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.
May 20, 2010

Spring showers bring YoungArts Gold & Silver Winners and U.S. Presidential Scholars

The 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts
The 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts

Thank you for your support of YoungArts! Here is what we have been up to since you last heard from us:

2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts - Washington, D.C. The 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts have been announced! Twenty YoungArts Finalists earned this incredible honor and will travel to Washington, D.C. in June to be honored at a White House sponsored ceremony alongside 121 academic U.S. Presidential Scholars. YoungArts is the sole nominating agency to the U.S. Commission on Presidential Scholars. Students only can receive the designation of Presidential Scholar in the Arts through participation in the YoungArts program. The cinematic artists, photographers, visual artists and writers will exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Sunday, June 20 and the dancers, singers, musicians and actors will perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, June 21. Being designated as a Presidential Scholar is the highest scholastic honor awarded to graduating high school seniors. Congratulations to the class of 2010! Meet the 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts (See photo below).

YoungArts Miami Open Call Event - Miami, FL YoungArts Miami is launched! On Saturday, May 15 we celebrated the kick-off of our newest regional program, YoungArts Miami, with an Open Call event at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The day welcomed high school juniors, their parents, teachers from Miami-Dade schools and other special guests. Everyone enjoyed a performance by amazing YoungArts alumni, as well as a dialogue with YoungArts President & CEO and alumni about what it takes to achieve excellence in the arts, what YoungArts Miami has planned, and what’s in it for you! We enjoyed meeting all the talented young artists from around Miami, who are now part of the YoungArts family!

In the Studio: A Celebration of the YoungArts Gold & Silver Winners - New York, NY YoungArts held its annual In the Studio week in New York City April 17-22. The weeklong program was an artistic residency for 37 talented young artists who were selected as the best of the best from a group of 142 high school senior artists from across the nation who came to Miami in January for YoungArts Week, a five-day intensive training and performance program with world-renowned artists. The week included master classes with world-renowned artists including Gregory Mosher and Melissa Manchester, workshops and performances at the Baryshnikov Arts Center by the YoungArts Dance, Theater, Voice, Classical Music, Jazz and Writing winners, and exhibitions by the Visual Arts, Photography and Cinematic Arts winners at Affirmation Arts gallery.

HBO’s Masterclass Series: Have you been watching Masterclass on HBO? “MASTERCLASS,” the new HBO series, which premiered April 18, presents nine world-class creative artists sharing their arts and their life experience with young people representing the best of a new generation of talent in America. Each edition of MASTERCLASS highlights the importance of mentorship, allowing emerging young artists to meet and work with legends in the fields where they aspire to become legends themselves. Tune in for the following upcoming Masterclass episodes:

Wednesday, June 9 at 7pm: Frank Gehry Sunday, June 13 at 6:30pm: Bill T. Jones Friday, June 18 at 7pm: Michael Tilson Thomas Sunday, June 27 at 6:30pm: Julian Schnabel

Support YoungArts: To support the YoungArts program, please consider making a small contribution at this time. Any donation is greatly appreciated and will go a long way for these emerging artists.

In the Studio - New York City
In the Studio - New York City
In the Studio: YoungArts Gold & Silver Winners
In the Studio: YoungArts Gold & Silver Winners
YoungArts Miami: Open Call
YoungArts Miami: Open Call
YoungArts Miami - A New Regional Program is born!
YoungArts Miami - A New Regional Program is born!

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Mar 15, 2010

YoungArts Springs into Application Season - $20 can sponsor a registrant

Spring is in the air at YoungArts with many activities blooming! This year’s 45 Gold and Silver Award winners will soon gather in New York City for a week of intense training workshops, master classes and an interdisciplinary performance celebrating their achievements. 'In the Studio' Week begins April 17 with a benefit performance on April 22. This year, we are pleased to feature esteemed Master Teachers including Melissa Manchester, Gregory Mosher and Mathew Rushing. See the links below for footage from last year’s 'In the Studio' celebration. The new YoungArts Miami regional program gets underway with one full day of the YoungArts experience for South Florida’s winners on Lincoln Road, South Beach on March 21 and monthly vignette performances at the Bass Museum throughout the spring season. Most importantly, Monday marks the opening of the early registration period for YoungArts Week 2011. 17 and 18 year old artists across America will begin to apply for the experience of a lifetime. Here are some quotes from the 2010 winners. “When you said it would change our lives I laughed. Thanks for proving me wrong. I'm gonna miss every bit of YoungArts Week.” Matt Wright, New York, NY, 2010 YoungArts Winner, Music “This week has given me more than anything else could: hope. Before this week, I thought I had no hope of ever making a living with my art, or even being able to compete in the world. But now, after YoungArts, I realize that there are people out there who truly believe in me, and I could not be more grateful.” Alexander Vollmer, Marietta, Georgia, 2010 YoungArts Winner, Voice The application fee for early registration is only $25 and the timing couldn’t be better. GlobalGiving has offered to match every donation that comes in on Tuesday, March 16 with a 30% bonus. This means that your $20 gift can sponsor an application fee for one of the young aspiring artists who apply to our program. Application fees increase to $35 on June 1 and the registration period is open until October 15. Bonuses are for gifts up to $1,000 per donation. Additionally, there will be a $1,000 prize for the project that raises the most on Tuesday. Stay tuned for more event details. For more information, visit our website: www.youngarts.org or contact our office at 305.377.1140. Support YoungArts: To support the YoungArts program, please consider making a small contribution at this time. Any donation is greatly appreciated and will go a long way for these emerging artists.

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Feb 15, 2010

YoungArts Week 2010--A Great Success!!

YoungArts 2010 Voice finalist
YoungArts 2010 Voice finalist

YoungArts Week Finalists Announced: Selected from thousands of applicants in nine arts disciplines, one hundred forty-two (142) of the nation’s most talented young artists were invited to Miami for YoungArts Week, an all-expense paid, week-long gathering that includes master classes, workshops, readings, exhibitions and performances. After the finalists were selected, YoungArts staff were quickly on the phones to personally call the finalists and give them the good news—that they were coming to Miami for YoungArts Week in January, 2010! (See video link below). YoungArts Week – January 11-16, 2010: Excitement filled the streets of Miami when 142 of the nation’s most talented young artists came together for YoungArts Week 2010! The event kicked off on January 12, 2010, with specialized workshops conducted by leaders in their fields and master classes by world renown artists, such as Liv Ullmann in Theater and Desmond Richardson in Dance (See Video links below). During the evenings, the Miami community came out for free performances by YoungArts finalists in Voice, Jazz, Theater, Dance and Cinematic Arts. YoungArts Writers’ Readings and an exhibition of eclectic artworks by the YoungArts finalists in Visual Arts and Photography were also held in Miami’s popular Design District. YoungArts Week concluded on January 16, with a Chamber Music performance by the YoungArts finalists in Music at the University of Miami.

Following are testimonials from 2010 YoungArts Finalists: “When attempting to describe my experience at YoungArts Week to other people, I always find myself at a loss for words. Being able to watch my peers perform what they were most passionate about not only left me in awe, but inspired me beyond my comprehension. The friendships I forged in the first 24 hours alone led me to cry when the end of the week reared its ugly head. If I am ever asked "What is your fondest memory?", YoungArts Week will certainly be my response.” – Christopher Millison, 2010 YoungArts winner in Dance/Tap

“YoungArts Week gave me the inspiration and encouragement to continue pursuing the arts. This unforgettable, life-changing, experience proved that art is not just an extra-curricular activity but a way of life.” – Michael Silverblatt, 2010 YoungArts winner in Theater/Spoken

Support YoungArts: To support the YoungArts program, please consider making a small contribution at this time. Any donation is greatly appreciated and will go a long way for these emerging artists.

For more information, visit our website: www.youngarts.org

Dance Master Class with Desmond Richardson
Dance Master Class with Desmond Richardson
YoungArts 2010 Visual Arts finalist
YoungArts 2010 Visual Arts finalist

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