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May 18, 2020

Artists Continue To Create and Collaborate During These Unprecedented Times

"Lost Together" by Chiemeka Offor
"Lost Together" by Chiemeka Offor

During times like these, staying connected—while staying apart—is becoming increasingly important. We need our communities, our peers and our networks to help us navigate this unprecedented situation, to be a sounding board and to share their support. Art and artists are essential to our well-being and shape how we all experience the world.

Although we are working remotely, everyone here at National YoungArts Foundation is available and remains absolutely committed to supporting artists across the country, while protecting their health and safety and that of our audiences, partners and staff. The creativity and strength of our artists inspire us each and every day. We are working hard on initiatives, resources and digital solutions to connect, create, and collaborate.

Now more than ever, the creativity and collaboration of our alumni and mentors continue to inspire us daily, and here are some highlights and happenings that are sure to inspire you as well.

YoungArts at Conrad’s | May 7, 2020

On May 7th, YoungArts hosted YoungArts at Conrad’s, a virtual edition of our quarterly YoungArts at Ted’s performance series, which featured acclaimed pianist and composer Conrad Tao (2011 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts). Dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times, Tao presented a unique and compelling live show. The one-night-only event explored and expanded livestreaming as a medium through the experimental use of equipment, acoustic and electroacoustic elements, and beautifully gripping improvisations with music by Todd Moellenberg, Dan Thorpe, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Federico Mompou and Brahms, among others.

YoungArts Micorgrants: Artist Emergency Relief Fund

To support YoungArts alumni who are experiencing loss of income due to the cancellation of scheduled professional engagements or unexpected expenses related to COVID-19, YoungArts has launched an alumni emergency microgrant. YoungArts Alumni Emergency Microgrants are unrestricted $1,000 grants that will be distributed in three cycles over the next three months, from April through June 2020. Applications will be selected using a lottery system, with the goal of awarding more than 80 emergency microgrants each cycle. For questions about the application and eligibility, visit our FAQ.

Alone Together: Artist Talk with Jennifer Koh and Andrew Norman | May 15, 2020 3:00PM EST / 12:00 PM PST

Acclaimed violinist Jennifer Koh (1994 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) recently launched Alone Together, a commissioning project and performance series, as an artistic response to the coronavirus pandemic and the financial hardship it has placed on many in the music community. Join YoungArts on Friday, May 15 for a conversation with Koh and composer, educator and advocate Andrew Norman (1998 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music). Together, they will discuss how this initiative is supporting freelance composers, offer advice for emerging artists, and share stories about their creative practices.  This event will be hosted on Instagram Live at @youngarts.

Alone Together: Performance by Jennifer Koh | May 16, 2020 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST

Acclaimed violinist Jennifer Koh (1994 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) recently launched Alone Together, a commissioning project and performance series, as an artistic response to the coronavirus pandemic and the financial hardship it has placed on many in the music community. Join YoungArts on Friday, May 15 for a conversation with Koh and composer, educator and advocate Andrew Norman (1998 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music). Together, they will discuss how this initiative is supporting freelance composers, offer advice for emerging artists, and share stories about their creative practices. Norman and Koh’s collaboration for Alone Together will premiere the following evening on Saturday, May 16.

Primetime A Virtual Exhibition | May 21, 2020 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join us for the opening of Primetime: A Virtual Photography Exhibition featuring the works of 11 YoungArts alumni. Follow curator Luisa Múnera on a virtual tour of the exhibition and meet the artists for a Q&A on May 21 at 1 PM ET on

2021 Applications Open | June 2, 2020

Are you a 15- to 18-year-old visual, literary or performing artist? Now's your chance to apply to YoungArts' national arts competition. Accepting applications in Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Film, Jazz, Theater, Photography, Visual Arts, Voice and Writing.

YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions. Joining a 20,000-strong alumni community, they receive creative and professional development opportunities and connect with an extraordinarily rich network of peers.



Jan 17, 2020

2020 National YoungArts Week and Backyard Ball

YoungArts Backyard Ball Alumni Cast
YoungArts Backyard Ball Alumni Cast

Happy New Year! Join us as we recap National YoungArts Week and the 2020 YoungArts Backyard Ball. We will also look forward to a few of our upcoming and exciting events.

2020 National YoungArts Week

From Monday, January 6 to Friday, January 10, 2020 audiences had the opportunity to discover the nation’s next generation of great artists during National YoungArts Week through performances in Classical Music, Dance, Jazz, Theater and Voice, and a film screening at New World Center, as well as a writers’ reading in the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) Jewel Box, and a Design, Photography and Visual Arts exhibition curated by Pérez Art Museum Miami Curatorial Assistant Maritza Lacayo in the YoungArts Gallery.

National YoungArts Week is the National YoungArts Foundation’s signature program, which offers the most accomplished 15-18 year old (or in grades 10 – 12) artists the opportunity to participate in an all-inclusive week long program in Miami featuring master classes and workshops with leading artists in their fields.

2020 YoungArts Backyard Ball

The 2020 YoungArts Backyard Ball took place on Saturday, January 11. The evening brought together artists, influential community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities to support and acknowledge the achievements of the 2020 YoungArts winners, the nation’s most accomplished young artists in the literary, visual and performing arts.

As YoungArts’ largest annual fundraiser, the occasion marks the culmination of the organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week. The evening was presented by fine jeweler Harry Winston and hosted by honorary chairs Sandra and Tony Tamer and co-chairs Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm, Jay Franke and David Herro, and Oxana and Steven Marks. We welcomed more than 800 guests and raised over $1.7 million.

Additionally, we honored jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard (1980 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music) with the Arison Alumni Award and conceptual artist Teresita Fernandez with the Arison Award for their vital contributions and commitment to the arts. We also honored New York-based sculptor and installation artist Ilana Harris-Babou (2009 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts) and Miami-based sculptor and painter Mateo Nava (2013 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) with the second inaugural Jorge M. Perez Award.



YoungArts at Ted’s: Judith Hill | February 13, 2020Multi-instrumentalist, Grammy Award-winning vocalist and songwriter, Judith Hill (2002 YoungArts Winner in Voice) joins us for the third YoungArts at Ted's, a quarterly performance series of one-night-only, intimate alumni performances.

YoungArts Miami | February 25, 2020 – March 1, 2020National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts)’s 2020 YoungArts Miami program will take place from February 25–March 1 and will offer 80 of this year’s YoungArts Winners—representing some of the region’s most accomplished young artists from 12 States—life-changing opportunities to learn, connect and collaborate with their peers and renowned artists in the visual, literary and performing arts. YoungArts Miami is part of a series of regional programs, including also Los Angeles and New York that are modeled after the organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week. The programs provide unparalleled artistic development opportunities, including interdisciplinary workshops, public performances and master classes with creative leaders.




YoungArts Dance Master Class with Reggie Wilson
YoungArts Dance Master Class with Reggie Wilson
Oct 21, 2019

The 2019-20 YoungArts Season Begins!

Tony Yazbeck
Tony Yazbeck

The National YoungArts Foundation’s 2019-20 season has officially begun! This month we look at our most recent events and what’s to come. We have an exciting season ahead!

YoungArts at Ted's: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom | September 12, 2019

In an intimate one-night-only performance by powerhouse percussionist and composer Allison Miller (1992 YoungArts Winner in Jazz) and her acclaimed jazz band Boom Tic Boom performed works from their recently released album Glitter Wolf. The evening was part of the National YoungArts Foundation’s (YoungArts) new quarterly public performance series “YoungArts at Ted’s” featuring presentations by touring YoungArts alumni at Ted’s at the YoungArts Campus in Miami.

Allison Miller, NYC-based drummer/composer/teacher, engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a “modern jazz icon in the making,” Miller has been named “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in Downbeat Magazine and her composition, Otis Was a Polar Bear, is on NPR’s list of “The 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women.” Miller’s band Boom Tic Boom is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary with the release of their 5th album, Glitter Wolf. NPR’s Kevin Whitehead says, “All the parts fit together like clockwork on Allison Miller's new album Glitter Wolf.”

Fall Dance Residency Presentation with Yusha-Marie Sorzano (2000 Winner in Dance) | September 26, 2019

In a new contemporary dance work-in-development THREAT, Yusha-Marie Sorzano investigated emotional coping mechanisms associated with change and the often-rebellious actions it can instigate. THREAT drew on samples of protest songs throughout history, pulls from the rhythms of Sorzano’s native Trinidad, and - informed by her experiences as a classical concert choreographer and performer - revealed a fundamental paradox of the human condition: we are as terrified of change as we are of staying the same.

Within Interdependence Exhibition Opening Reception | October 2, 2019

On October 2, 2019, YoungArts presented “Within Interdependence”, which features works by 20 emerging artists, all YoungArts award winners from the past 15 years. Curated by United States Artists President & CEO Deana Haggag, the exhibition weaves together art works that focus on each artist’s connection to their bodies in a rapidly changing ecological, metaphysical and social world.

Within Interdependence considers ideas of interdependence, intimacy and the body-mind connection. Each selected work draws out what inherently connects us to ourselves, the people around us, and the lands we live on. The exhibition features installations, paintings, photography, sculptures and mixed media works offering deep investigations on notions of identity. Within Interdependence will remain on view through December 13, 2019 with special activations during Miami Art Week.



YoungArts at Ted's: Tony Yazbeck Both Feet Off the Ground | November 21, 2019

Since his Broadway debut as a newsboy in the 1989 revival of Gypsy, quintessential song-and-dance man Tony Yazbeck (1997 YoungArts Winner in Theater) has continued to land coveted roles and garner critical acclaim—including a Tony Award nomination for the leading role in On the Town (2014). With “just the right balance of masculinity and vulnerability,” Yazbeck creates a “spellbinding” one-man show, inviting audiences to join him on an honest, emotional journey along life’s ups and downs as told through the lyrics of classic show tunes, new standards, and dazzling tap dancing.

National YoungArts Week | January 5 – 12, 2019

National YoungArts Week is YoungArt's signature program that aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and community while offering Finalists the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development.

During the intensive, week-long and all-inclusive program, artists across 10 disciplines participate in master classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field. Throughout the week, Finalists’ work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels. Each evening, audiences can experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in voice, jazz, theater, dance and classical music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition in the YoungArts Gallery.


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