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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.

May 4, 2018

2018 Regional Programs Recap, Upcoming Events and 2019 Applications

El Ciclon
El Ciclon

Happy May! As we approach the end of a wonderful season here at YoungArts we look back on the success of our stellar regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York and look forward to several exciting programs on our campus in Miami to close out the year.

YoungArts Regional Programs Recap

YoungArts Miami (February 2018), YoungArts Los Angeles (March 2018) and YoungArts New York (April 2018) showcased the work of the talented 2018 YoungArts Winners. From performances in Miami at the Miami Theater Center, a visual arts showcase at Building Bridges in Santa Monica to an exhibition opening at MoMA PS1, these three regional weeks were packed with cross-disciplinary collaboration and learning opportunities for these young artists.

Applications open June 2018!

Applications to become a 2019 YoungArts Winner will be accepted from June 5, 2018 through October 12, 2018. Young artists between the ages of 15 and 18 or in high school grades 10-12 across the nation are encouraged to apply online at

The YoungArts application consists of ten disciplines to which young artists may apply: Cinematic Arts, Dance, Design Arts, Jazz, Music, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, and Writing. YoungArts Winners are selected annually through a blind adjudication process and are designated into three categories: Finalist, Honorable Mention, and Merit. Finalists are eligible to participate in National YoungArts Week in Miami in January 2019, and all Winners are eligible to participate in one of YoungArts’ regional programs – YoungArts Miami, YoungArts Los Angeles and YoungArts New York – space permitting. In addition, Finalists and Honorable Mention Winners receive monetary recognition from YoungArts. YoungArts Winners have the chance to work with renowned mentors, such as Marina Abramovic, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis and Robert Redford; receive cash awards of up to $10,000; gain access to significant scholarships; be recognized as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts (YoungArts is the exclusive nominating agency for this high honor for artistically-talented graduating high school seniors); and perform and exhibit their work at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), MoMA (New York) and New World Center (Miami).

Outside the Box : El Ciclon (May 12, 2018)

National YoungArts Foundation’s signature Outside the Box program returns with “El Ciclón,” created by YoungArts alumna and director, filmmaker and choreographer Yara Travieso (2005 Winner in Dance). Described as a “wild neo-feminist mythology trapped inside a 1950s B-movie psychological thriller with singing, dancing, and just enough alligators” by Travieso, “El Ciclón” is a multidisciplinary transmedia story about protagonist Ava, who finds herself in a precarious situation facing an impossible moral decision. “El Ciclón” is a one-night-only performance on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) that will reimagine the YoungArts Plaza at 2100 Biscayne Boulevard as a South Florida swamp. This program is free and open to the public with RSVP to


Please see below for a comprehensive list of upcoming calendar dates for the season. Be sure to check our website at for the most up to date information on programs and events.


Upcoming Alumni Programs:

May 12, 2018 | Outside the Box, El Ciclon by Yara Travieso

June 4 – 9, 2018 | In Process: Homecoming with Cat Garcia-Menocal

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