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Jennifer Garner, Chris Colfer, and Lena Dunham Headline Virtual Ceremony to Honor 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Winners

Jennifer Garner, Chris Colfer, and Lena Dunham Headline Virtual Ceremony to Honor 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Winners

  • Jennifer Garner and more stars join the virtual ceremony to honor the winners of the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Jennifer Garner, Chris Colfer, and Lena Dunham Headline Virtual Ceremony to Honor 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Winners

Golden Globe-winning actress Jennifer Garner (AliasLove, Simon), Golden Globe®-winning actor and New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer (Glee, The Land of Stories series), and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumna Lena Dunham will be joining together to honor the winners of the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers reimagined the ceremony, typically held at Carnegie Hall, to be held virtually on June 4 at 6 p.m. ET on the website: https://www.artandwriting.org/celebrate/

This year’s National Student Poets will read their poetry and additional surprise guests will make appearances, plus the chance to see selections and hear excerpts from award-winning pieces of art and writing, and a special 100th Anniversary tribute to the title sponsor, Scholastic Inc., with beloved New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Dav Pilkey (Dog ManCaptain Underpants) and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games).

“The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have a strong tradition of honoring innovation and creativity among student artists and writers,” said Christopher Wisniewski, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “These young people have produced works that take risks, speak truth to power, find beauty in the mundane, and start crucial conversations about our society. Their accomplishments remind us that no matter what’s going on in the world, the future looks bright. We are proud to honor them with this recognition, hoping that by opening up the ceremony on a virtual stage, the world can share in our congratulations as well.”

This will be the first time the ceremony will be presented online but allows for everyone to tune in and honor the young creatives.

With 320,000 submissions from students in every state in the nation from teens in grades 7-12, nearly 3,000 works of art and writing received national medals in the 2020 Awards. Past recipients of the Awards include Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, John Updike, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, Zac Posen, and Andy Warhol.

More than $300,000 in scholarships go to the top Awards recipients by The Alliance annually. The Alliance also continually partners with esteemed colleges and universities to make scholarships available for college-bound National Medalists.

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