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.
Apr 25, 2013

YoungArts New York May 9th - 11th

Calling all New York residents!!!

Please join us May 9-11 for YoungArts New York. The YoungArts New York program gives the winners and alumni from the New York area unique opportunities to showcase their talents, work with great masters, and enrich their artistic vision throughout the year through YoungArts collaborations and partnerships with the City's leading arts organizations. 

This year's events kick off on May 9!!!

Our schedule includes:

Master classes with:

  • Irving Sandler an American art critic and educator
  • Bill T. Jones, an award-winning multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater
    director and writer. 
  • Jay Scheib, Award winning stage director, designer, author of plays, operas and live art events

Performance Dates:

·          Thursday, May 9 / 7:30pm - Performance at BAC (Baryshnikov Arts Center) Performances
programmed by Mikhail Baryshnikov

·          Friday, May 10 / 6:30pm to 8:30pm - Visual Arts, Photography opening at the Founders
Room and Gallery at MoMA

·          Saturday May 11 / 7:30pm - Changing Light on Water: Some Possible Beginnings and Endings -
performance directed by Bill T. Jones, Clarke Studio Theater at Lincoln Center   

Jan 24, 2013

YoungArts Week hosts 152 young artists.

2013 YoungArts Week Alumni Performance
2013 YoungArts Week Alumni Performance

The 2013 edition of YoungArts Week, which took place from January 6 – 12, provided 152 young artists from 29 states the opportunity to participate in a week of intense master classes and workshops with distinguished master teachers and mentors such as Joshua Bell, Plácido Domingo, Rachelle Fleming, Adrian Grenier, Bill T. Jones, Lourdes Lopez, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tarell McCraney, Andrew Rannells, Desmond Richardson, Zuzanna Szadkowski, and Marisa Tomei. Finalists shared their talents each evening in free performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings at notable Miami institutions such as The New World Center, Miami Art Museum, and the Adrienne Arsht Center.  The closing night An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala opened with amazing performances by some of YoungArts most talented alumni, was followed by dinner, and concluded with the audience, alumni and finalists enjoying dessert and dancing on Flagler Street, with DJ Irie spinning.  

Next up on our calendar is YoungArts Los Angeles, a new regional program joining YoungArts’ ongoing programs in Miami, New York, and Washington, D.C. which invites approximately 90 YoungArts Winners living in the greater Los Angeles area to participate in YoungArts Los Angeles from February 6 to 11. Like the Finalists enjoyed during YoungArts Week, these young artists will share life changing experiences including master classes and workshops with notable artists in the visual, literary and performing arts.  If you are the Lost Angeles area  and are interested in attending any performances, please contact us at            

Also, BOBBY MCFERRIN: A YoungArts MasterClass, is set to premiere on HBO on February 12, 2013. The Special Presentation is the second episode of the second season of the acclaimed Emmy-nominated program, which presents world-class creative artists who share their art and life experiences with small groups of young artists who represent a new generation of American talent. Check your local listings!

Master Class with Placido Domingo
Master Class with Placido Domingo
Oct 26, 2012

YoungArts has a new headquarters!

YoungArts Week 2013 Schedule
YoungArts Week 2013 Schedule

We are excited to be able to announce that we have just moved into our new home in Miami, which will serve as YoungArts official headquarters.  Having a permanent home will enable us to continue the expansion of YoungArts' programs and activities, including the addition of a new discipline - architecture and design, to our existing nine disciplines of music, dance, film, jazz, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing.

We plan for our new campus to have an art gallery; art ehibitions with free admission; and year-round public programs and workshops.  We also have plans for the multi-disciplinary arts complex to include the creation of a public park with video projection capabilities and arts programming for the benefit of our community.  Our goal is to transform the property, which consists of three buildings and a large plaza, into a thriving arts and cultural center dedicated to nurturing and inspiring talented young artists from around the country.  If you happen to live in - or are planning to visit Miami, we hope you will visit us for a tour of our new campus!

And, please be sure to SAVE THE DATE for YoungArts Week 2013: January 6 - 12, 2013.

Thank you to all who support our mission!