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.
Sep 18, 2014

First Annual YoungArts Awareness Day is a Success!

YoungArts Staff and Members with Alumni Mural
YoungArts Staff and Members with Alumni Mural

We would like to extend a warm THANK YOU to all the individuals and organizations who helped us celebrate YoungArts Awareness Day. Through your support, we were able to spread the word about the importance of arts education. We were inspired by the overwhelming response and hope you will continue to #KeepArtsAlive! 

A special thank you to those who donated in support of YoungArts Awareness Day:

Books and Books; Betty B. Chapman; Albert Clark; Tracey Corwin; Ann and Felipe De Las Pozas; Irene DuMaurier-Oleksiak; Michael and Amy Goldbas; Dennis A. Gorman; Agnes Gund; Jennifer and David Lee Heinemann; P. Todd Heustess; Mark and Ann Hicks; Linda and William Ho; The James Royal Palm; Kalyn Chapman James; Brian E. and Suzanne L. Keeley; Dr. Valerica Maican; Marvin L. Meitus; Mark T. and Sharon Nash; Soledad Picón-Fernandez; Ellen B. Pilelsky and Roy Oppenheim; Alex Pline; Joseph S. and Norma Rosenberg; Denis Sheeran; Charles and Sandra Simon; E. Roe and Penelope W. Stamps; Gina and Doug Steffen; Gail Waxenberg and Dale Chapman Webb. 

Check out a some of the highlights from the day below.

MIAMI - In Miami, the YoungArts Awareness Day celebration kicked off with a breakfast where YoungArts received official proclamations by both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County declaring September 8th YoungArts Awareness Day. Guests were taken on a tour of the latest piece of art on the campus - a mural by YoungArts Alumnus Lee Pivnik and muralist Douglas "Hox" Hoekzema. The day continued with pop-up performances around town, and the premiere screening of the HBO show Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass, followed by a salon sponsored by the Knight Foundation and performance by the Grammy award-winning violinist and YoungArts Alumni. 

NEW YORK - In New York, YoungArts alumni gathered in Rockefeller Center to kick off YoungArts Awareness Day at the Today Show/NBC. That same afternoon alumni gathered at Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle and treated guests to a wonderful performance. 

LOS ANGELES - In Los Angeles, YoungArts alumni popped-up at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica and wowed shoppers with their artistic talents.

NASHVILLE - We were there when YoungArts Alumnus and country music star Chris Young visited the Nashville School of the Arts on YoungArts Awareness Day to donate $30,000 for the school's new auditorium and speak about the important of music education!


The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists, and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts.

Joshua Bell Salon and Performance
Joshua Bell Salon and Performance
Happy YoungArts Awareness Day
Happy YoungArts Awareness Day
Alumni Chris Young at Nashville School of the Arts
Alumni Chris Young at Nashville School of the Arts

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Jun 20, 2014

We Congratulate the U.S. Presidential Scholars!

2014 PSA Winners
2014 PSA Winners

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the US Presidential Scholars Program, we would like to congratulate the 20 Scholars in the Arts, all 2014 YoungArts Winners, who were nominated to The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars by YoungArts, and selected based on academic, civic and artistic achievement.

The award, presented on behalf of the President of the United States, is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an artistically talented graduating high school senior. These talented young artists will showcase their work at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Please join us for free performances and exhibitions in Washington DC June 23rd and 24th:


Monday, June 23, 2014, 8:00 pm / A Salute to the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars
An Evening of Performances by the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts Directed by Bill T. Jones
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall
2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 7:30 pm / An Exhibition of Works
Exhibition of Artwork, Readings, and Screenings by 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts
The Smithsonian Institution, S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Event is FREE. Seating is limited and on a first come, first seated basis, with priority given to Scholars & their families. Exhibition will be on view through August 7, 2014.

For more information or to RSVP please go to youngarts.org.

Thank you for your support of the next generation of artists and the future of the arts!

Mar 18, 2014

2014 first quarter line up!

Season Schedule Image
Season Schedule Image

It has been an exciting start to 2014!  YoungArts hosted its 33rd annual YoungArts Week in Miami January 6 - 12, 2014. The organization welcomed 171 young artists to participate in master classes, exhibitions, and performances throughout the city. The culmination event YoungArts Backyard Ball, the largest fundraiser of the year, took place on the YoungArts campus on January 11. The Gala and special alumni performance brought together more than 800 notable guests to celebrate the artistic excellence of the 2014 YoungArts Finalists.

The evening raised significant funds to support the mission of YoungArts - to identify and support the next generation of artists, and contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the literary, performing, visual and design arts.

In February, we celebrated our Miami regional winners with over 100 students participating in master classes, workshops and performance opportunities.

Next Up.....

YoungArts Los Angeles (March 18 - 23) and YoungArts New York (April 1 - April 7). Stay tuned for schedule details.

Over the past 32 years, YoungArts has provided invaluable resources to talented high school students who aspire to a career in the visual, performing and literary arts. YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 alumni. YoungArts also has facilitated more than $150 million in college scholarship awards, and provided life-changing opportunities at pivotal points in these emerging young artists’ development. 

Thank you for your support and help in advancing our mission.

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