Emerging Themes

Each year I look forward to the Emerging Themes presentation from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. 


As a long time regional coordinator for the Scholastic Art Awards, I feel a deep connection to this program and would not miss the opportunity to see a big picture look at the trends that can be seen by looking at artwork from young artists across the country. 

Some of the themes and subjects that were seen in great numbers include:

  • Whimsy & fantasy (imagination, childhood)
  • Gender & identity (sexuality, gender definitions, self-image)
  • Home & family (food, cultur, generations, relationships)
  • Technology (impact of technology, gaming, relationship to technology)

A couple of categories were featured as well including Film & Animation and Future New where students were just as likely to address powerful themes like those above and: race, bullying, personality, safe spaces, and immigration. 

If you want to learn more about the Scholastic Awards, check out their website at artandwriting.org

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