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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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.

Free Artwork Photoshoot & Personal Statement Workshop

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Best Light Free Photoshoot & Personal Statement Workshop on Nov. 14th

Best Light is a free photoshoot event for all students in NYC who are planning to apply for a Scholastic Art & Writing Award. The deadline for submitting an application to the Scholastic Awards of New York City is Wednesday, December 16, 2015. In order to apply for this award, students must capture digital images of their work and upload them via Scholastic’s online system. In an effort to have your work seen in the best light, Parsons and The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers are partnering to give you an opportunity to have your work photographed.

The photoshoot will be hosted on Saturday, November 14th at Parsons. You can request your fifteen-minute time slot by registering for a ticket through this page. This is a free event but registration is required. Students are invited to bring up to 8 artworks to be photographed. Equipment will be available to photograph 2D (drawings, paintings, etc.) as well as 3D (sculpture, ceramics, etc.) works. Each student’s photographs will be transferred to an individual USB stick that they can take with them following the photoshoot. Click here to register.

Personal Statement Workshop (1-2pm) is a free event for all students in NYC who are planning to apply for a Scholastic Art & Writing Award. The writing workshop will be hosted on Saturday, November 14th at Lang. Participants will complete a short writing activity and followed by a dedicated space to ask questions about personal statements and writing exercises. Students are invited to bring personal statements they are currently working on, but it is not required. Click here to register.

A representative from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers will be available to answer questions about the application process for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Representatives from The New School will be available to answer any questions about admissions and financial aid.



Emoti-Con Design Fellow Applications Due January 9th!

Our pals at Parsons are accepting applications to become a Parsons Emoti-Con Design Fellow!

What does this mean?

Emoti-Con is the annual NYC Youth Digital Media & Technology Challenge. The Emoti-Con! Design Fellows are the youth who make Emoti-Con happen! Design Fellows work on graphic design projects (signs, t-shirts, flyers), post on social media to spread the word and get people excited, and help teens get prepared to participate. They also help plan the day, coming up with ideas for everything from swag and giveaways to what speakers should be on the stage. On the day of Emoti-Con, the Design Fellows are the greeters, MCs, and show-runners, and create a brand-new game or design challenge every year that every single person who comes to Emoti-Con participates in! (Note: The Emoti-Con Design Fellows program used to be called “A-Team.”)Emoti-Con group

What do you have to do?

-Be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in NYC!

-Commit to attending 9-11 of the Free Saturday sessions at Parsons The New School for Design January 31-April 18 (except March 28), from 10:00am-1:00pm.

What’s in it for you? (In addition to knowing that you are totally awesome and you have been part of something AMAZING, you will…)

* gain experience in graphic design, game design, event planning, and public speaking from a Parsons instructor — all great skills for college applications, job applications, and life!
* meet awesome teens from across NYC!
* be able to request a transcript you can use for college applications, which will say that you completed a Parsons Pre-College Academy class!
* receive a letter of recommendation from the instructor that you can use for college applications!

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Applications are due January 9th, 2015.

Applications & more information available here!

Take a look at past the Emoti-Cons and learn about the cool projects teens are creating that positively affect the world around them here!


Best Light: Free Art Photo Shoot for the 2015 NYC Scholastic Awards


Every year the NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards receive over 4,000 art submissions from NYC teens.  Each piece of art is judged by a panel of professional artists using the student’s digital submission – a photograph!  Parsons The New School For Design and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers want you to feel confident that your photograph represents your artwork at its best, hence the first ever Best Light, a free 2015 NYC Scholastic Awards Art Photo Shoot!

Parsons will have professional photographers on hand to photograph your work for submission.  All students submitting to the 2015 NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Deadline, Dec. 17th, 2014) are encouraged to attend.

parsons-the-new-school-for-design-logo-61dtuatuThis is a free opportunity.  Please RSVP HERE.

Best Light: Free Artwork Photoshoot Event for Students

Sat. Nov. 8th, 2014 from 1pm-5pm

Parsons The New School For Design

2 W 13th St RM 701, New York, NY 10011

What to bring: 1. Your art! 2D or 3D pieces are welcome.  You are allowed to bring up to 12 pieces  2. A thumb drive.  (If you are unable to bring a thumb drive, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers will have some on hand.)

What to expect: RSVP here for a 15 minute time slot.  Parsons will be providing two stations manned by professional photographers.

What you get: A high quality digital photograph ready for uploading to the Online Registration System for submission to the 2015 NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!IMG_5214

Want to improve your art portfolio? Help is here.


Our pals at Parsons The New School For Design are hooking up with some other big names in the NYC art scene to bring a wonderful opportunity to High School junior and senior visual artists.

More info below, and through this link.

Portfolio Redefined is for high school juniors and seniors who are preparing an art and design portfolio for college admission as well as members of their families who would like to learn more about art degrees and college readiness.portfolio redefined

Join Parsons, Museum of Arts and Design, Ashcan Studio and the Joan Mitchell Foundation for a portfolio development day on October 11, 2014. Hands-on “how to” sessions will guide students in workshopping ideas for building a competitive application and portfolio for colleges of your choice while finding inspiration to kick-start your portfolio.

Parents are invited to attend sessions that review how students can turn a passion for art into a successful college major and career.   College representatives, arts professionals and students from art and design colleges will lead us in the day’s activities. RSVP here.

Student Workshops will include:

  • Portfolio strategies from artists and students
  • Best practices for digital documentation
  • Artist statement writing
  • Group portfolio reviews (bring a sampling of your artwork to share)


Parent Workshops will include: 
  • Overview of art & design majors and careers
  • Financial aid: What is it and how do we access it?

*A breakfast snack, a bag lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided for students and family members at the event.

*Students should bring a sample of 4-6 samples of your artwork to be reviewed for feedback.