2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
National Ceremony and Benefit Dinner

From 2nd left to right, 2nd row, Tracy K. Smith, 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, writer and producer Tina Fey, Chairman and CEO of Scholastic Richard Robinson, fashion designer Zac Posen, astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz and Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Rose Byrne, are pictured with Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

On June 6, we experienced something truly special at Carnegie Hall. Surrounded by proud parents, committed educators, and generous supporters, we gathered to celebrate 800 of the country’s most remarkable creative teens at the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony and Benefit Dinner. Even by Carnegie Hall’s legendarily high standard, it was a breathtaking assembly of talent.

I started as Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers one month ago. But nothing over these past few weeks could have prepared me for this year’s celebration. Of course, the evening was star-studded, and we are grateful to friends like Tina Fey, Rose Byrne, Zac Posen, Alumni Achievement Award Honoree Lucianne Walkowicz, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, and filmmaker and Awards Alumnus Max Joseph for helping to make the night so special. More than anything, though, I want to celebrate this year’s Awards recipients for giving us hope, showing us beauty, challenging us, and calling us to action. These extraordinary teens are the future of American art and letters.

Thank you. Because of generous supporters like you, young people all over the country will receive the recognition and encouragement that can change their lives.

I welcome you to revisit highlights of the festivities on our Flickr and Facebook pages. I hope to see you at next year’s Ceremony!

Yours very truly,

Christopher Wisniewski
Executive Director