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

FREE Poetry Workshops at the Climate Museum

Free poetry workshop opportunity through Climate Speaks, a youth spoken-word training program and competition in New York City presented by the Climate Museum. All current high school students in the New York Metropolitan area are eligible to apply, and registration is free.

Climate Speaks kicks off with climate change and poetry workshops beginning March 24. For more information, please contact the Climate Museum directly at info@climatemuseum.org.

CLIMATESPEAKS.ORG

 

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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NYC Poet Laureate Deadline is 11/1

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.

Take advantage of this awesome opportunity today!

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.

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.

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.