Welcome Back Students and Educators!
I hope you enjoyed a wonderfully creative summer. Thank you for making 2018 an outstanding year for the NYC Scholastic Awards—because of your support, the NYC region received a record number of submissions from talented teens across the five boroughs. New York City students earned nearly 170 National Medals for their art and writing submissions. Additionally, the art portfolio submitted by Maya Dixon, a New York City senior, was awarded a Gold Medal! I look forward to an even more incredible 2019 Awards season.
The NYC Scholastic Awards will again be administrated by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in partnership with Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. We are also working closely with The Metropolitan Museum of Art to coordinate the exhibition of Gold Key work. I will be in touch during the upcoming months with news about opportunities for students and educators offered by our partners.
Registration for the 2019 Scholastic Awards opened on September 12.
What you Need to Know About the 2019 NYC Scholastic Awards
  • Updated Guidelines: There are changes to the submission guidelines for 2019. Students and educators are strongly recommended to read through the category descriptions and submission guidelines before uploading any work. Students are responsible for submitting their work to the proper category and ensuring it adheres to the guidelines. Visit artandwriting.org/categories for more information.
  • Digitally Upload Signed Submission Forms: Students who submit payment via PayPal may upload their submission form(s) after obtaining the signatures of a parent/guardian and educator instead of mailing or dropping it off.
  • One Earth Award: Four National Medalists whose original art or writing highlights the pressing issues of climate change will receive $1,000 scholarships.
  • ESA Foundation Award for Video Game Design: Two National Medalists who create original video game designs concept OR original playable video games will receive $1,000 scholarships.
  • Make special note of the submission deadline of Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Students are encouraged to submit work early to avoid the stress and complications of waiting until the last minute.

Call for Submissions Posters

To ensure that all creative teens are aware of the opportunity to submit work, the NYC Scholastic Awards mailed Call for Submissions posters to educators to post in visible, well trafficked areas in their learning/creating environments.

Keep Honing Your Craft – Classes for Youth and Teens at The New School
Think big and master the skills and techniques that will set you apart with youth and teen programs at The New School, a partner of the Scholastic Awards. The New School legendary university and hub for artists, designers, writers, scholars, and activists in downtown New York City. Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts offer pre-college programs that allow students to explore creative fields and make new friends in their supportive yet challenging community.
Parsons Pre-College Academy, grades 3-12
  • September 22-December 8, fall 2018 semester
  • January 26-April 13, spring 2019 semester
  • August 5-16, summer 2019 program
Students explore art and design with fun, hands-on projects that immerse them in a range of topics including animation, drawing, digital media art, fashion design, game design, portfolio development, and more.
Parsons Summer Intensive Studies, July 8-26, Ages 16-18
This three-credit program in New York City allows students ages 16-18 to immerse themselves in the art and design college environment. In all studio courses, students develop portfolio pieces for college admission applications and earn transferable credit in art and design.
Lang High School Summer Writing Intensive, July 8-25
This 4-credit course brings high school juniors and seniors together for peer-to-peer collaboration, immersive study, and networking with professionals, artists, and activists. Courses include: Writing in the City and Solutions Journalism.



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