What do Scholastic, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, The Philadelphia Writing Project, and Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership all have in common? They all want to give props to young talent making a name for themselves in the visual and literary art worlds.
The 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were held today at The University of the Arts in Levitt Auditorium. This regional awards ceremony was hosted by both The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, which is the regional affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards offered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and The Philadelphia Writing Project.
The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership promotes children learning from and being exposed to rich educational experiences through the arts. PAEP believes students in grades K-12 are “entitled to a comprehensive education in the arts.”
The Philadelphia Writing Project has a mission to “enhance the teaching of writing as a critical tool for learning” in schools throughout the city.
The national nonprofit organization, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, has appreciated the works of young people for more than 85 years. The organization’s history began with the founder of Scholastic magazine, Maurice “Robby” Robinson, who felt young creative minds deserved recognition.
This year, nearly 300 entries were submitted for well deserved recognition and after being judged by professional writers and artists, some extraordinary pieces were selected for American Vision and Voices Gold Key Nominations, Gold Key Awards in Visual and Literary Arts, Silver Key Awards in Visual and Literary Arts, as well as Visual and Literary Arts Honorable Mentions.
These children “demonstrated remarkable creative discipline and energy” and as a result were acknowledged in front of family, friends and peers for their talent and effort.
Once there was a 9-year-old girl who insisted she must publish her first book before she grew up.
Congratulations to that slightly older girl on receiving 6 Silver Key Literary Awards for her poetry.
You’re well on your way Delani Neal!
Look here for more information about the organization involved:
Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership
The Philadelphia Writing Project