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.
Aug 2, 2012

Recap of U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts!

Our 2012 PSA Winners
Our 2012 PSA Winners

Congratulations to the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts!

Since 1979 YoungArts has held the distinction of being the sole path to the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Of the 141 students named, 20 are acknowledged also for their artistic merit.
 
This year, we celebrated our 20 Scholars with three major events in Washington, DC. The first was An Exhibition of Works: Artworks, Readings and Cinematic Arts Screenings by the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Visual and Literary Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Sunday, June 17 (on view at the museum through July 4). It was followed by A Salute to the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars: An Evening of Performances by the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the evening of Monday, June 18 – where our performing artists interpreted, modified and recreated the work of an American master Aaron Copland.
 
Over the next two days, our Scholars received a Capitol tour and participated in two programs in collaboration with our long-range partner, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, which included a master class given by Damian Woetzel.

Thank you to all who support our mission!

May 8, 2012

Meet the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts!

2012 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts
2012 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Meet the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts!!

Congratulations to the twenty (20) 2012 YoungArts National Winners who have been chosen for this year’s U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts awards. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an artistically talented high school senior and is presented on behalf of the President of the United States.

These talented young artists have been selected by a Commission appointed by the White House, based on their academic, civic and artistic achievement.

We are so proud of their hard work and talent, and we look forward to watching them achieve their successful careers in the arts.

YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Participants in the YoungArts program are the only students eligible to receive the designation of Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA), based on their artistic and academic achievements. In addition to this once in a lifetime honor, the visual artists, photographers and writers present their work in an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the performing artists perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; truly life changing experiences for any young artist.

These performance opportunities are made possible by the generous contributions of our valued supporters. No donation is too big or small to provide talented artists a platform to showcase their work.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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Mar 9, 2012

YoungArts Regional Programs 2012

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YoungArts Regional Programs!

All YoungArts winners from the South Florida and Greater New York City area were invited to participate in YoungArts Miami and YoungArts New York, respectively.  These young artists get to enjoy the rare opportunity to participate in master classes, interdisciplinary workshops and showcase their talents in performance and exhibitions. World-renowned artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edward Villella, Bill T. Jones and James Rosenquist are among this year’s masters.  Miami venues included the Colony Theatre, ARTSEEN, and New World Center.  New York venues include: Baryshnikov Arts Center and Affirmation Arts.


February 22-26, 2012 - YoungArts Miami.  Attach are some  photo highlights of the week!

March 8-11, 2012 - YoungArts New York. For more information and tickets, please visit www.youngarts.org.

Stay tuned for post coverage of the event.

Thank you for your continued support!

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