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Apr 29, 2019

2019 Regional Programs and New York Recap


Happy April! As this month comes to end, we look back on our Regional Programs and the 4th annual YoungArts New York Gala. We also look forward to the upcoming programs on the YoungArts Campus before closing out another year.  

Regional Programs Recap:

YoungArts Miami | February 19-24

This year YoungArts Miami welcomed 77 emerging artists to participate in life-changing opportunities to learn, connect, and collaborate with their peers and renowned artists across disciplines. The intensive week-long program included interdisciplinary workshops, public performances, and master classes with creative leaders.

Public events included a design, photography and visual arts exhibition opening, and a film screening, jazz performance and writers’ readings at the YoungArts Campus. Events at Miami Theater Center (MTC) included a dance, theater and voice performance and a classical music concert.

YoungArts Los Angeles| March 26-31

Our regional programs series continued with YoungArts Los Angeles, where we welcomed 77 YoungArts winners from the region. During the week, the young artists were offered the opportunity to connect and collaborate with peers and learn from artistic luminaries.

Presented in partnership with UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) for the third consecutive year, this year’s programming and public performances, writers’ readings, screenings and exhibition took place on the UCLA campus and at Building Bridges Art Exchange. The opening reception of the design, photography and visual arts exhibition was held at Building Bridges Art Exchange.  The classical music concert, film screenings, multidisciplinary performance, jazz performance, and writer’s readings were held at UCLA.

YoungArts New York | April 23-28

YoungArts New York wrapped up this year’s regional programs series with 75 promising young artists who participated in interdisciplinary workshops, public performances and master classes with renowned artists across each discipline.

This year’s YoungArts New York public programming included a design, photography and visual arts exhibition at Sotheby’s New York. The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) held our public events, which included a dance, jazz, theater and voice, a classical music concert and writers’ readings. 


RECAP: YoungArts New York Gala | April 16, 2019

On April 16, the National YoungArts Foundation held its fourth annual New York Gala inside the beautiful Temple of Dendur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thanks to your generosity, we raised $800,000 to support YoungArts programs and emerging artists nationwide. During the program, alumna and YoungArts trustee Ms. Szadkowski (1997 Winner in Theater & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) announced an extended partnership between YoungArts and the gala’s Presenting Partner Baccarat that will provide YoungArts alumni with a unique opportunity to work closely with acclaimed artisans at Baccarat’s factory in France.

UPCOMING: Can We Be as Brave Alumni Exhibition Opening Reception | May 9, 2019

With “Can we be as brave?” the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) presents the organization’s second annual alumni exhibition dedicated solely to photography. Featuring the works of 13 YoungArts alumni in Cinematic Arts, Photography and Visual Arts, the show is curated by acclaimed director, photographer and YoungArts Vice President of Artistic Programs Lisa Leone.

The works in the exhibition bravely investigate a variety of topics that are connected through multifaceted conversations about family, home and community. The artists examine cultural and historical contexts, self-love, intimacy and humanity, spirituality, and physical and psychological boundaries, and explore personal ideologies and intricacies of representation while championing the idea of multiple stories in lieu of singular viewpoints.


More Upcoming Events:

YoungArts Campus Open House | May 14, 2019

In Process | May 11-17, 2019

PSA | June 24, 2019

For more information on the calendar of events for YoungArts New York, please click here

Please be sure to check our website at for the most up to date information on programming and event dates.


Jan 29, 2019

2019 YoungArts Week Recap and Regional Programming

Happy New Year! This month we look back on YoungArts’ signature program, National YoungArts Week, another successful annual Backyard Ball performance and gala, and look forward to our fast approaching regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York.

National YoungArts Week Recap

This year National YoungArts Week took place from January 6 – 12, 2018, where 160 of the nation’s most promising artists between the ages of 15-18 gathered in Miami to strengthen their craft. Performances took place at the New World Center in Miami Beach and included voice, jazz, theater and dance showcases, film screenings and a classical music ensemble. The week culminated with awriters’ readings and visual arts exhibition on the National YoungArts campus. The winners attended master classes and workshops with YoungArts master teachers and highly regarded professionals in each discipline.

YoungArts Backyard Ball

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, YoungArts hosted its annual fundraiser in Miami, the Backyard Ball performance and gala, to help support the artistic development of the nation’s most promising young artists. Presented by Harry Winston, Inc., the gala welcomed approximately 750 guests and raised $1.5 million in support of YoungArts’ programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York.  


During the gala, YoungArts announced the launch of an exciting initiative, the inaugural Jorge M. Pérez Award, a new unrestricted grant for emerging and mid-career artists to receive mentorship and $25,000 to advance their practice.  The celebratory evening honored prolific choreographer and bold visionary Camille A. Brown and singular interdisciplinary designers and YoungArts mater teachers Simon and Nikolai Haas of The Haas Brothers and featured a series of inspiring vignettes performed by an all-star cast of YoungArts alumni.


The evening concluded with dancing and dessert under the stars at the Backyard Bash after party on the YoungArts Plaza, featuring music by DJ Pirate Stereo.



YoungArts Week Miami | February 19-24, 2019

On Friday, February 22, the public is invited to the YoungArts campus for a film screening, jazz performance and writers’ readings. The weekend continues with a dance, theater and voice performance on Saturday, February 23 and concludes with a classical music concert on Sunday, February 24. Both the Saturday and Sunday performances will be hosted at Miami Theater Center.

For more information on the calendar of events for YoungArts Miami please click here

YoungArts Week Los Angeles | March 26 -31, 2019

Presented in partnership with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, this year’s Los Angeles public events will include a classical music concert and film screenings on Friday, March 29) a multidisciplinary performance on Saturday, March 30, and a jazz performance and writers’ readings on Sunday, March 31.On Thursday, March 27, a design, photography and visual arts exhibition will open and remain on view until April 14 at Building Bridges Art Exchange.

For more information on the calendar of events for YoungArts Los Angeles, please click here

YoungArts Week New York | April 23 – 28, 2019

On the heels of the YoungArts New York Gala slated for Tuesday, April 16 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the regional program in New York City will kick off in partnership with Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC). On Saturday, April 27, a dance, jazz, theater and voice performance will be presented at BAC’s Jerome Robbins Theater, followed by a classical music concert and writers’ readings. An exhibition opening reception will feature works by winners in Design Arts, Photography and Visual Arts; details to follow.


For more information on the calendar of events for YoungArts New York, please click here


Please be sure to check our website at for the most up to date information on programming and event dates.


Nov 2, 2018

2018-19 Season Kicks Off!

YoungArts’ 2018/2019 season is in full swing! To kick off our season, we celebrated YoungArts Awareness Day and welcomed some our talented alumni  to participate in some of our signature alumni programs on the YoungArts campus.

YoungArts Alumni Programming Recap

YoungArts kicked off its season in September with a dance residency. During a three-week long dance residency, the artist created an original and immersive dance theater work, which utilized artistic elements such as choreography, vocal compositions and set design to create an interactive space that explored non-binary identity and how gender is conceptualized within contemporary society. On September 27 YoungArts  encouraged alumni, donors, and the entire YoungArts family to celebrate YoungArts Awareness Day, a digital campaign to raise awareness about the YoungArts program and encourage inspiring young artists age 15-18 to apply.

On October 9 YoungArts opened its fall exhibition, “Education as the Practice of Freedom”. The exhibition features works from YoungArts Visual Arts and Design Arts alumni and examines ideas based on bell hooks’ book Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. The exhibition also addresses the different phases of transgressive education while prompting contemporary and forward thinking discourse on the subject. The exhibition will be on display in the YoungArts’ campus gallery until December 9th. Our gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

In October YoungArts also commenced its In Process Series an artist residency that focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration between alumni. 

Our next In Process will take place from March 9, 2019 to March 15, 2019 .For more information, please visit


October 30, 2018 | Launching of YoungArts Post

Last week, YoungArts officially launched YoungArts Post, an inspiring and empowering platform for the YoungArts artist family to collaborate, learn and discover new opportunities. All alumni can register and create a profile to share their work, access exclusive resources, message fellow alumni and find opportunities for funding, collaboration and more.

In addition to launching YoungArts Post to the entire alumni community, YoungArts will also launch a new microgrant program in November that will award up to $1,000 a month to alumni to support their professional and/or artistic needs.


November 14, 2018 | Up Next New York 2018

Up Next builds upon YoungArts’ mentorship model between finalists and master artists. This event features talks, workshops and panels that help prepare YoungArts alumni for successful careers in their artistic fields. This day long symposia allows alumni to network with industry experts and renowned artists. Alumni also have the opportunity to collaborate with other alumni and showcase their work in front of leaders in their field.

November 15, 2018 | Give Miami Day

Give Miami Day is a community-wide day of online giving.On November 15, you can make a real and immediate impact on the lives of young artists by donating to the National YoungArts Foundation through Give Miami Day

December 4, 2018 - December 9, 2018 | YoungArts at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

SHENEQUA (2011 Winner in Visual Arts), the inaugural recipient of the Daniel Arsham Fellowship, will present her new body of work at Pulse Miami Beach Contemporary Art Fair during Miami Art Week in December 2018. SHENEQUA’s wall-mounted sculptural hair weavings mimic African-American hairstyles (such as braiding and Bantu knots), explore cultural heritage and contemporary identity and celebrate family, womanhood, beauty and the idea of sacred space.

January 5, 2019 – January 12, 2019 | National YoungArts Week

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 in Miami Beach, Florida, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition in the YoungArts Gallery


We have an exciting season ahead! Be sure to check our website at for the most up to date information on programming and event dates.








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