National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts

The mission of National YoungArts Foundation (also known as National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts or NFAA), to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation's most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts.

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
2100 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137
United States
305-377-1140
http://www.youngarts.org

President & CEO

Paul T. Lehr

Management Team

Lisa Leone, Allison Ball, Letty Bassart, Mary Cordova, Ellen Gray, Lena Koorse, Michael Delgado, Roberta Behrendt Fliss, Holdrado Garcia, Elaine Parker, Madeline Rodriguez Ortega, Joe Guiterrez, Megan Ann Harmon, Carla Hill, Max Morales, Joseph NeSmith, Neidra Ward, Ty Taylor, Jill Waldman, Bob Bromberg.

Board of Directors

Eduardo J Padron, Sarah Arison, Justin DiCioccio, Armando M Codina, Paul T Lehr, Agnes Gund, Maurice M Zarmati, Desmond Richardson, Joe Gutierrez, Sandra Muss, Harry M Hersh, John O'Neil, Marcus Sheridan, Patty Carroll, Lin Arison, Grace Weber, Ronald C McCurdy, Ken Washington, John J Kauffman, John R Henry, Meryl Comer, Linda Coll, Richard S Wagman, Christy Powell, Lisa Leone, Allison Ball, Letty Bassart, Mary Cordova, Ellen Gray, Lena Koorse, Michael Delgado, Roberta Behrendt Fliss, Holdrado Garcia, Elaine Parker, Madeline Rodriguez Ortega, Joe Guiterrez, Megan Ann Harmon, Carla Hill, Max Morales, Joseph NeSmith, Neidra Ward, Ty Taylor, Jill Waldman, Bob Bromberg.

Project Leaders

Elaine Parker

Mission

The mission of National YoungArts Foundation (also known as National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts or NFAA), to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation's most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts.

Programs

YoungArts' programs provide emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation's most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. YoungArts Week is the National YoungArts Foundation's signature national program, providing the nation's most talented young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts with life-changing artistic enrichment experiences, master classes, workshops, inter-disciplinary activities, performances and exhibitions. The week-long program, which takes place in Miami each year, enables approximately 150 YoungArts winners to work with distinguished master teachers and mentors. Like all YoungArts programs, YoungArts Week is designed to support talented young artists and encourage them to pursue careers in the arts. A tenth artistic discipline, Design Arts, has been added his year to the nine artistic disciplines that YoungArts has celebrated in the past: Cinematic Arts, Dance, Jazz, Music, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice and Writing. In an effort to offer the YoungArts experience to a greater number of deserving young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts, all YoungArts winners from South Florida, the Greater New York City area and Los Angeles are invited to participate in YoungArts Miami, YoungArts New York and YoungArts Los Angeles, respectively. These regional programs were created to allow even more of the nearly 700 annual winners to have the "YoungArts Week" experience. The young artists in these areas also enjoy the rare opportunity to take master classes and interdisciplinary workshops from world-renowned artists, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bill T. Jones, Thelma Golden and other masters in a variety of artistic disciplines, and perform and exhibit their works at major cultural venues. The YoungArts regional experiences are in addition to the recognition, monetary awards and college scholarship opportunities that YoungArts winners receive, as well as continued support and artistic development afforded to them as YoungArts Alumni. To date, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Placido Domingo, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones and Martin Scorsese. In addition, at the request of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for young artists. YoungArts alumni who have gone on to become leading professionals in their fields include actresses Vanessa Williams, Viola Davis, and Kerry Washington; actor, musician, and filmmaker, Adrian Grenier; four-time Tony Award nominee Raul Esparza; CEO of American Ballet Theatre Rachel Moore; recording artists Nicki Minaj and Chris Young; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; visual artist Hernan Bas; and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken. Some of YoungArts' work is featured in its Emmy nominated HBO series YoungArts MasterClass, which chronicles the work of renowned artists sharing their art and life experiences with YoungArts Winners. Season 1 featured Edward Albee, Jacques d'Amboise, Placido Domingo, Olafur Eliasson, Frank Gehry, Bill T. Jones, Julian Schnabel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Liv Ullmann. Season 2 features Renee Fleming, John Guare, Patti LuPone, Bobby McFerrin, James Rosenquist, Kathleen Turner and Bruce Weber. Artists planned for Season 3 include, among others, Joshua Bell, Billy Joel, Wynton Marsalis, and Robert Redford. In conjunction with Columbia University's Teachers College, YoungArts also has developed a Study Guide based on its YoungArts MasterClass series, which is distributed free to schools nationwide to help increase arts education and awareness. In order to carry on expanded activities locally in Miami and across the country, YoungArts recently acquired the former Bacardi Tower and Museum buildings and three and a half acre campus, to serve as its national headquarters and support expanded local activities in Miami, FL. World-renowned architect and YoungArts Artistic Advisor Frank Gehry is helping to transform the campus into a multidisciplinary arts complex with a new Gehry-designed performing arts center and park with state-of-the-art sound and video capabilities. The campus will host year-round programming including master classes, public screenings and performances, artists in residence throughout the year, and visual arts exhibitions guest curated by institutions based in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. Our newly expanded program offers year-round opportunities by extending recognition and artistic experiences to young artists throughout the nation - starting with YoungArts Miami, New York and Los Angeles. The regional programs offer all YoungArts winners from these cities access to workshops and master classes with renowned artists in their fields, performance and exhibition opportunities at the cities top cultural institutions, and life-changing experiences, while working with other young artists in their community, from across nine disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts.

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Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2012: $6,909,747
  • Annual Budget for 2008: $5,422,459
  • Other funding sources: individual donors, foundations, corporations, government (local, state, federal)
  • Religious Affiliation: none
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