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.
Jun 19, 2015

Announcing the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars!

2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Performance Invite
2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Performance Invite

THE NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION CONGRATULATES THE 51ST CLASS OF U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS IN THE ARTS

The 20 Scholars in the Arts, all YoungArts Winners, were nominated to The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars by YoungArts for their artistic achievement, and then selected based on academic achievement, personal characteristics and leadership and service activities. The award, presented on behalf of the President of the United States, is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students and symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.

Each year, the U.S. Presidential Scholars are invited to Washington, D.C. for several days of recognition activities. The scholars meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other leaders. Scholars also visit museums and monuments in our nation’s capital and attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies held in their honor. 

In addition to these activities, the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts have the opportunity to display their artwork in an exhibition and perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

 

ABOUT THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM 

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In 1979, President Carter expanded the program to honor up to 20 students through an artistic competition. The National YoungArts Foundation is the sole nominating agency for these scholars - the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts - identifying candidates selected from among the winners of its national program.

YoungArts begins with approximately 11,000 applications and ultimately nominates 60 winners for consideration by a Commission appointed by the President. Through a rigorous selection and review process administered by the U.S. Department of Education, scholars are selected on the basis of academic and artistic success, leadership, service in school and the community, and creativity.

 

2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts
2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts
2015 YoungArts PSA Millennium Stage Schedule
2015 YoungArts PSA Millennium Stage Schedule

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Mar 20, 2015

YoungArts Regional Programs Continue to Change the Lives of Young Artists!

Each year, the National YoungArts Foundation hosts regional programs in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York which are modeled after its signature national program, National YoungArts Week, held annually in Miami, where the organization is headquartered. Throughout the week, participants work with renowned artists, who offer them support, advice and encouragement to pursue their passions and a career in the arts. Through these regional programs, YoungArts engages hundreds of Winners, who were chosen from a pool of more than 11,000 applications from 15-18 old (or grades 10-12) artists from around the country. Winners also have an opportunity to receive cash awards of up to $10,000 (YoungArts has bestowed over $12 million in monetary awards to date); are afforded access to significant scholarships (in the past two years alone, YoungArts has facilitated in excess of $60 million in scholarship opportunities); and are eligible to be recognized as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, as YoungArts is the exclusive nominating agency for this high honor for artistically talented graduating high school seniors.

The YoungArts Los Angeles Regional Program occurred February 17-22, 2015, and offered approximately 100 aspiring artists – all of whom were 2015 YoungArts Winners – life-changing experiences. During YoungArts Los Angeles, these emerging artists participated in interdisciplinary workshops and intensive master classes with renowned masters in their field, including dance legend Debbie Allen (Dance); Chief Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA Franklin Sirmans (Visual Arts); acclaimed Los Angeles-based design duo the Haas Brothers (Design); Tony Award nominee Malcolm Gets (Theater); and the award-winning independent filmmaking duo of Nancy Savoca and Rich Guay (Cinematic Arts).During YoungArts Los Angeles, participants also shared their talents with the public through three multidisciplinary performances, a cinematic arts screening, and a visual arts exhibition at the Los Angeles Theater Center on Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles.

A few weeks after YoungArts Los Angeles concluded, the YoungArts Miami Regional Program took place.  Over 100 YoungArts Winners gathered in Miami March 10-15, 2015 to work with Master Artists such as YoungArts Alumna Zuzanna Szadkowski, Phillip Neal, John Heginbotham and Kristy Edmunds, and showcased their creativity through performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings on the YoungArts Campus and at the Colony Theatre.

Next month, more talented YoungArts Winners will be heading to the city where dreams are made of to participate in the YoungArts New York Regional Program, taking place from April 27 to May 3, 2015.

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Dec 22, 2014

Announcing 2015's YoungArts Winners!

Dance performance at 2014 YoungArts Week
Dance performance at 2014 YoungArts Week

 

National YoungArts Foundation Announces 2015 YoungArts Winners

786 Students from 46 States Recognized for Excellence in the Literary, Visual, Design and Performing Arts Finalists to Participate in 2015 National YoungArts Week in Miami from January 4 to 11, 2015

MIAMI, FL (November 20, 2014) – Today, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) announces its 2015 YoungArts Winners. Out of more than 11,000 applications, 786 young artists from 46 states are being recognized for their outstanding work and accomplishments in one of ten disciplines across the literary, visual, design and performing arts. All Winners will have the opportunity to participate in YoungArts programs designed to support young artists at critical junctures in their careers and to encourage them to pursue a life in the arts. A complete list of the Winners is available online here: www.youngarts.org/our-program.

"I congratulate all 786 Winners and look forward to welcoming the Finalists to our campus in January and getting to know this vibrant and passionate group of artists during National YoungArts Week," stated Paul T. Lehr, President & CEO of the National YoungArts Foundation. "These are our nation’s next big names, from Hollywood to Broadway, from museum walls to fashion runways, and I always look forward to seeing where all of our Winners end up."

YoungArts Winners are designated into three categories–Finalist, Honorable Mention and Merit–and are selected through a blind adjudication process. Some Winners are awarded for excellence in more than one discipline. 2015 Finalists have the opportunity to participate in the 34th annual National YoungArts Week, which takes place in Miami from January 4 to 11, 2015, and all 2015 Winners are eligible to participate in YoungArts’ regional programs – YoungArts Los Angeles (February 17-22, 2015), YoungArts Miami (March 10-15, 2015), and YoungArts New York (April 27 – May 3, 2015) – space permitting.

All Winners become part of the YoungArts alumni network of more than 20,000 artists, many of whom have gone on to become leading professionals in their fields, including visual artists Doug Aitken and Daniel Arsham; musicians Terrence Blanchard and Jennifer Koh; filmmaker Doug Blush; recording artists Josh Groban and Chris Young; writers Jenji Kohan and Sam Lipsyte; actors Viola Davis, Andrew Rannells and Kerry Washington; renowned choreographer Desmond Richardson; and recent So You Think You Can Dance winner Ricky Ubeda. YoungArts supports its alumni in a number of ways, such as providing them with opportunities to participate in national programs, local events and the three-time Emmy-nominated HBO Family Documentary Special, YoungArts MasterClass; seeking ways to promote their artistic ideas and projects; and establishing connections for them with YoungArts’ partners around the country, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Winners are also eligible to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, as YoungArts is the exclusive nominating agency for this high honor for artistically talented graduating high school seniors. Every year, YoungArts nominates 60 YoungArts Winners to the White House-appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars, 20 of whom are then selected to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

Of the 786 Winners, approximately 170 Finalists from across the nation will come together for National YoungArts Week. During National YoungArts Week, Finalists will participate in a week of intense master classes and workshops with internationally renowned artists. Past Master Teachers include Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Bobby McFerrin, Robert Redford, James Rosenquist, Marisa Tomei and Bruce Weber, to name a few. Throughout the week, Finalist’s work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels including a monetary award of up to $10,000. Students will also have the opportunity to share their work with the public through performances and exhibitions at New World Center and on the YoungArts campus.

YoungArts Week is supported by our National Premier Sponsor Carnival Foundation; the 2015 YoungArts Week Performance Sponsor SunTrust; as well as Aon; James Royal Palm Hotel; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the Miami Herald; MIAMI Magazine; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

In celebration of the 2015 YoungArts Winners, the YoungArts Backyard Ball Performance and Gala will be held on the YoungArts campus for the second time on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Co-chaired by Bruce and Tracey Berkowitz and Elizabeth and Facundo Bacardi, the evening will feature an alumni performance directed by Tony Award-winning dancer, choreographer and YoungArts Artistic Advisor Bill T. Jones, and emceed by actress and YoungArts Alumna Zuzanna Szadkowski (1997 Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts).

Congratulations to our 2015 YoungArts Winners!
Congratulations to our 2015 YoungArts Winners!

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