The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923 and, for nearly a century, have inspired bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country.
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.
There 17 subcategories under art. In 2019, there were over 300,000 works submitted from all over the world. Lian Song won the best 8th-grade award and a gold key under Drawing & Illustration in Colorado (regional competition). Her piece is a colored pencil portrait of her little sister. This same piece then won a gold medal in the national level competition.
The national award ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall, NYC on June 6th. All gold medal-winning art and writing will be on exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.