Enter the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Teens Grades 7-12 (age 13 and up) in the Central Coast and Northern California Area are invited by the Pacific Grove Art Center to enter to win one of the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Did you know that Andy Warhol, Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, all won one of these awards?

October, 2021. Pacific Grove, CA.  Our Central Coast teen youth in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) throughout much of Central and Northern California*, are cordially invited to share their art and unlock valuable opportunities!

The Pacific Grove Art Center (PGAC), which manages the California Central Coast Art Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, invites any student in 8th – 12th grades to enter to win a prestigious award, scholarship, and enjoy being part of an exhibition and receiving outstanding recognition.

Pacific Grove Art Center is proud to again be the Art Affiliate and Central Coast Manager of the The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, presenter of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This important competition identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience.

To enter, students can go to https://www.artandwriting.org.

The submission due date for the California Central Coast Art Region is Friday, December 10th at 8:59 pm.

Once the awards are determined, there will be a ceremony and exhibition of the winners from the California Central Coast Art Region at the Pacific Grove Art Center. Last year, there were over 800 winners from this region.

According to Adrianne M. Jonson, PGAC Board President/Chair, “The Central Coast is filled with a diverse and eclectic demographic of students. From the farmlands in Salinas to Silicon Valley, there is artistic potential in all of them, and the passion and support for the arts is prevalent in most communities here. Every area finds a significant and relevant way to make the arts a part of their lives and communities. The people of the Central Coast understand the importance of the arts in their lives, and we at the Pacific Grove Art Center are very excited to be affiliated with the Scholastic Awards and the opportunities they provide for the students on the Central Coast.”

*Below is the list of Counties that are covered, or partially covered, by this region: Alameda County, Alpine County, Amador County, Calaveras County, Contra Costa County, El Dorado County, Fresno County, Madera County, Marin County, Mariposa County, Merced County, Mono County, Monterey County, Napa County, Sacramento County, San Benito County, San Francisco County, San Joaquin County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Solano County. Sonoma County, Stanislaus County and Tuolumne County.


Established in 1923 by Maurice R. Robinson, the founder of Scholastic Inc., the Awards are the

longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers across America

and one of the largest sources of scholarships for young artists and writers. The Awards have an

impressive roster of notable Alumni, including Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick,

Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol.


 In 2021, nearly 230,000 works of art and writing were submitted by more than 80,000 students

to regional programs across the country. Students and their educators were recognized in

their communities with nearly 70,000 regional awards, and at the national level, nearly 2,000

National Medals were awarded and more than 1,700 students were celebrated during the virtual

National Ceremony.




Although not every Award includes a cash reward, there are many opportunities for scholarships.

Each year the Alliance presents $10,000 each to 16 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients, and $1,000 to 30 Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio recipients. The Alliance also partners with dedicated funders to offer creative challenges and additional direct scholarships.


In addition, the Alliance partners with select colleges and universities to earmark scholarships for

Awards recipients. We send a special announcement listing all graduating National Medalists to

these schools.


The Scholastic Awards Summer (SAS) Scholarship Program invites students in grades 7–11 with a Gold or Silver Key to apply for a need- and merit-based scholarship to attend a summer art or

writing program.


Scholarship Partners

Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and

scholarships. In 2021, the Alliance offered students more than $300,000 in direct scholarships.

Additionally, their Scholarship Partner Network, which comprises partnering colleges, universities, and related scholarship organizations, offered National Medalists nearly $5 million in scholarships.



Other Programs


National Student Poets Program


The National Student Poets Program—a collaboration with the Institute of Museum and Library

Services—links five National Student Poets with audiences and neighborhood resources such as

museums, libraries, and other community anchor institutions.




The Alliance and its regional Affiliates exhibit top works in museums, galleries, and arts

institutions across the country, including the New York City regional exhibition, hosted by

the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the annual National Exhibition; and our nationwide

traveling exhibition.




The Alliance publishes selections from the Awards in its annual publications, Yearbook, Best Teen

Art, and Best Teen Writing, which are distributed free of charge to schools and libraries nationwide

and available online at flipsnack.com/artandwriting.




The Alliance works with partners across the country to present workshops led by professional

artists and writers. Recent workshop topics include political cartooning, sponsored by The

Herb Block Foundation, and grief and growth through creativity, sponsored by the New York

Life Foundation.


Educator Resources and Opportunities


The Alliance creates guides to help educators facilitate discussions about art and writing in

their classrooms and provide critical-thinking activities. In addition, the Alliance provides

career-development opportunities by placing select Awards educators in Kenyon Review's

Writers Workshop for Teachers and in the GOLDEN Artist Colors painting residency.


Alumni Engagement

Through a competitive annual program, the Alliance offers $1,000 microgrants that support

creative and community projects undertaken by Awards alumni. The Alliance also organizes

events to engage its alumni throughout the year.


About The Alliance


The Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides creative teens with opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships through the Awards in partnership with approximately 100 regional Affiliate Partners—school districts, museums, colleges and universities, libraries, and other educational organizations. Students in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) residing in the United States, U.S. territories or military bases, or Canada may submit work in the following 28 categories:


Architecture & Industrial Design

Art Portfolio

Ceramics & Glass

Comic Art

Critical Essay


Digital Art

Dramatic Script

Drawing & Illustration

Editorial Cartoon

Regional and National Awards


At the regional level, works earn Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key distinction. Gold Key work advances to the national level; at this level works can earn Gold, Silver with Distinction, and Silver Portfolio, and Gold and Silver Medal.


Notable national jurors have included Edward Sorel, Wangechi Mutu, Edwidge Danticat,

Billy Collins, Nikki Giovanni, and Andres Serrano. Jurors look for works that best exemplify

originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. All work is judged

without knowledge of the student’s gender, age, or hometown.


About Pacific Grove Art Center

The purpose of the Pacific Grove Art Center is to cultivate the arts within the Monterey Peninsula area by providing creative experiences that inspire and engage us, touch our hearts, challenge our minds and enrich our lives.

The Pacific Grove Art Center has four Exhibit Galleries: Nadine Annand, David Henry Gill, Elmarie Dyke and Louise Cardeiro Boyer. It features a variety of art forms including Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Encaustic, Fabric Arts, Mixed Media and more.  Exhibits change every other month celebrated with a First Friday New Exhibit Opening and a First Friday Gallery Night (pre-COVID).

The Pacific Grove Art Center also features seventeen Professional Artist Studios, Art and Movement classes for adults, After School, Summer, Weekend and art classes for kids 8 – 17 (including some scholarship opportunities), creative opportunities for teens, and music, food and cultural events are held throughout the year. PGAC is also the home of the Peninsula Ballet Center. The beautiful historic galleries are available to rent for a special occasion.

Since 1969, Pacific Grove Art Center has been a community-based nonprofit seeking to enhance art appreciation and encourage the creation of art. With the desire to have art available to everyone, PGAC has held low-cost classes, free exhibits, and offered reduced rent for artist’s studios for over 50 years. Both emerging and established artists are professionally shown in their historic galleries, and large group shows can provide the first step into the art world for many. Through generous donations, grants, and hundreds of volunteer hours, the Pacific Grove Art Center continues its mission today.

All donations are deeply appreciated, especially during these continued challenging times. Become a member and receive the informative newsletter keeping you in the loop of all the community events, exhibit openings and cultural offerings they have to share.

The Pacific Grove Art Center, located at 568 Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, is open Wednesday – Friday from Noon to 5 pm and Saturday from Noon to 4 pm. For more information, call 831-375-2208, email [email protected] or go to the website, www.pgartcenter.org.