Friday, July 23, 2010

Bringing Teen Artists and Writers into the Spotlight in Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Alliance's main office is located in New York City, but our Regional Affiliates can be found around the country. Here's the scoop on the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, our local partner running the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio.

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has been involved in The Scholastic Art Awards for the last ten years. Starting as an exhibition space for local Scholastic Award-winning work, the Museum’s role expanded in 2004 to become a full-time Affiliate under the dynamic leadership of Max Meyer, Curator of Children and Family Programs and Joslyn Elliott, Director and Associate of K-12 Education. Expansion has been the key word: in its first year, the region received 1,100 individual entries and 20 portfolios. In 2010, they received more than 2,300 individual entries and 70 portfolios.

They have also grown geographically, originally serving 13 counties in Northeast Indiana and now working with 26 counties in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio. Each year, more than 10,000 visitors view The Scholastic Art Awards exhibition at the museum, and many in the community endorse it as one of the best museum highlights. The museum also partners with NIPR (Northeast Indiana Public Radio) to create a radio show featuring the work of American Voices Nominees, read by local actors.

Max and Joslyn emphatically hail the benefits of The Scholastic Awards: “Teachers use their success in The Awards to justify expansion of their programs, get additional equipment and retain their jobs. There are hundreds of stories of kids gaining the respect and pride to pursue their dreams of being creative individuals.” This year, the Northeast Indiana & Northwest Ohio Region continues its upward trend, placing fifth in the nation for most national Medals.

Listen to pieces and excerpts of local and national winning students from Indiana, whose works were read by local actors and featured on Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

Theresa Gunty, Dissection. Download Theresa Gunty - Dissection
Carmen Heredia, Beyond The Border. Download Carmen Heredia - Beyond The Border

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