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May 19, 2017

2017 YoungArts Los Angeles + New York, 2nd Annual NY Gala and Enlightened Photography Exhibition

Happy May! This month we look back on two of YoungArts’ regional programs, YoungArts Los Angeles and YoungArts New York, the second annual New York gala, YoungArts’ first photography exhibition, and we look forward to what promises to be another exciting season in 2017-18!

YoungArts Los Angeles Recap

(March 28 – April 2, 2017)

The National YoungArts Foundation’s fifth annual YoungArts Los Angeles program, presented in partnership with Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA offered approximately 70 YoungArts Winners the exceptional opportunity to learn from, connect and collaborate with peers and artistic luminaries. Presented as part of a new partnership with CAP UCLA, this year’s Los Angeles student master classes and public offerings took place on the UCLA campus.

Public events included a jazz instrumental performance directed by the distinguished Dr. Ron McCurdy; writers’ readings led by Joan Morgan; a classical music performance directed by celebrated cellist Jeffery Zeigler; a multidisciplinary performance directed by award-winning dancer and choreographer John Heginbotham; and a visual arts exhibition curated by John Tain, Assistant Curator, Modern & Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute.

The intensive week included interdisciplinary workshops and concentrated master classes with accomplished masters in their field, including; Transparent producer Joan Scheckel; Jazz musician Alan Pasqua; Award-winning author Jeff Chang; New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older; Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta; Multi-media artist Jim Drain; Associate Artistic Director of Heidi Duckler Dance Theater Teresa Barceló; and the award-winning independent filmmaking duo of Nancy Savoca and Rich Guay.

 

YoungArts New York Recap

(April 25-30, 2017)

The National YoungArts Foundation 2017 YoungArts New York program welcome approximately 75 of this year’s YoungArts Winners to New York to learn, connect and collaborate with their peers and renowned artists.

Interdisciplinary workshops, public performances, and seminars and master classes were led by creative leaders such as acclaimed author Sir Salman Rushdie, dancer and choreographer Nora Chipaumire, visual artists Mickalene Thomas and Jose Párlá, Tony Award-winning vocal coach Joan Lader, and Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendell. Public programming began on Friday, April 28 with a visual arts, design and photography exhibition at Sotheby’s New York. Events at Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) included a dance, theater, voice and jazz performance directed by Grammy nominee Michael McElroy (1985 Winner in Musical Theater) and saxophonist Adam Larson (2009 Winner in Jazz), both YoungArts alumni; and a classical music concert and writers’ readings directed by acclaimed pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe (2000 Winner in Classical Music), and author and award-winning journalist Joan Morgan.

 

YoungArts New York Gala

(April 20, 2017)

On Thursday, April 20 the National YoungArts Foundation welcomed 280 of New York City’s top cultural and community leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and art aficionados to the second annual YoungArts New York Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing. Presented in collaboration with luxury brand Swarovski, with support from Max Mara, the event was hosted by honorary co-chairs Debbie Allen, Agnes Gund and Sir Salman Rushdie, as well as gala co-chairs Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm, and Gillian Hearst Simonds and Christian Simonds.

The YoungArts New York Gala was emceed by former Gossip Girl and The Knick actress Zuzanna Szadkowski (1997 Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and included a series of interdisciplinary performance vignettes  directed by YoungArts alumni Jake Goldbas (2007 Winner in Jazz), featuring soul singer and songwriter Grace Weber (2006 Winner in Voice), jazz singer, songwriter and bassist Kate Davis (2009 Winner in Jazz and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), R&B/pop singer and songwriter and The Voice Season 8 Top 5 contestant India Carney (2011 Winner in Theater, Voice and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), modern dancer Javon Jones (2016 Winner in Dance and inaugural Max Mara Young Visionary Award recipient) alongside four recent YoungArts dance alumni, and more.

 

Enlighted: Contemporary Photography

(Opened May 5, 2017)

National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) presents its first-ever exhibition dedicated solely to photography, Enlightened: Contemporary Photography by YoungArts Alumni. Featuring the works of 27 artists in Photography, Visual Arts, and Design disciplines, this multi-generational show is curated by photography luminary and YoungArts master teacher and panelist Michelle Dunn Marsh.

Enlightened celebrates the work of established alumni such as photographers Thomas Carr and Corinne May Botz who were YoungArts winners in 1982 and 1995, respectively, alongside a younger generation of artists including Cidgy Bossuet (2012), Aaron Cohen (2016) and Maxwell Zengage (2016). Spanning 34 years between the eldest and the youngest of participants, the exhibition explores photography across time as a twenty-first century medium. By looking at history and contemporary techniques, artists analyze their role in time-preservation and present investigations into the contemporary photographer’s viewpoint, intuitions and artistic choices.

 

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.

Campus Programs:

Outside the Box

May 20, 2017 | Daniel Bernard Roumain

(Ticket Price: Free)

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Feb 22, 2017

2017 YoungArts Week and Gala Recap, Upcoming Regional Programs Update

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 Los Angeles and New York.

YoungArts Week Recap

The 36th annual National YoungArts Week took place from January 8 – 15, 2017, where 165 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 photography exhibition, curated by Perez Art Museum Miami Director Franklin Sirmans, at the YoungArts campus. The winners attended master classes and workshops hosted by YoungArts alumni and highly regarded professionals in each discipline, including choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones, painter Will Cotton, and Academy Award-winning director Doug Blush (1984 Winner in Cinematic Arts).

 YoungArts Backyard Ball

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, the National YoungArts Foundation (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 Italian luxury brand Max Mara, chaired by Dr. Kira and Neil Flanzraich and emceed by comedian and actress Amanda Seales (1999 Winner in Theater), the evening honored jazz pianist Jason Moran (1993 Winner in Jazz) as this year’s Arison Alumni Award recipient and choreographer Jessica Lange as the Arison Award Honoree.

Throughout the evening guests enjoyed a series of performance vignettes which featured YoungArts alumni, directed by Tony Award-nominated actor, singer, and dancer, and 1997 YoungArts winner in Theater Tony Yazbeck. The evening concluded with the Backyard Bash on the YoungArts plaza, which featured music by DJ Walshy Fire.

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 Los Angeles (March 28 – April 2, 2017)

During YoungArts Los Angeles, winners from the area have the chance to share their talents with the public through multidisciplinary performances, a cinematic arts screening, and a visual arts exhibition.

The intensive week includes interdisciplinary workshops and concentrated master classes with accomplished masters in their field, such as choreographer, director and three-time Emmy Award winning actress Debbie Allen; Transparent producer Joan Scheckel; celebrated choreographer John Heginbotham; acclaimed composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain; Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta; visual artist Edward Arceneaux; BODYTRAFFIC Artistic director Lillian Barbeito; design duo the Haas Brothers; and the award-winning independent filmmaking duo of Nancy Savoca and Rich Guay.

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

 

YoungArts New York (April 25-30, 2017)

During YoungArts New York, participants also share their talents with the public through a series of multidisciplinary performances as well as through a visual arts and photography exhibition, writers’ reading and film screenings.

YoungArts winners in the visual, literary, performing and design arts have the opportunity to learn, connect and collaborate with fellow peers and creative luminaries across artistic disciplines. The intensive week includes interdisciplinary workshops, seminars and master classes with accomplished leaders in their fields such as Derrick Adams, Carla Dirlikov Canales, Joan Lader, Joan Morgan, Adesola Osakalumi, Sir Salman Rushdie, and Conrad Tao, among others.

For more information on the calendar of events for YoungArts Los Angeles, 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:

March 28, 2017 – April 2, 2017 | YoungArts Los Angeles

April 20, 2017 | New York Gala

April 25 – 30, 2017 | YoungArts New York

 

Campus Programs:

Outside the Box

May 20, 2017 | Daniel Bernard Roumain

(Ticket Price: Free)

 

Salon Series – Miami

March 5, 2017 | Critical Junctures: Visual Arts with Glenn Ligon

April 12, 2017 | Women & Words

May 14, 2017 | Critical Junctures: Dance

(Ticket Price: $10.00 / Alumni: Free)

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Dec 1, 2016

2017 YoungArts Winners, Transformations Film Series & Salon Recap, Miami Art Week and YoungArts Week

2017 YoungArts Winners, Transformations Film Series & Salon Recap, Miami Art Week and YoungArts Week

Happy December! YoungArts is well in to its 2016-17 season, which has already proven to be another exciting year for the organization. On November 16 we announced our 2017 YoungArts Winners, a talented group of 691 young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts. As the year comes to a close we look back on the world premiere of Transformations, five short films created by 15 interdisciplinary and multi-generational alumni, two wonderful Salon talks, and look forward to Miami Art Week and our regional programs in 2017.

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) is proud to announce the 2017 YoungArts Winners—691 of the nation’s most promising young artists in the literary, visual, design, and performing arts.       

Representing artists from 40 states, YoungArts Winners receive cash awards of up to $10,000, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs nationwide and engage with renowned mentors, and guidance in taking important steps toward achieving their artistic goals. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, the 2017 Winners represent the top 8.67% of applications.

Of this year’s 691 Winners, some have been awarded for excellence in multiple disciplines at various levels.  Altogether, 713 awards have been attributed: 166 have been named Finalists, the organization’s highest honor, 268 are Honorable Mention and 279 are Merit Winners.

We are thrilled to welcome these winners to the YoungArts family – a network of more than 20,000 artists, many of whom have become leading professionals in their fields.

A complete list of the 2017 Winners, all 15 -18 years old or in grades 10 -12, is available online at http://youngarts.org/winners. 

 

Recounting Campus Programs

Transformations Film Series

On November 5 YoungArts celebrated the world premiere of Transformations, a series of five short films created by 15 interdisciplinary and multi-generational alumni. From physical metamorphosis in present-day New Orleans to youth perspectives on the Black Lives Matter movement, this commissioned project captured the transformative power of creativity.

For more information on the films, click here

 

Artists as Citizens Salon

The first Salon talk of the season – “Artists as Citizens” – brought over 100 creatives, supporters, community leaders and arts enthusiasts together at Ted’s in the YoungArts Tower for a vibrant conversation about art activism and social practice. “Artists as Citizens” featured internationally renowned artists Teresita Fernandez, Mel Chin, and YoungArts alumnus Chat Travieso (2003 Winner in Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), and moderator Carolina García Jayaram, YoungArts President & CEO.

For more information on Artists as Citizens, click here

 

Rebellion + Innovation Salon

The second talk of the season – “Rebellion + Innovation” – was presented in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. This salon featured an intimate conversation with world renowned British choreographer Michael Clark, ICA Miami’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator Alex Gartenfeld, and YoungArts alumna Brittany Bailey (2008 YoungArts Winner in Dance). This salon took place in anticipation of the Michael Clark Company's debut performance on Thursday, November 17, 2016 in the YoungArts Jewel Box.

 

Miami Art Week

To celebrate Miami Art Week 2016, YoungArts will host three exhibitions that feature works of YoungArts alumni alongside world renowned artists.

For more information on Miami Art Week events, click here

 

YoungArts Week

The 2017 National YoungArts Week will take place from January 8-15, 2017. Every year, approximately 170 Finalists come to Miami to participate in National YoungArts Week. During the weeklong intensive, participants across 10 disciplines take master classes and workshops with internationally renowned leaders in their field, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems, among others.

For more information on the calendar of performances for our signature program, 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. 

 

From all of us at YoungArts, we wish you a happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

 

Regional Programs:

January 8-15, 2017 | YoungArts Week

January 14, 2017 | Miami Gala

February 21-26, 2017 | YoungArts Miami

March 28, 2017 – April 2, 2017 | YoungArts Los Angeles

April 20, 2017 | New York Gala

April 25 – 30, 2017 | YoungArts New York

 

Campus Programs:

Outside the Box

March 18, 2017 | Daniel Bernard Roumain directs an all-star alumni cast involving live scoring and film

May 20, 2017 | Yara Travieso (2005, Winner in Dance/Ballet, Dance/Choreography)

(Ticket Price: Free)

Salon Series – Miami

February 15, 2017 | Discovery & Emerging Talent: Salaam Remi & Victoria Canal (2016, Winner in Voice & PSA)

April 19, 2017 | Women & Words

May 17, 2017 | Art & the Next Wave: Yara Travieso  

(Ticket Price: $10.00 / Alumni: Free)

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