The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

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In this episode, we're talking about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Created in 1923 by Scholastic founder Maurice R. "Robbie" Robinson, the program has a noteworthy roster of past winners, including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, and Joyce Carol Oates, among many others. We sat down with the Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Virginia McEnerney, Scholastic CEO Dick Robinson, and two 2016 Gold Medal Portfolio Recipients, Razan Elbaba and Alex Zhang. 

Guests:

  • Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Virginia McEnerney
  • Scholastic CEO Dick Robinson
  • Razan Elbaba, 2016 Gold Medal Portfolio Recipient, Photography
  • Alex Zhang, 2016 Gold Medal Portfolio Recipient, Poetry

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Special thanks:

  • Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
  • Sound mix and editing by Daniel Jordan
  • Produced by Megan Kaesshaefer