The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) proudly acknowledges the talented teens across the State of Maryland who are recipients of the 2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious creative teen recognition program for students in grades 7–12. BOPA is proud to serve as the Maryland regional affiliate for this competition and support Maryland’s next generation of creatives.
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 Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention. Gold Keys are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the Scholastic Writing Awards.