School of Design

6 E 16th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY

GWN College Bound Program

This fall, be encouraged to get closer to the college of their dreams! At the College Bound Seminar, girls will learn about applying to college from admissions officers, get an in depth guide on how to pay for college, receive professional advice on writing an effectual essay in their own voice and style, and talk to current college students about what college life is really like!  Learn more here.

Register Now

The seminar is Saturday, November 14, 10 am – 4 pm

at Parsons School of Design, 6 E. 16th Street, 12th floor

Open to all NYC high school girls at no cost

Parents, guardians, mentors, and educators welcome

The deadline for registration is November 4 so spread the word now and encourage students to register early to reserve their spot!


Email college@girlswritenow.org or call 212-336-9330 ext. 915

Girls Write Now is New York’s premier creative writing and mentoring organization for high school girls. GWN College Bound Program


Architecture Open House at Pratt, May 4th or 5th

The Department of Undergraduate Architecture at Pratt Institute together with the Center for Art, Design and Community Engagement K-12 would like to invite you to an Open House on May 4th or May 5th to introduce you to our school and what we teach our college students.

OPEN HOUSE for NYC Public School 9-11th grade students

WHEN: May 4th or May 5th from 4:00-5:30PM

WHERE: Higgins Hall Auditorium, 61 St. James Place, Brooklyn

RSVP: awilson2@pratt.edu with number attending and preferred date

The Undergraduate Architecture Program is a five year First Professional Degree Program which prioritizes professional skills together with inventive design and critical thinking. At Pratt, undergrads learn what architecture means for them over the course of 5 years. Our program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) requiring a minimum of five years of study. Most states require that individuals intending to become architects hold an accredited degree.  Our program continues to be ranked among the top 10 nationally and in the top 5 regionally by Design Intelligence.

SCHEDULE:  May 4th and May 5th  (It is only necessary to attend one)
4:00pm: Welcome from Erika Hinrichs, Chair of Undergraduate Architecture
4:20pm: Tours of current Pratt students’ final design reviews and visit to the design studios
5:00pm: Discussion about portfolio preparation and a Q&A period in auditorium

A representative will also be on hand from the Center for Art, Design and Community Engagement K-12 to discuss the new after-school class in Architecture beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. There will be no cost to attend, and applicants must be entitled to free/reduced lunch to be eligible.

Parents and guidance counselors are welcome but due to limited space must remain in the auditorium during the tours.

Download Open House Flyer HERE

Free Workshop with Illustrator Andrea Dezsö at the Met!

This is a special opportunity for Teens (15-18)!

Community Garden by Andrea Dezso is a permanent public mural decorating the 4 Train's Bedford Park Blvd station in the Bronx
Community Garden by Andrea Dezso is a permanent public mural decorating the 4 Train’s Bedford Park Blvd station in the Bronx

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering a FREE workshop with internationally renowned artist and illustrator, Andrea Dezsö.

ARText: Andrea Dezsö

Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 2pm-5pm

Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

RSVP Required

From the Met’s website:

Meet award-winning artist and illustrator Andrea Dezsö and journey with her into the imaginative, unusual worlds she creates across a broad range of media. Her work has been featured in books, magazines, album covers, and most recently a collection of the classic, haunting fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. Explore Museum spaces throughout the afternoon and then construct your own otherworldly environments.

Take a look at this fancy Book Trailer from Princeton Press: