Support YAA-Phoenix Mercury Teen Art & Writing Night

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For $20, each Teen Art & Writing Night attendee–parents, children, teens, supporters–supports grade 7-12 Arizona language and media arts, and enjoys a special evening with YAA and the Mercury. For supporters that buy and/or sell 10 tickets by 11:59 PM on Thursday, September 3rd, you get a Phoenix Suns watch. More event and incentive details below.

Ever see Brittney Griner dunk? Ever shoot hoops on the US Airways Center Court? Want to watch the WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury whoop the Los Angeles Sparks? Bring friends and family to enjoy Teen Art & Writing Night, supporting Arizona grade 7-12 language and media arts.

Young Authors of Arizona (YAA), a State of Arizona and 501(c)(3) non-profit, is partnering with Phoenix Suns Charities to host a special evening of events on September 11th at US Airways Center. Each $20 Teen Art & Writing Night ticket purchased supports YAA outreach to encourage Arizona’s approximately 2,000 middle schools, high schools, and libraries to mentor grade 7-12 Arizona students to enter this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards by December 16, 2015.

Teen Art & Writing Night ticket holders gain exclusive early access to US Airways Center at 5:30 PM (doors open to others at 6:00) to watch the WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury warm up.

After warm-ups, attendees enjoy 100 (lower)-level seating for that night’s Phoenix Mercury vs. L.A. Sparks WNBA basketball game; during the game, attendees can stop by to say “Hello!” to YAA student and organizational volunteers, and will get to view YAA’s 30-second promo video.

After the game, thanks to Phoenix Suns Charities, YAA gets the court. Those with Teen Art & Writing Night tickets get one hour of post-game activities, including:

  • shooting hoops on the Phoenix Suns/Mercury Court,
  • a family picture on the Suns/Mercury Court,
  • and additional activities.

TICKET PURCHASES HELP YAA SUPPORT ARIZONA GRADE 7-12 LANGUAGE AND MEDIA ARTS

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“Get ‘yer Teen Art & Writing Night tickets, heeeeere!”

Help YAA host the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for Arizona by:

  1. Getting your tickets, ASAP (sales are limited to the first 200 to buy): Purchase your Teen Art & Writing Night tickets:
  1. Spreading the word: Please share this page link with others (e-mail, social media, your English or Art Department, friends, etc.).
  2. Buying and/or selling 10 tickets by 11:59 PM on September 3rd, getting a Suns Watch! 
Purchase and/or sell 10 tickets to Teen Art & Writing Night, get this Phoenix Suns watch!

Purchase and/or sell 10 tickets to Teen Art & Writing Night, get this Phoenix Suns watch!

YAA thanks Phoenix Suns Charities for offering a Suns watch (pictured below) to anyone that buys and/or sells 10 tickets to Teen Art & Writing Night by 11:59 PM on Thursday, September 3rd.

“The Suns, Mercury, and Rattlers are our hometown teams,” noted YAA President Billy Gerchick, “and their support through this event and incentive demonstrates their statewide support of grade 7-12 language and media arts. Now we hope others support this event by purchasing and selling tickets. Proceeds will go to mailing flyers to Arizona’s middle schools and high schools to encourage participation in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.”

Upon buying and/or selling 10 tickets, verify by e-mailing Cara Leis, Phoenix Suns/Mercury/Rattlers Senior Group Ticket Sales Account Executive, at cleis@suns.com with:

    • Your first and last name
    • The 5-digit purchase invoice # or the Section, Row, and Seat # of the ten seats you bought and/or sold
    • Upon verification, we’ll have your watch at the game!

Read Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015 

Convergence book cover

April 11th marked the release of YAA’s Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015 book, an anthology of 105 works by 71 grade 7-12 Arizona authors. Please support our authors by purchasing a book copy (click link above), available for $15 with all proceeds going to YAA’s 2015-2016 outreach and development campaign.

Free Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015 selections online

Enjoy reading (and studying?) some of the best grade 7-12 teen writing in the state of Arizona, captured through the Convergence digital version; select works available for free.

Free Bloom: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2014 selections online

Enjoy reading (and studying?) some of the best grade 7-12 teen writing in the state of Arizona, captured through the Bloom digital version; select works available for free.

AZ’s 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Honorable Mention, Silver Key, & Gold Key entries published online!

From the below links, check out YAA’s 2015 art & writing galleries that display Arizona’s 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards entries. Educators and students, starting September 16th you can register your 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards accounts.

Arizona’s Scholastic Writing Awards home page: See all 252 Arizona Silver Key, Gold Key, and National Medalist works through the Best of AZ Teen Writing 2015 widget on the right-hand side of the web page.

Arizona’s Scholastic Art Awards home page: See all 56 Arizona Silver Key, Gold Key, and National Medalist works through the Best of AZ Teen Art 2015 widget on the right-hand side of the web page.

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