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Feb 5, 2018

2018 YoungArts Week & Backyard Ball Gala Recap, YoungArts Miami and Regional Programs

YoungArts Miami Invitation
YoungArts Miami Invitation

Happy February! 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.

YoungArts Week Recap

This year National YoungArts Week took place from January 7 – 13, 2018, where 166 of the nation’s most promising artists between the ages of 15-18 gathered in Miami to strengthen their craft. Performances took place all week long at the New World Symphony Center in Miami Beach and included voice, jazz, theater, dance, film screenings and a classical music ensemble, as well as writers’ readings and a visual arts exhibition. The winners attended master classes and workshops hosted by YoungArts alumni and highly regarded professionals in each discipline, including choreographer Nora Chipaumire, visual artist Teresita Fernandez and jazz musician, Jimmy Heath.

 

YoungArts Backyard Ball

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, the National YoungArts Foundation 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 Italian luxury brand Max Mara, chaired by Dr. Kira and Neil Flanzraich and emceed by WPLG-Local 10 News Anchor and Reporter Louis Aguirre, the evening honored Academy-Award winning playwright and YoungArts master teacher Tarell Alvin McCraney (1999 Winner in Theater) as the 2018 Arison Alumni Award recipient.

Guests enjoyed a series of inspiring alumni performances with artistic direction by Grammy Award winner Grace Weber (2006 Winner in Voice & U.S Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and featuring Thirdstory (Ben Lusher, 2010 Winner in Voice; Richard Saunders, 2008 Winner in Voice & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts; Elliott Skinner, 2013 Winner in Voice), Nadia Alexander (2012 Winner in Theater & U.S Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Amanda Krische (2012 Winner in Dance), Jasmine “Jaz” Sinclair (2012 Winner in Theater), Jose “BOY BOI” Tena (2012 Winner in Dance), Elliot Wuu (2017 Winner in Classical Music), and an all-star alumni jazz band led by four-time Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Gerald Clayton (2002 Winner in Jazz & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) with Braxton Cook (2010 Winner in Jazz), Julius Rodriguez (2014 Winner in Jazz), Zack Ostroff (2011 Winner in Jazz & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and Benny Benack (2009 Winner in Jazz).

The evening concluded with the Backyard Bash after-party on the YoungArts Plaza with dancing and dessert under the stars, with music by legendary DJ and producer Arthur Baker.

The event raised more than $1.5M in support of YoungArts’ programs in Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., which offer aspiring young artists life-changing opportunities to work with leading artists in their fields, present their work to the public, and collaborate across disciplines.

 

YoungArts Miami (February 25 – 28, 2018)

At Miami Theater Center, the public will have the opportunity to experience a dance, theater and voice performance on Saturday, February 24, directed by Caleb Teicher (2011 Winner in Dance) in collaboration with Michael Benjamin Washington (1997 Winner in Theater & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Macey Sullivan and India Carney (2011 Winner in Voice and Theater & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts); and on Sunday, February 25, a classical music concert directed by Dave Eggar (1987 Winner in Classical Music & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) in collaboration with composer Chuck Palmer and international performer, choreographer and educator Andrew Nemr (1997 Winner in Dance). On Friday, February 23, the public is invited to the YoungArts campus for a film screening, jazz performance and writers’ readings, along with the opening of a design, photography and visual arts exhibition curated by Rosie Gordon Wallace, on view until April 27. YoungArts Miami participants will also have the opportunity to learn from visual artists Loni Johnson and Robert Chambers, jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen (2009 Winner in Jazz), author and award-winning journalist Joan Morgan (who will also teach in Los Angeles and New York) and cinematographer Rick Delgado (1992 Winner in Cinematic Arts).

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

YoungArts Los Angeles (March 24-29, 2018)

Presented in partnership with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, this year’s Los Angeles public offerings will include a jazz instrumental performance and writers’ readings on Monday, March 26; a classical music performance on Tuesday, March 27, directed by violinist Lina Bahn; and a multidisciplinary performance directed by master teacher and musical director Christian Hebel on Wednesday, March 28. On Sunday, March 25, a design, photography and visual arts exhibition curated by Jamillah James will open and remain on view until April 14 at Building Bridges. YoungArts Los Angeles participants will also have the opportunity to learn from Academy Award winning cinematographer Doug Blush (1984 Winner in Cinematic Arts), visual artist Mariah Garnett, Lucie Foundation Executive Director Cat Jimenez and distinguished jazz musician Dr. Ron McCurdy.

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

 

YoungArts New York (April 24-29, 2018)

On the heels of the YoungArts New York Gala on Wednesday, April 18, 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 28, a dance, jazz, theater and voice performance directed by YoungArts alumnus and Tony Award-winning musical director Michael Arden (2001 Winner in Theater & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) will be presented at BAC’s Jerome Robbins Theater, followed by a classical music performance led by acclaimed cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and writers’ readings on Sunday, April 29. A design, photography and visual arts exhibition will also be presented. Details to follow. YoungArts New York participants will also have the opportunity to learn from acclaimed visual artist Derrick Adams, jazz musician Adam Larson (2009 Winner in Jazz), photographer Lydia Bittner-Baird and screenwriter Shari Carpenter.

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

 

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

 

Regional Programs:

February 20 - 25, 2018 | YoungArts Miami

March 24 – 29, 2018 | YoungArts Los Angeles

April 24 - 29, 2018 | YoungArts New York

 

Alumni Programs:

April 2 – 7, 2018 | In Process: Homecoming with Ernest Baker

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

Nov 9, 2017

Alumni Symposia, Miami Art Week and 2018 National YoungArts Week

IMAGINATION LAND: Fantastical Narrative
IMAGINATION LAND: Fantastical Narrative

YoungArts is well in to another exciting season! Fast approaching are alumni symposia in November in Los Angeles and New York, which will provide alumni with professional development opportunities; Miami Art Week in early December where YoungArts will showcase alumni work on campus and at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair and YoungArts Week in January 2018, where roughly 170 of the nation’s most promising artists between the ages of 15-18 gather in Miami to strengthen their craft YoungArts has a full calendar of energetic programming and events on the horizon, including regional programs and robust initiatives that will highlight the organization’s talented alumni.

 

Up Next Alumni Symposia

Building on the success of YoungArts’ model of mentorship with master artists across disciplines, day-long symposia called Up Next will feature talks, workshops and panels that help further prepare YoungArts alumni for successful careers in their artistic fields. Led by industry experts and renowned artists, the symposia will take place in Los Angeles on November 8 and New York on November 15.

 

YoungArts Miami Art Week Activations

During this year’s Miami Art Week, the National YoungArts Foundation will present two exhibitions of work by emerging artists, furthering their commitment to supporting the organization’s alumni as they establish themselves in the art world. At the YoungArts Gallery, IMAGINATION LAND: Fantastical Narrative, curated by multidisciplinary artist and YoungArts master teacher Derrick Adams, will feature new and recent interdisciplinary works addressing consumerism, gender roles, the environment and ceremonial ritual. At PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, Helen Toomer, co-founder and artistic director of STONELEAF RETREAT and former director of PULSE, will curate a booth titled Searching exhibiting works by 15 YoungArts alumni.

IMAGINATION LAND: Fantastical Narrative

Curated by Derrick Adams, IMAGINATION LAND: Fantastical Narrative is a group exhibition featuring YoungArts alumni whose works respond to and are in conversation with consumerism, gender roles, the environment, and ceremonial ritual. Including video, sculpture, painting and performative works, the exhibition explores how the mechanics of art production play a major part in the way we see ourselves as products of our environment. Provocative, complex and self-referential, the exhibition proposes new ideas and concepts of external objects, fuses the possible with the impossible, and invites the viewer into a space of self-discovery.

On view now through December 15, 2017

YoungArts Gallery \ 2100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

 

Searching: PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach (Booth S-212). At PULSE Contemporary Art Fair ad Indian Beach Park, former PULSE Director and now co-founder and artistic director of STONELEAF RETREAT Helen Toomer will curate Searching, an exhibition of works by 15 YoungArts alumni. The YoungArts booth is one of over 70 galleries from five continents. The thirteenth edition of PULSE in MIami Beach will be held from December 7-10, 2017. 

 

National YoungArts Week

The 2018 Finalists, the most talented artists from across the nation, will attend the organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week, in Miami from January 7–14. 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 by Pérez Art Museum Miami Assistant Curator Jennifer Inacio on the YoungArts campus. National YoungArts Week will culminate with the YoungArts Backyard Ball performance and gala. The event, presented by Max Mara, celebrates the year’s outstanding YoungArts winners and raises funds to support YoungArts programs.

 

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

Aug 16, 2017

2018 Applications, New and Expanded Initiatives and Upcoming Alumni Exhibition

YoungArts is gearing up for its 2017-18 season, which promises to be another exciting year for the organization. Kicking off with IMAGINATION LAND: Fantastical Narrative, an alumni exhibition curated by YoungArts master teach Derrick Adams, 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 2018 Applications Open Through October 13, 2017

Through October 13, 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 http://www.youngarts.org/apply 

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 2018 Finalists, the most talented artists from across the nation, will attend the organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week, in Miami from January 7–14. 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 by Pérez Art Museum Miami Assistant Curator Jennifer Inacio on the YoungArts campus. National YoungArts Week will culminate with the YoungArts Backyard Ball performance and gala. The event, presented by Max Mara, celebrates the year’s outstanding YoungArts winners and raises funds to support YoungArts programs.

New and Expanded Initiatives

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

Professional Development

Building on the success of YoungArts’ model of mentorship with master artists across disciplines, day-long symposia called Up Next will feature talks, workshops and panels that help further prepare YoungArts alumni for successful careers in their artistic fields. Led by industry experts and renowned artists, the symposia will take place in New York on November 6 and Los Angeles on November 13, and will each culminate in a public program.

Artistic Development

Shining a national spotlight on Miami as a place where artists are supported and cultural momentum is growing, YoungArts is offering its alumni with roots in the area an opportunity to participate in In Process: Homecoming, an artist-in-residence program dedicated to collaboration. The program will provide artists with time, space and resources to create work and encourages them to recruit other YoungArts alumni to participate, experiment and innovate with them. At the conclusion of the residency, the artists will showcase their work in the neighborhood where they grew up, further expanding YoungArts’ programs into communities throughout Miami.

Presentation Opportunities

The YoungArts Gallery has hosted exhibitions by YoungArts master teachers, winners and alumni, including Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Arsham and Hernan Bas since 2013. This fall, YoungArts will present IMAGINATION LAND: Fantastical Narrative, a group exhibition of works by 11 YoungArts alumni curated by multidisciplinary artist and YoungArts master teacher Derrick Adams. On view from September 9 through Miami Art Week, the exhibition features artists whose works respond to and are in conversation with consumerism, gender roles, the environment, and ceremonial ritual. Including video, sculpture, painting and performative works, the exhibition explores how the mechanics of art production play a major part in the way we see ourselves as products of our surroundings. Artists include YoungArts alumni from the past five years: Elle Cox, Glenn Davis, Su Wan Kim, Mateo Nava, Mika Rosenberg, Sebastian Ruiz, Celia Shaheen, SWAG FUTURE David Correa x Alberto Checa, Cornelius Tulloch, and Wade Winslow.

YoungArts' celebrated Outside the Box series, which features multidisciplinary performances by YoungArts alumni on the YoungArts Plaza will continue on November 4, 2017 with Outside the Box: Yara Travieso. Director and choreographer Yara Travieso, known for creating hybrid works of cinema, opera, theatre and dance, will curate an all-women YoungArts alumni music festival presented within one of her signature immersive set designs and alongside Travieso’s cutting-edge transmedia choreography.

Next summer, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, YoungArts will present the first ever Visual Arts Alumni Showcase in Washington, D.C. Notably, for the past 34 years, YoungArts has partnered with the Department of Education on the U.S. Presidential Scholars program and serves as the sole nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

 

Mark your calendars for IMAGINATION LAND: Fantastical Narrative

Curated by Derrick Adams, IMAGINATION LAND: Fantastical Narrative is a group exhibition featuring YoungArts alumni whose works respond to and are in conversation with consumerism, gender roles, the environment, and ceremonial ritual. Including video, sculpture, painting and performative works, the exhibition explores how the mechanics of art production play a major part in the way we see ourselves as products of our environment. Provocative, complex and self-referential, the exhibition proposes new ideas and concepts of external objects, fuses the possible with the impossible, and invites the viewer into a space of self-discovery.

Exhibition Opening Saturday, September 9 \ 5-8 PM

YoungArts Gallery \ 2100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

On view until December 15

Free and open to the public. RSVP at imaginationland.eventbrite.com

 

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

 
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