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90th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards celebration starts TODAY!

button-2013WebcastAfter much anticipation, the national celebration of the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is finally here! The Awards have a rich, 90-year history of celebrating “students who demonstrate superior talent and achievement in things of the spirit and of the mind,” as Maurice R. Robinson (the founder of Scholastic Inc. and the Art & Writing Awards) once put it. Over the past 90 years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions and publications, and the program’s reach only continues to grow. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers–the nonprofit that has presented the Awards since 1994–now partners with 116 regional affiliates across the country to bring the Awards to local communities, and works with a network of more than 60 colleges and universities to increase the range of scholarship and award opportunities.

The national celebration officially kicks off today! All day long, two giant screens at 1515 Broadway in Times Square will feature the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and tonight, the Empire State Building will be lit in gold to honor the student winners.

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Show us how you’re celebrating the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

AW Twibbon 3T-2 days until we begin the national celebration of the 90th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and we couldn’t be more excited! As you might have read in yesterday’s OOM post, teens from across the country are heading to the Big Apple this week to celebrate their artistic and literary accomplishments. On Friday night, many of this year’s Award-winning students will take their place onstage at Carnegie Hall, sharing the spotlight with actress Sarah Jessica Parker and fashion designer Zac Posen (an Awards alumnus!). But no one says you have be in New York City to join in the celebration! As Morgan mentioned in a previous OOM post, this year’s national ceremony will be webcast live in honor of the program’s 90th anniversary, so all across the country, students, parents, and teachers can tune participate in the festivities.

Our friends at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers have put together some great ways for teens, teachers, and parents across the nation to join in the celebration, regardless of where they’re based. We’ve adapted some of their suggestions here:

  • Change your Facebook profile picture

Whether you’re a 2013 Award winner, a proud alum, a parent, a teacher, or simply an arts lover, we invite you to show your support of the Awards by adding this badge to your Facebook profile picture, or by changing your profile picture to the Scholastic Awards’ 90th anniversary logo.

  • Live-tweet the Awards ceremony using #AWawards

Before, during, and after the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall, we want to hear what you’re saying about the Awards! Let us know how you’re celebrating by posting to the Art & Writing Awards’ Facebook page or tweeting at @artandwriting using the hashtag #AWawards. Your tweets might even show up on their webcast page, where they’ll be broadcasting our ceremony LIVE! (Reminder: live webcast is Friday, May 31 at 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT!)

  • Share your NYC experience using #AWLandmarks

If you’re joining us in New York City this weekend, follow the Art & Writing Awards on Instagram (@artandwriting) and share pictures of yourself in spots all over the city using the hashtag #AWLandmarks. (We’d especially love to see you wearing your medals in front of the Empire State Building while it is lit in gold in honor of this year’s Award winners on May 31, in Times Square at 1515 Broadway, where 2 giant screens will feature the Scholastic Awards all day on Friday, or anywhere else you’d like!) And on June 1, keep snapping while you’re at the 2013 ART. WRITE. NOW National Exhibition and Student Showcase. Select snapshots will be featured in a future Alliance for Young Artists & Writers blog post!

  • Enter to win a 3D printer

If you’re planning to host a webcast viewing party in your hometown, be sure to post a photo of it to the Awards’ Facebook page! Your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a FREE 3D printer from 3D Systems (who partners with the Awards), valued at $1300!

We know there are hundreds of talented teens who submitted art and writing to the Awards this year, and we thank you for sharing your passion and creativity with us! Congratulations to all the winners! Can’t wait to celebrate with you on Friday!

2013 National Celebration

Sarah Jessica Parker and Zac Posen will help celebrate the 90th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

Students will celebrate their accomplishments at Carnegie Hall on May 31!
Students will celebrate their accomplishments at Carnegie Hall on May 31!

2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teenagers. Established in 1923 by M.R. Robinson–the founder of Scholastic Inc.–the Awards are now administered by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and continue to provide students across the country with opportunities for exhibition and publication of their work.

With more than 230,000 submissions, this year’s Scholastic Awards attracted more participants than ever before, and next week, more than 800 of the 1,600+ talented teens who received national honors will make their way to New York City to attend the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall. There, the students will share the spotlight with actress and arts advocate Sarah Jessica Parker and fashion designer Zac Posen, who won a Scholastic Award in 1999 and will be presented with the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award. To top it all off, First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Lena Dunham of Girls (also an Awards alumna) will offer their congratulations via video. Plus–as if this news could possibly get more exciting–the Carnegie Hall ceremony will be webcast live in honor of the Awards’ 90th anniversary so that people across the nation can share in the celebration! For more information on how to register for the live webcast–or to hold an Awards viewing party in your hometown–check out this guest post from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

The national celebration kicks off on May 31 when two giant Times Square screens at 1515 Broadway will feature the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards throughout the day, and the Empire State Building will be lit in gold to honor the student winners. That evening, national medalists and their teachers will be honored at world-famous Carnegie Hall, and the following day, the Awards’ National Student Exhibition will open at Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Manhattan Gallery. Select Award-winning student art and writing will be on display through June 15, 2013, and starting in the fall, a traveling exhibit of student work entitled ART. WRITE. NOW. will visit cities across the United States. (The exhibition and accompanying public programs are co-sponsored by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design.) You can view examples of this year’s Award-winning artwork here.

Be sure to join in the national celebration via social media by following the Art & Writing Awards on their Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, Tumblr, and blog. (Don’t forget to use the hashtag #AWAwards!)

Congratulations to all the winners and students across the country who submitted their art and writing this year. We can’t wait to celebrate your accomplishments next week!

For the first time ever, YOU can watch the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Awards Ceremony!

alliancewebcastEach year, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers awards teens from across the country. The National Awards winners travel to New York City for a breathtaking awards ceremony. (You can see some amazing examples of the award-winning work right here.) Alana Benoit from the Alliance is here with some news about this year’s event — which is also the 90th anniversary of the Awards!

For the first time ever, in celebration of our 90th Anniversary, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will webcast the 2013 National Awards Ceremony LIVE from Carnegie Hall on May 31 at 6:00 p.m. EST/3:00 p.m. PST. That means YOU can join in! We’re working hard to make this event extra special for everyone, including those who are unable to be at Carnegie Hall. We’re broadcasting this event with all of you in mind!

On May 31, we will be joined by special guests Sarah Jessica Parker and Zac Posen to honor National Awards winners from across the country; recognizing their achievement and the commitment of teachers, friends and supporters that help make the Awards possible. We hope you’ll share this incredible moment with us by watching the Ceremony on our Webcast page.

You can also salute these talented students and engage your community around this one-time only event by hosting a Local Webcast Celebration! We’ve created a toolkit overflowing with fun tips and ideas to make planning a local event a success, no matter how large or small. If you have questions while reviewing this guide or organizing your event, email us at webcast@artandwriting.org. And be sure to tweet about the Awards and our 90th Anniversary Webcast using the hashtag #AWawards!

We’re continually inspired by the work we do and are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate the creative talents of young people.

We hope you’ll join us — from New York City with love!

Get ready to decode history!

What do you get when you mix David Baldacci, The 39 Clues, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History? One amazing virtual field trip!

Today we announced that bestselling author David Baldacci will lead a free virtual field trip to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.! “Decoding History” will air on March 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT, and will explore some of American history’s greatest mysteries.

The best part? The virtual field trip will be globally accessible for free on www.scholastic.com/decodinghistory. Classrooms everywhere can participate, getting behind-the-scenes tours and insights into some of the most fascinating artifacts in the Smithsonian’s national collections:

  • The Lewis and Clark compass? (an object that is featured in Baldacci’s 39 Clues book) Check!
  • Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch? Check!
  • The Star-Spangled Banner? Check!

If you join this virtual field trip you’ll also get to meet renowned museum curators (who, let’s face it, have pretty awesome jobs) and explore some of the most mysterious moments and intriguing questions in American history. (Just who was it that left a secret message in Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch?) And, calling all teachers: the contents of the webcast will help you address the “Speaking & Listening” Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts.

The webcast coincides with the publication of David Baldacci’s new book for young readers, The 39 Clues®: Cahills vs. Vespers: Day of Doom, the latest title in the bestselling and educational Scholastic series, The 39 Clues™. Publishers Weekly has more information, and so too does School Library Journal.

We are so psyched for this virtual field trip. Register here and join us!

Take a virtual field trip this Thanksgiving

Welcome aboard the Mayflower!

We talk a lot about webcasts, including our virtual field trips, and we’ve had some amazing ones over the years. Consistently, though, one of our most popular virtual field trips has to do with Thanksgiving!

So, this year, we’re bringing you the all-new virtual field trip to Plimoth Plantation! The fourth in our popular series, this one gives you a full tour of an exact replica of the Mayflower, that famous ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620 which had 102 passengers, a crew, and two dogs, and spent 66 days at sea before arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

This time of year, classrooms across the U.S. are learning all about that part of American history, and they’re talking about what kinds of food and drink the Pilgrims consumed on board the Mayflower, whether they really landed on Plymouth Rock, and — a favorite question from kids — what kinds of games the children on the ship played. In this new, 20-minute virtual field trip, they will find out as Master of Ship Peter Arenstam –- with the help of historical interpreters playing Pilgrims -– describes the famous, arduous voyage.

Check out the virtual field trip of The Mayflower right here! If you’re planning on showing this in your classrooms, feel free to tweet us a pic!

A big (RED) day for reading with Taylor Swift!

Trey Morgan interviews Taylor Swift for a live webcast at Scholastic, October 24, 2012

Yesterday, we welcomed Taylor Swift to Scholastic headquarters for an inspiring, rockin’ webcast that was delivered directly into classrooms across the world! Taylor Swift: Read Every Day focused on the power of books and reading and featured the award-winning musician and our host, Z100 radio personality Trey Morgan, live in front of hundreds of NYC-area school kids — and, of course, the millions of students who participated across the world.

The webcast replay is now available right here, so if you and your students missed it, we recommend checking it out to hear Taylor’s thoughts on the books she’s loved, where she gets ideas for what to read next, how reading has influenced her writing and her career, and what kinds of stories inspire her. You’ll hear gems like this: “I think it’s important to read as many kinds of books as you possibly can,” Taylor told students, from short to long, easy to difficult, fiction to nonfiction — “so you can find out what your favorites are.” And, “I think it is good to read every day, definitely!…I try to read as much as I can.”

Through social media, we were lucky to see reactions from the live webcast coming right from the teachers and students themselves! We pulled them all together right here; meanwhile, here are some of our favorites:

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