Sarah Jessica Parker and Alumni Honoree Zac Posen Celebrate Teen Winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Carnegie

 Sarah Jessica Parker and Alumni Honoree Zac Posen Celebrate Teen Winners of
             the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall

Ceremony includes video messages from First Lady Michelle Obama and Scholastic
Awards alumna Lena Dunham

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, May 22, 2013

NEW YORK, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --On Friday, May 31 at Carnegie Hall,
actress and arts advocate Sarah Jessica Parker and fashion designer Zac Posen
will share the spotlight with the talented teens who received national honors
in the 90^th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. More than 800  teens from
47 states, along with their families and teachers, are expected to attend the
celebration. There, 15 graduating seniors will receive Portfolio Gold Medals,
the Awards' highest honor, which includes a $10,000 scholarship. For the first
time in the Awards' 90-year history, the ceremony will be webcast live so
people across the nation can share in the celebration.


Presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the country's longest-running, most
prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teenagers, and
provides students across the country with opportunities for exhibition and
publication of their work. The celebration of this year's winning students and
teachers kicks off May 31, when two giant Times Square screens at 1515
Broadway will promote the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards every two minutes
throughout the day, and the Empire State Building will be lit in gold to honor
the student winners. After the Carnegie Hall ceremony, the Alliance's annual
Gold Key Gala will take place at The Edison Hotel, and on June 1, the Awards'
National Student Exhibition will open at Parsons The New School for Design and
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, showcasing select Award-winning student work.

At the May 31 ceremony at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Parker will congratulate the
students and offer words of encouragement."It takes courage as well as talent
to step out as a writer or an artist, and I'm delighted to have the
opportunity to personally congratulate these outstanding teens," Ms. Parker
said."Finding out that people other than your parents and your teachers truly
believe in your work can validate the courage these teens have shown in
presenting their work to the world, and help to carry them forward into their
lives and their careers."

Mr. Posen will be presented with the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award. "As a
young person, your work is often not understood or appreciated by those
around you, since some people feel you are too young to be a 'real' artist,"
said Mr. Posen. "To receive one of these Awards is an important moment in the
life of a young artist or writer. It shows that someone believes in your work
and sees something of promise in it." Video congratulations will also be
delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama and Girls star and creator Lena Dunham,
an alumna of the Awards. Other notable artists and writers who received a
Scholastic Award when they were in high school include Robert Redford, Andy
Warhol, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Lithgow, Robert Indiana, Ken
Burns, John Baldessari, Truman Capote, John Updike, and Sylvia Plath.

"When you look at the notable list of past winners, it is really clear that
the Scholastic Awards have helped fuel America's creative output since they
were established 90 years ago," said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of
the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. "The founder of the Awards, M.R.
Robinson, who also founded Scholastic Inc., dreamed of a day when teenagers
who are creative would receive the same kind of accolades as teenagers who are
athletic. The Awards strive to do that every year by recognizing talented
teens, first in their local communities and then on a national stage."

The exhibits of winning students' work will be open to the public through June
15; starting in the fall, a traveling exhibit of student work entitled ART.
WRITE. NOW. will visit cities across the United States, ensuring that work by
these outstanding teens is accessible throughout the country. The exhibitions
and accompanying public programs are co-sponsored by the Sheila C. Johnson
Design Center.

2013 marks the 90^th anniversary of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which
attracted more participants than ever before, with more than 230,000
submissions in 28 categories including dramatic script, journalism, humor,
novel-writing and science-fiction, as well as painting, sculpture,
photography, fashion design, film and animation, and video game design. Each
student work was blindly adjudicated, first locally through the 116 affiliates
of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and then nationally by panels of
judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators, and industry
professionals. This year's list of jurors included Edwidge Danticat, Myla
Goldberg, Kurt Andersen, Red Grooms, and Elizabeth Wurtzel, among others.

Works were judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of
personal vision or voice. More than  1,600 outstanding students in grades 7–12
from throughout the nation, as well as students in American schools abroad,
were chosen to receive national medals. Select honors provide students with
cash awards totaling $200,000, and graduating seniors who received national
medals are now eligible for an additional $8.5 million in scholarships from
more than 60 colleges, universities, and art institutes across the country.
The teachers of national winners were also recognized with Awards. A complete
list of the 2013 national winners is available here.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is generously supported by Scholastic
Inc., the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, The New York Times, the Institute for
Museum and Library Services, the President's Committee on the Arts and the
Humanities, Command Web Offset Co., the AMD Foundation, Blick Art Materials,
the National Endowment for the Arts, 3D Systems, New York Life, Bloomberg
L.P., Ovation,, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, the Bernstein
Family Foundation, Duck Tape^®, the New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs, and contributions from numerous other individual, foundation, and
corporate funders. The travelling exhibition is funded in part by a grant from
the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, please visit the
media room.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, identifies
teenagers with exceptional creative talent and brings their remarkable work to
a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Founded in
1923, the Awards is the longest-running, most prestigious program of its kind,
having fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through
recognition, exhibitions and publications. Over the past five years alone,
students have submitted nearly 900,000 pieces of work and more than $25
million has been made available in scholarships and awards to top winning
participants. The Alliance partners with 116 regional affiliates across the
country to bring the program to local communities, and works with a network of
more than 60 colleges and universities to increase the range of scholarship
and award opportunities. With the President's Committee on the Arts and the
Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alliance is a
founding partner of the National Student Poets Program, the country's highest
honor for youth poets, which selects five students exclusively from current
Scholastic Art & Writing Award poetry winners. More information about the
Alliance and its programs can be found at

SOURCE Scholastic Inc.

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