Civic Expression Award

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients!

Lillian Benkoil, Evelyn DiSalvo, Ashley Hajimirsadeghi, Sydney Jones, Rachel Whitbeck, Nathan Zhao

LILIAN BENKOIL, Dimitrius and Edwin, Photography. Grade 12, Age 17, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, New York, NY. Civic Expression Award

About the Civic Expression Award

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, in partnership with the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, presents a new award for students whose original art or writing demonstrates civic knowledge and skills: the Civic Expression Award. Recipients will be artists or writers whose work highlights and demonstrates awareness of American civic rights and responsibilities.

Throughout history, artists and writers have played a vital role in shaping a more just society by seeking to solve problems on behalf of the public good. As creative and original problem solvers, thinkers, and makers, artists and writers are engaged by the ideas and events that are shaping their community and their world. The art and literature they produce helps shape society’s understanding of important issues. They articulate the world around them and the possibilities of what that world could become.

Civic engagement requires community members to be informed about their rights and responsibilities, to appreciate the history and fundamental processes of American democracy, to recognize and be respectful of different views, and to seek to solve problems on behalf of the public good. The Civic Expression Award, sponsored by the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, recognizes students whose art and writing expresses a vision of the society they are working to build, one that exemplifies democratic values and that allows all voices and viewpoints to be heard and respected.

Six students whose art or writing received a National Medal and promotes responsible civic life will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Download a flyer about this Award to share with students and educators.

About the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

Civic Mission of Schools LogoThe Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools is a coalition of more than 70 national civic learning, education, civic engagement, and business groups committed to improving the quality and quantity of civic learning in American schools. The Campaign’s goal is to increase and improve civic learning in grades K–12 by working for policies that implement the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report. This includes efforts to bring about changes in national, state, and local education policy.