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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your specific issue/concern.
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
The NYC Youth Poet Laureate is a program that celebrates young poets who are interested in making a social impact. The winner of the Youth Poet Laureate Program will win a book deal to publish a book with Penmanship Books, a chance to build a platform around a political/social/community issue of their choice, and a chance to become the National Youth Poet Laureate.
NYC Youth Poet Laureates have gone on to perform on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, at Mayor Bill De Blasio’s inauguration, and at a poetry jam hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Youth Poet Laureate application is due Tues. November 1st. If you are at all interested, I encourage them to apply. If you have questions, please contact José Olivarez of Urban Word NYC. You can find the application here.
Finalists will be announced on November 15th, and The NYC Youth Poet Laureate Finals will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2017 at The Bryant Park Branch of the New York Public Library.
Here is a video of 2015 New York City Youth Poet Laureate, Crystal Valentine, to inspire you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPEdcr_XePk.
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!
- Larry Brown – NAACP ACT-SO
- Kiera Bono – Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
- Mahogany L. Browne – Cave Canem
- Bisa Butler – NJ Artist & Educator
- Christian Caraballo – Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medalist (Art Portfolio)
- Trace De Pass – Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medalist (Writing Portfolio)
- Jocquelyn Downs – Writopia
- Roberto Jamora – School of Visual Arts
- Jose Jesus de Gil and Jessica Walker – Parsons School of Design
- Jamilah Lemieux – Essence Magazine
- Hayley Palmatier – Ashcan Studio of Art
- Weslie Turner – Scholastic Inc.
- Deimosa Webber-Bey – Scholastic Inc.
- Pinky Weber – Independent Illustrator and Graphic Designer
Another thank you to the awesome people who received students in their place of work:
- Jill Braaten – Getty Images
- Bridget Bogee – Getty Images
- Katie Calhoun – Getty Images
- Mike Coppola – Getty Images
- Jamilah Lemieux – Essence Magazine
- Miguel Luciano – NYC Artist & Educator
- Lindsay Morris – Getty Images
- Lauren Steel – Getty Images
- Allen Stephens – Getty Images
- Louise Story – The New York Times
- Hannah Yang – The New York Times
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.