Golden Artist Colors and Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Support Arts Educators

March 15, 2016

Golden Artist Colors and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the organization that administers the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, are celebrating the impact of art educators across the country through a joint initiative. Support from GOLDEN in this partnership is three-fold. In addition to a financial contribution to the organization, GOLDEN is offering art educators whose students have received a 2016 Scholastic Award, a chance to participate in the Golden Residency Program. Lastly, GOLDEN will be providing materials support to a number of educators through a gift certificate donation.  GOLDEN and the Alliance sincerely value the roles that educators play in the success of the next generation of artists and this effort is a strong reaffirmation of that belief.

GOLDEN Educators Residency:

Golden Artist Colors and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, with support from the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, have partnered to offer an unprecedented opportunity for art educators whose student(s) received recognition in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Three educators will be invited to participate in a 14-day artist residency in upstate New York.

Educators will be chosen in conjunction with the Alliance and the National Art Education Association (NAEA). As Golden Artist Residents, these educators will have an unparalleled opportunity to work with unique materials that open new channels for expression and the creative process. New technologies which challenge the way we think about paint are also available for residents to explore. GOLDEN experts will provide technical assistance throughout the residency.

GOLDEN Materials Support:

For the third year in a row, through the generosity of GOLDEN, art educators with National Scholastic Award-winning art students will receive materials support for their own practice. This year, gift certificates provided by Golden Artist Colors in $1,000 denominations will go to 12 art teachers. Recipients will be chosen in conjunction with the Alliance and include the three 2016 Golden Educator Residents.  Art educators across the country play a crucial role in the Scholastic


Art & Writing Awards; they encourage and engage students, inspire their creativity, and help them submit their work. This donation is a gift for those that continue to motivate young artists every day and will provide these educators with support to continue painting for themselves.

For information about the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, go to To learn about the Golden Educators Residency, visit  For the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, take a look at


About Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

Golden Artist Colors, Inc. is a manufacturer of artist quality materials including colors and mediums for painting in acrylics, oils and most recently, watercolor. With two locations, a 100,000-square-foot facility in rural Columbus, N.Y., and a 45,000-square-foot commercial warehouse and distribution center in Norwich, N.Y., the company’s 155 employees are committed to producing materials that encourage exploration of form and concept, while assuring archival integrity. The GOLDEN brand of acrylics is known for quality and archival integrity as well as being the most innovative and extensive system available. The company also owns Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors, which is known for its quality and extensive palette of colors including genuine Italian and French earth colors. QoR®, a new, thoroughly modern watercolor is made with an exclusive Aquazol binder, providing more pigment in every brushstroke, as well as color strength, range and versatility unmatched in the history of watercolors. Furthermore, the Custom Lab at GOLDEN serves artists and organizations by formulating materials to fit their needs and purposes. Not only committed to its customers and local community, GOLDEN is dedicated to its employee owners as well. In April 2010, GOLDEN employees became the majority owners of the company and in 2008, the company became a 100% Tobacco Free Campus for staff and visitors. To learn more about GOLDEN, call 1-800-959-6543 or visit or


About the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, which were founded in 1923, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students in grades 7 through 12 across America submitted more than 300,000 original works to the Awards this year, spanning 29 different categories of visual art and writing. Beyond the Awards, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers produces a number of programs to support creative students and their educators, including the Art.Write.Now.Tour, the National Student Poets Program, the Scholastic Awards Summer Series, the Alliance Summer Arts Program, the Golden Educators Residency, and much more. Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, John Baldessari, Stephen King, and Lena Dunham are just a few of the renowned artists and writers whose creative promise as teenagers earned them Scholastic Awards. Find out more at

Golden Artist Colors and Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Support Arts Educators