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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.








Aug 7, 2018

2019 Applications and New and Expanded Alumni Initiatives

YoungArts is gearing up for its 2018-19 season, which promises to be another exciting year for the organization. YoungArts has a full calendar of energetic programming and events on the horizon, including signature regional weeks and robust programs that will highlight the organization’s talented alumni. 

Visual, Literary, Design and Performing Artists 15-18 Years Old Encouraged to Apply to National YoungArts Foundation 

Call For 2019 Applications Open Through October 12, 2018 

Through October 12, emerging artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts ages 15–18 or in high school grades 10–12 are encouraged to apply to YoungArts to participate in one of the most comprehensive programs dedicated to supporting and propelling young artists. YoungArts winners receive the opportunity to participate in intensive programs nationwide; engage with renowned mentors; the chance to be nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts; monetary awards, including prizes of up to $10,000; and ongoing support as they work to achieve their professional and artistic goals. Prospective candidates should submit applications online at

YoungArts winners are designated as a Finalist, Honorable Mention or Merit winner through a blind adjudication process by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists. The 2019 Finalists, the most talented artists from across the nation, will attend the organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week, in Miami from January 6–13. During the week, winners work with distinguished artists in intensive master classes, workshops and seminars and share their work with the public through performances and screenings at New World Symphony as well as writers’ readings and an exhibition curated on the YoungArts campus. National YoungArts Week will culminate with the YoungArts Backyard Ball performance and gala. The event celebrates the year’s outstanding YoungArts winners and raises funds to support YoungArts programs.

Here is a short video of Timothée Chalamet, 2013 YoungArts Winner in Theater, on why you should apply to YoungArts!


Learn more at


New and Expanded Alumni Initiatives

In advance of its upcoming season, the National YoungArts Foundation is renewing its commitment to the arts by increasing resources and support for winners and alumni. In support of the organization’s mission to nurture and support artists throughout their life cycle, YoungArts will increase the amount of resources available to artists at their second critical juncture — the transition from student to professional. This support will include access to fellowships, residency programs, career development symposia, and exhibition and performance opportunities with YoungArts, its cultural partners, and its alumni network comprised of over 20,000 artists.

YoungArts is further expanding its support for alumni across three areas: artistic development; presentation opportunities; and professional development.

“We are proud to announce a season committed to nurturing the next great generation of artists that truly shows how far our alumni have come. YoungArts is continuously growing the support for alumni artists throughout their careers with professional and artistic development opportunities,” said Carolina García Jayaram, YoungArts President and CEO. “For this new season we are excited to invite art supporters in Miami and around the nation to join us and experience YoungArts winners and alumni, who will showcase their works through a variety of programs, residencies, performances and exhibitions." 


Artistic Development
For the 2018/2019 season, YoungArts is expanding residency opportunities available to alumni through various new partnerships.

Starting September 10, 2018, YoungArts alumna Jay Jackson will take over the YoungArts Jewel Box for a dance residency that will include the creation of a new piece featuring multiple YoungArts alumni in Classical Music, Dance and Design Arts, as well as public performances, workshops and community engagement.

A new partnership with Aimco will offer six Visual Arts alumni the opportunity to create site-specific installations in a public exhibition space at Bay Parc Apartments in Miami over the course of two years. Accompanied by activations and art talks, the project connects artists to the public and aims to foster art as an integral part of living in Miami. The first resident artist is Nadia Wolff (2016 Winner in Design Arts and Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), who will explore space structure within a black Caribbean context, and transform the exhibition space through printed works into a collage that channels the energy inherent to Haitian cities, homes and history.

For the third consecutive year, YoungArts will continue its In Process residency program dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration. At the conclusion of the residency, two YoungArts alumni will showcase their work on the YoungArts Campus through a public presentation and conversation. This year, In Process will highlight YoungArts’ over 30-year history of supporting artists by focusing on intergenerational work and pairing alumni not only across disciplines, but generations.


Presentation Opportunities

Since 2013, the two-story YoungArts Gallery has hosted exhibitions by YoungArts master artists, winners and alumni, including Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Arsham (1999 Winner in Visual Arts) and Hernan Bas (1994 Winner in Visual Arts).

This fall, YoungArts presents “Education as the Practice of Freedom,” an exhibition curated by Jasmine Wahi  whose practice predominantly focuses on issues of female empowerment, complicating binary structures within social discourses, and exploring multipositional cultural identities through the lens of intersectional feminism. Opening on October 9, 2018, 

the exhibition will feature works by Visual Arts and Design Arts alumni that are in conversation with one of three prompts or “phases” related to the idea of transgressive education in Bell Hooks’s Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. The exhibition will feature additional programming in celebration of Miami Art Week in December. In spring, YoungArts will present an exhibition featuring the work of Photography alumni.

Additionally this season, YoungArts will also support our Visual Arts, Design Arts and Photography alumni with exhibitions and residencies with the following partners:

Alumni work will be available for purchase at two of the nation’s premiere art fairs: Pulse Miami Beach Contemporary Art Fair in December 2018 and EXPO Chicago in September 2018, where interdisciplinary textile artist SHENEQUA (2011 Winner in Visual Arts), the inaugural recipient of the Daniel Arsham Fellowship, will present her new body of work. The wall-mounted sculptural hair weavings mimicking African-American hairstyles like braiding and bantu knotting explore cultural heritage and contemporary identity and celebrates family, womanhood, beauty and the idea of sacred space.

YoungArts at ONE will annually feature alumni works as part of the ONE Is Where The Art is art program by ONE Sotheby’s International Realty.


Professional Development
Building on the success of YoungArts’ mentorship model with master artists across disciplines, Up Next features talks, workshops and panels that help prepare YoungArts alumni for successful careers in their artistic fields. Led by industry experts and renowned artists, day long symposia take place in Los Angeles and New York, which are followed by showcases of alumni work and networking opportunities for alumni to collaborate with one another and pitch their work to leaders in the field.

YoungArts will also offer targeted half-day Up Next programming prior to all core program weeks for alumni who are serving as Resident Advisors in those programs.

YoungArts Post

In 2018, YoungArts launched YoungArts Post, an online community where alumni can connect, collaborate, find opportunities in their respective fields and access vital online resources to advance their careers. This initiative was conceived to adapt to the shifting tides of communication and interaction for alumni who not only live throughout the world, but also continuously travel and tour.

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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