We are excited to announce our new Summer Art Residency and Summer Writing Residency! Spend 3 weeks this summer in an immersive art or writing residency on one of the premier arts campuses in the US. Participate in classes, workshops, evening tours, lectures, and events that will stretch you as an artist or writer. The residency concludes with an art and reading show and a portfolio review. Priority will be given to students who have participated in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Applications are currently being accepted.
Students who received a Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention for their submission to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Iowa or Midwest Regions) were invited to our Scholastic Celebration!
We are very pleased to announce that the Belin-Blank Center and Assistant Director for Student Services Jan Warren received the 2016 Gold Key for Excellence in the Field award from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This award is given annually to an Affiliate Partner organization that demonstrates extraordinary dedication to creative young people, perseveres through challenges over time, and expands the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program to reach more participants.
Virginia McEnerney, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, presented the award to Ms. Warren during the annual celebration of national award winners in New York City. “The Alliance selected you and the Belin-Blank Center to receive this Award because the organization has gone above and beyond basic program requirements to provide additional opportunities for creative teenagers in the state of Iowa, as well as the thousands of students in the greater Midwest who do not have the same local opportunities for recognition.”
This past year, the Belin-Blank Center processed and adjudicated almost 10,000 pieces of art and writing from nearly 7,000 students. In addition to the awards process, the Center has engaged community partners to provide additional scholarship opportunities and developed a blog (Freehand) for young artists and writers. Students may begin submitting works for the coming year in September.
Our December newsletter is out, featuring everything from bunny slippers to webinars!
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It’s hot off the (virtual) presses and full of updates from the Belin-Blank Center: belinblank.org/newsletter
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We are excited to announce a new blog by and for the students in the Iowa and Midwest Regions of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program. Freehand: Midwest Scholastic at the Belin-Blank Center will explore the creative process, spotlight our artists and writers, and introduce you to the people and programs at the Belin-Blank Center. Go to freehandmw.wordpress.com to read and see more. Be sure to visit the blog’s menu and sign up to receive an email notification every time there’s a new Freehand post!