I've long admired the non-profit within Scholastic Publishing called the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Each year, they host an exhibit entitled Art.Write.Now in Manhattan. This year in honor of hitting a 90 year (!) mark, there are two exhibition spaces, one at Parsons the New School and the other at Pratt Manhattan Gallery. The show is comprised of work - painting, drawing, sculpture- put forth by a remarkably talented group of teens who receive national recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
About the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: "The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. They have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. In the last five years alone, students submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing, and over $40 million in scholarships and financial aid has been made available to regional and national Awards winners by over 60 partnering top arts institutes and colleges."
If you live in Manhattan or plan on visiting soon, add a trip to Parsons and Pratt Manhattan gallery to your list of cultural destinations. The shows run until the 16th of June and is free and open to the public. Click here for more information and here for a recap of the 2012 Art.Write.Now.