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REGISTER NOW: Free Art and Writing Workshop for Teens

Dear Newark Area Students:

You are invited to participate in a free, full-day art and writing workshop for teens at the Newark Museum. Spend an uplifting day participating in this workshop that will focus on the themes of Grief and Growth, sponsored by the New York Life Foundation. 

September 28, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Newark Museum
49 Washington St
Newark, NJ 07102

Lunch will be provided. Reimbursement for public transit costs is also available to students by request on the basis of financial need, and this reimbursement will be provided on-site at the conclusion of the workshop.**

ZOE CHEN, Pulling Strings, Drawing and Illustration. Grade 12. Lynnfield High School, Lynnfield, MA. Gold Medal, New York Life Award, 2019.

About the workshop: First, we will explore the Museum's collections during a gallery walk and connect the art we see to these themes. Using the art from the museum's collections as inspiration, we will then create our own art and writing. This workshop will focus on poetry and the creation of "memory boxes," but any students interested in the creative arts are welcome.  Workshop participants will also learn how they can submit original work to the prestigious  Scholastic Art & Writing Awards  to receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.

Who is this workshop for?  Any teen who has had someone close to them pass away (be it a parent, grandparent, sibling, and other relative, friend, or someone else),  who is coping with changes as a result of a death,  who wants to commemorate the special life of someone who is no longer with us, or  who wants to meet other teens with similar concerns and socialize, eat, relax, and make art.

About the instructor: The workshop will be led by Rachel Alban, an arts educator, writer, and photographer based in Newark, NJ.  Rachel is currently an artist educator at Rutgers University's Paul Robeson Galleries, Abrons Arts Center, Fresh Art NYC, and Marble Jam Kids. She earned her BFA in Art Education and MPS in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts.

For more information about the workshop, please contact the  Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

** Students must indicate their need for transit reimbursement in their RSVP survey. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will reach out to the student to arrange reimbursement. Reimbursement for public transit costs is available to students by request on the basis of financial need, and will be provided on-site at the conclusion of the workshop. Students will need to arrange their travel to the workshop on their own.


The New York Life Award, underwritten by the  New York Life Foundation , elevates the voice of bereaved teens and creates healing conversations around grief. It provides six students whose works explore personal grief, loss, and bereavement with $1,000 scholarships.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program and become a part of our community-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers-along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.