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Welcome Educators to the 2022-2023 School Year!

We are thrilled to kick off the new school year with exciting updates and resources as you plan this Fall.

Colorado Art Awards Inc. is now the official Colorado Art Affiliate of the Scholastics Art & Writing Awards.

Over the summer, the volunteer team collaborated with the community, educators, and artists to form the Colorado Art Awards Inc., a Nonprofit Corporation, to better serve you and your students. What might this mean to you? More resources, student programming, and opportunities, and more collaboration between all of us!

Meet our New Directors

We greatly appreciate the work of our team and teacher volunteers. Pam Starck retired after serving more than 20 years with the Colorado Art Scholastics team. We are thankful for her dedication and service and wish her joy in retirement with her friends and loved ones.

Introducing the new leadership team:


Paul D. Weinrauch is a passionate corporate and portrait photographer based in Colorado since 2005. Paul’s passion became a purpose back in 1999 when he sold everything, traveled across the country for years, and captured his entire journey through a lens. Although he continues to operate his photography business, his primary mission in life is to be of service to others. Currently, he is the Department Chair of the Visual, Audio, & Media Arts (VAMA) Department at Red Rocks Community College and Director of Colorado Art Awards Inc.


Long time volunteer, Miranda has been involved for over 10 years both in Colorado and New Mexico. A designer by trade, she was with RMCAD during the exhibitions for Scholastics and then became the Web Master and Designer for the team. Over the years, Miranda has grown in leadership helping to move the program forward. Currently, Miranda works within Jeffco Public Schools as a Career Links Specialist and freelance designer and is passionate about recognizing students for their creative talents. When not volunteering, you’ll find her cheering her kids on at sports and with her 4 fur babies at home.


Pictured here are some of the volunteers who we thank for their commitment and service to Scholastics! Thank you!

Left to Right: Angie Willsea, Lynne Zucker, Pam Starck, Paul Weinrauch, Miranda Ziegler and Colleen Fanning.

We need your help - School Contacts & Volunteering

Do you have new teachers at your school? Are you in a new role? Let us know by emailing Ensure that educators get the information about Scholastics.

Include the name of the new teacher, who they’ve replaced and their email address.

If you or your students would like to volunteer, complete this form.

We are planning BIG THINGS! Student experiences, exhibitions at the DAM and 40 West Gallery (and more!), educator mentorships and more. We are in need of volunteers throughout the year to make this possible. This year students will help to install the exhibition as a learning opportunity.


  • September 1, 2022 - Submission opens for students at your students create or update accounts in September. Scholastics Video Tutorials

  • September 27, 5-6pm or October 13, 5-6pm - Educator Meet and Greet - Virtual. Meet the team and ask questions. Learn about our educator mentors. More info coming soon.

Important Dates - WOWZA, Look at February!

  • January 6 Deadline to Submit

  • January 16 Regional Awards Announced

  • January 17 - 24 Mail Artwork for Exhibitions

  • January 27, 28 & 29 In-Person Artwork Drop Off for Exhibitions

  • January 30 & 31 and February 1 Educator and Student Install *NEW*

  • February 1 & 3 Exhibitions Open at Multiple Locations

  • February 3 Opening Reception at 40 West Gallery

  • February 11 In-Person Awards Ceremony at the DAM

  • More info coming soon

We look forward to working with all of you this year and providing students with voices fantastic opportunities to showcase their voices and talent!

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