Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization, identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Founded in 1923 by Maurice R. Robinson, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the oldest, longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the United States. The Alliance works with nearly 100 regional affiliates across the country to promote the creative development of teens in grades 7 through 12 by connecting them with opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. The Awards have credited with identifying the early promise of notable alumni such as Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Kay WalkingStick, Zac Posen, and Joyce Carol Oates. The entries are evaluated locally and nationally by a panel of jurors comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators, and arts professionals. Annually, the program names more than 1,200 of America's most talented young artists and writers from across the country as National Award recipients, and recognizes over 33,000 students at the regional level. Since the program was founded in 1923, the program has encouraged more than 13 million students; recognized 9 million for their talents; and distributed more than $25 million in awards and scholarships.