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.
Jun 20, 2014

We Congratulate the U.S. Presidential Scholars!

2014 PSA Winners
2014 PSA Winners

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the US Presidential Scholars Program, we would like to congratulate the 20 Scholars in the Arts, all 2014 YoungArts Winners, who were nominated to The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars by YoungArts, and selected based on academic, civic and artistic achievement.

The award, presented on behalf of the President of the United States, is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an artistically talented graduating high school senior. These talented young artists will showcase their work at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Please join us for free performances and exhibitions in Washington DC June 23rd and 24th:


Monday, June 23, 2014, 8:00 pm / A Salute to the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars
An Evening of Performances by the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts Directed by Bill T. Jones
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall
2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 7:30 pm / An Exhibition of Works
Exhibition of Artwork, Readings, and Screenings by 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts
The Smithsonian Institution, S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Event is FREE. Seating is limited and on a first come, first seated basis, with priority given to Scholars & their families. Exhibition will be on view through August 7, 2014.

For more information or to RSVP please go to youngarts.org.

Thank you for your support of the next generation of artists and the future of the arts!

Mar 18, 2014

2014 first quarter line up!

Season Schedule Image
Season Schedule Image

It has been an exciting start to 2014!  YoungArts hosted its 33rd annual YoungArts Week in Miami January 6 - 12, 2014. The organization welcomed 171 young artists to participate in master classes, exhibitions, and performances throughout the city. The culmination event YoungArts Backyard Ball, the largest fundraiser of the year, took place on the YoungArts campus on January 11. The Gala and special alumni performance brought together more than 800 notable guests to celebrate the artistic excellence of the 2014 YoungArts Finalists.

The evening raised significant funds to support the mission of YoungArts - to identify and support the next generation of artists, and contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the literary, performing, visual and design arts.

In February, we celebrated our Miami regional winners with over 100 students participating in master classes, workshops and performance opportunities.

Next Up.....

YoungArts Los Angeles (March 18 - 23) and YoungArts New York (April 1 - April 7). Stay tuned for schedule details.

Over the past 32 years, YoungArts has provided invaluable resources to talented high school students who aspire to a career in the visual, performing and literary arts. YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 alumni. YoungArts also has facilitated more than $150 million in college scholarship awards, and provided life-changing opportunities at pivotal points in these emerging young artists’ development. 

Thank you for your support and help in advancing our mission.

Nov 15, 2013

YoungArts Announces YoungArts Week 2014

YoungArts Week
YoungArts Week

We are pleased to announce this year's YoungArts Week dates. The national program of YoungArts takes place in Miami each year and enables approximately 170 participants in the YoungArts program to work with distinguished master teachers and mentors. Like all YoungArts programs, YoungArts Week is designed to support young artists at a critical juncture in their lives and encourage their decision to pursue a career in the arts. 

This week highlights the arts across 10 disciplines and celebrates these winners for their accomplishments. We are grateful to our supporters who enable us to provide opportunities to these students.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6
POP, JAZZ + CLASSICAL VOICE
Performances by the 2014 YoungArts Finalists in pop, jazz & classical voice

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7
THEATER + JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL
Performances by the 2014 YoungArts Finalists in theater and and the 2014 YoungArts Finalists in jazz instrumental 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8
DANCE + FILM
Performances by the 2014 YoungArts Finalists in dance and film screenings by the 2014 YoungArts Finalists in cinematic arts

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9
CHAMBER MUSIC
Performances by the 2014 YoungArts Finalists in classical music

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 6:00
ART, DESIGN + PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION OPENING 
WRITERS' READINGS
Exhibition by the 2014 YoungArts Finalists in visual arts, design and photography, and readings by the 2014 YoungArts Finalists in writing

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10
JAZZ COMBO
Performances by the 2014 YoungArts Finalists in Jazz and a special guest artist

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
YOUNGARTS PERFORMANCE + GALA
The YoungArts Performance + Gala is the culmination of YoungArts Week, with an alumni performance directed by Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
DESIGN NOW + DESIGN FUTURES
with Paola Antonelli + Frank Gehry

For more information please visit www.youngarts.org


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