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Jun 16

If You Can Make it Here, You Can Make it Anywhere

Start spreading the news… the Prismacolor team was in the city that never sleeps recently to be a part of the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in beautiful Carnegie Hall. Talk about hitting the big time!

Fine Art Consumer Specialist, Diana, filled us in on every New York minute. From the winners to the presenters, this one’s a showstopper!

Read all about it!

When Sheryl, Senior Brand Marketing Director, and I crossed the bridge into Manhattan we caught our first glimpse of the Empire State Building and our excitement began to build. 

Welcome to New York!

We headed to Carnegie Hall for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Ceremony and luckily arrived early enough to visit the Rose Museum, where the students sat preparing for the evening program of awards. 

We made it!

Scholastic Magazine founded the Art and Writing awards 90 years ago to honor talented students and encourage them to further their studies in writing and the visual arts.  Richard “Dick” Robinson, CEO, generously entertained us with the history of the awards, which coincidentally is also a love story!  

Robinson’s parents actually met through Scholastic. His mother was a Scholastic award winner in 1927 and was then later hired by the company. It was there that she met and married M.R. Robinson, founder of Scholastic, in 1920. Richard owes his very existence to Scholastic!! 

His motto of “Read every day to lead a better life” and “Believe in creativity” have been the focus of this organization since he succeeded his father in 1982 as Chairman of the Board, and these awards celebrate just that.

For those of you that are not familiar, the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers presents the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards each year.  One-hundred-and-seven affiliate regional contests are held around the country throughout the year.  Students in high schools, parochial schools, and home schools, grades 7-12,  are eligible to submit their best work at the beginning of the year.  Winning entrants receive bronze, silver and gold keys, and the gold key entries then move on to NYC for the final judging.

2011 Senior Finalists

 This year, 185,000 pieces of art in 29 categories, including; Architecture, Ceramic and Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Game Design, Art Portfolio, Photography Portfolio, Dramatic Script, Humor, Journalism, Novel Writing, Personal Essay/ Memoir, Persuasive Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Story, Extra Short Story, General Writing Portfolio, and Nonfiction Portfolio were submitted . Of those, 800 finalists exhibiting the most originality, technical skill, and creative vision were chosen to fill the main floor of Carnegie hall for one amazing night.  As their parents and teachers filled the balconies, the Mayor of NYC declared May 31 officially The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Day! 

John Baldessari, Alumni Achievement Honoree and artist, spoke of his experience as an artist and said that he would have never become an artist if someone had not told him,” You should become and artist.”  It changed his life. 

Tony Hawk, champion skateboard athlete, said, “Dream your dream, nothing is impossible”- and he skated across Carnegie Hall!  It was an exciting and inspiring evening for all.

Below are just a few photos from the gala exhibit. Prismacolor is proud to be a 2012 sponsor and acknowledge our talented young artists and the bright futures that lie ahead for them!

For more information on the Art and Writing Awards visit, www.artandwriting.org!


Congratulations to all of the winners! Do you remember that first moment when you knew you had found your passion?

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