A student proctor calculated as we went. Participation in this program continues to provide a powerful tool for building community, advocating art education, and fostering the creativity of emerging talents.
Today, more than ninety years later, the annual competition has grown to twenty-eight categories of art and writing submitted by 70, students in grades 7 to 12 nationwide and hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards granted. I only remember one entry in the humor category, which I wonder might be a reflection of our times?
Works are judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
The others on my team were the director of an art museum, director of a history museum, a high school art teacher, and I am a sculptor and author.
One story was so tightly and perfectly written, yet seemed so familiar—as though I had read it before, that I felt it should be checked for any sign of imitation. Each work of art and writing is blindly adjudicated, first locally through the more than affiliates of the Alliance, and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators and industry experts.