Please join us in celebrating the talented teens across the State of Maryland who are recipients of the 2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards — the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious creative teen recognition program for students in grades 7–12. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for exhibition, publication, scholarships, and more.
BOPA serves as the Maryland regional affiliate for this competition, which means we oversee the important task of collecting and evaluating submissions at the regional level. It's a big job: This year, 1,667 teens from Baltimore and the surrounding region submitted 4,200 works of visual and literary art — up from 1,300 teens submitting 3,000 works last year.
All works are blindly judged by local visual artists, novelists, poets, playwrights, educators, and editors. Each piece is judged based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice. Award recipients receive a Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention. Gold Keys are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the Scholastic Awards.
VIEW NATIONAL MEDALISTS OF THE SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS
VIEW GOLD & SILVER KEYS & HONORABLE MENTIONS
Regional Awards Ceremony
March 12, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). Painter and fiber artist Stephen Towns and children's author Katherine Marsh will serve as keynote speakers for this event.
The Scholastic Awards requires year-round engagement with schools, educators, arts organizations, and students. BOPA staff goes above and beyond to ensure that we are supporting the next generation of visual artists and writers.
Watch 2022 awards show here.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a one-on-one or group information session, please contact Twi McCallum, Arts Education Specialist at Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, email@example.com.