Arts Education
Mid-Carolina Region Scholastic Art Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have celebrated 80 years as a unique presence in our nation's classrooms by identifying and documenting outstanding achievement of young artists and writers in the visual and literary arts.

Each year, 250,000 students in grades 7 through 12 participate through regional programs and 50,000 students receive regional awards and exhibition opportunities.  More than 30,000 entries qualify for national adjudication, and 1,100 young artists and writers across the country receive national awards.

By recognizing the most outstanding art and writing from secondary students, The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, which sponsors the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, seek to inspire excellence and to help launch the next generation of artists and writers on their creative journey.  These students will join the long-standing tradition of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards which annually celebrates the creative spirit of young people who are the voice and vision of tomorrow.

The Alliance is supported by the grassroots efforts of ninety local partners, called regional affiliates, serving thirty-seven states.  Regional affiliates conduct their own exhibitions of student artwork and readings of student writing.  Each year, more than 50,000 young artists, writers, and their teachers are recognized in their own communities through the regional affiliate of The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

 2011 Mid-Carolina Region Scholastics Highlights.pdf

The Mid-Carolina Region is comprised of Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Surry, Union, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties and is administered by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Arts Education Department.  Public and private schools in these counties are eligible to enter the competition.

There will be a processing fee of $5.00 for each individual entry and $20.00 per portfolio entry.  This fee provides an earned income stream for both the regional program and the national office that is based on participation and directly related to the expenses of handling each entry. Art works entered into the competition are judged on originality, technical skill and personal style/expression.  Gold Keys are awarded to outstanding pieces of artwork and advance to the National Competition.  Works can receive silver keys or honorable mention status.

The judges top five pieces in art and writing receive American Vision/American Voice Regional Nomination status.  All five are entered in the national competition where a district winner is selected.

To see the 2007 Scholastics Gold Keys Presentation go to the documents page.