The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (aka Gold Key Awards) is a prestigious national competition offered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. These awards recognize the outstanding talent of young artists and writers in public and private schools and in home-schooling programs throughout the United States. Each fall, Harris County Department of Education (HCDE), as regional sponsor for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, conducts the competition for schools and school districts from among the 26 districts in the greater Houston area. After the regional entries are judged by panels of highly qualified jurors, selected pieces are recognized locally, and prizes are awarded to acknowledge exemplary work. Gold Key winners then go on to competition at the national level. In 2010, 36 young artists and writers from Harris County were honored in New York City for earning National Gold or Silver Medals.
As a facet of our community collaborations, WiVLA makes an annual award to both a visual artist and a writer completing their senior year at a regional high school. Two young women are selected through a portfolio competition in conjunction with the HCDE competition. Each receives a $500 award. The recipients and the HCDE coordinator are invited to attend the May general meeting and make presentations about their award-winning creative projects.
The Gold Key Scholarship Award is sometimes supported by individual donors as well as members. Significant supporters in previous years include Debbie Leo in memory of Maxine Leo and Connie Buchanan. If you are interested in supporting this WiVLA scholarship, please use the WiVLA Donor Form.