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Mission: The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers provides guidance and support to the next generation of artists and writers. The Alliance provides programs for emerging young artists/writers from all five boroughs of New York City. These programs allow these young people to also participate in the programs the Alliance administers on a national level, providing pathways to national level recognition, a nation-wide peer network, and national resources. Historically, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization, was formed in 1994 to support aspiring young artists and writers. Since 1994 the Alliance has developed activities to provide guidance and support for the next generation of artists and writers by expanding opportunities for emerging artists and writers identified through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards both here in New York City and throughout the country. Since 1923, The Scholastic Awards has encouraged more than 13 million youth participants; recognized more than 2.5 million young artists and writers; and distributed more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. The history of The Awards chronicles early work from some of our nation's most accomplished artists and writers including Richard Anuskiewicz, Harry Bertoia, Mel Bochner, Truman Capote, Paul Davis, Frances Farmer, Red Grooms, Robert Indiana, Tom Otterness, Joyce Maynard, Joyce Carol Oates, Phillip Pearlstein, Peter Beagle, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Jean Stafford, Mozelle Thompson, Ned Vizzini, Andy Warhol, Charles White, Cy Twombly, Robert McCloskey.
In New York City, the Alliance identifies and convenes emerging artists and writers who are striving for excellence into a community driven by creative potential and inspired by peer motivation, and interaction with industry professionals. On a national level, the Alliance brings the creative work that has been juried to be the best in the nation (including nationally recognized New York City Scholastic Award recipients) to a broader audience by producing a series of national events, exhibitions, and publications to honor recipients and to connect them to resources. The Alliance collaborates with organizations like NCTE, NAEA, Americans for the Arts, the International Network of Schools for Advancement in the Arts, and the Arts Education Partnership.
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