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Sep 15, 2015

Announcing YoungArts Residency in Dance & 2nd Annual YoungArts Awareness Day

YoungArts Awareness Day Miami Events
YoungArts Awareness Day Miami Events

Announcing YoungArts Residency in Dance

YoungArts) is proud to announce that Complexions Contemporary Ballet—co-founded by Tony Award-nominated Broadway performer, 1986 YoungArts Winner in Modern Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Desmond Richardson—will be YoungArts’ resident dance company from October 25 through November 8. Supported by a generous grant from ArtPlace America, this residency builds on YoungArts’ existing visual arts residency program and expands the organization’s support of artists in the United States while strengthening its place as a creative catalyst for Miami’s growing cultural landscape.

Being YoungArts’ resident dance company will provide the renowned Complexions Contemporary Ballet with time, space and resources, giving the dancers a chance to work in Miami and engage with its community. Complexions will receive an honorarium; a stipend to cover travel, projects and other related expenses as well as two weeks of housing and a studio workspace in the newly renovated Jewel Box on the YoungArts Campus. While in residence, the company will create an original work by Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden that will premiere at the company’s annual Joyce Theater Season in New York between November 17 and 29. On November 7, Complexions will share some of its work with the public through an Outside the Box performance in Miami.





2nd Annual YoungArts Awareness Day

On September 24, we're celebrating the second annual YoungArts Awareness Day with events in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.  YoungArts Awareness Day is a national campaign recognizing the organization’s impact on thousands of emerging artists with a calltoaction for future generations. This year’s events will take place on the heels of National Arts in Education Week to emphasize the growing need for programs that foster development, provide access to financial rewards, and present the arts as a viable career path—especially as schools are rapidly eliminating the arts within their curricula. YoungArts Awareness Day will be celebrated through a series of public events in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. The initiative aims to show that #becauseofyoungarts, artists ages 15 to 18 years are able to take the next steps toward achieving their goals and building a strong professional network including awardwinning and acclaimed alumni, such as Doug Aitken, Conrad Tao, Desmond Richardson and Kerry Washington, among other notable figures.

“Through YoungArts Awareness Day we hope to activate the public and our more than 20,000 YoungArts alumni to reach young artists in every corner of this country and make sure they know that we are here to support their dreams of becoming a professional artist,” said Lisa Leone, Vice President of Artistic Programs for YoungArts. “We want to show them that being an artist is a worthwhile and fulfilling career path, and that we will guide and mentor them to help reach their fullest potential.”

The YoungArts network, including thousands of professional artists, master teachers, parents and aspiring artists, will take to social media to share their personal YoungArts stories and discuss why the arts are important using the hashtags #becauseofyoungarts and #keepartsalive. Events aim to inspire young artists (between the ages of 15 and 18 or in high school grades 1012) to apply to become a part of the 35th Anniversary Class of YoungArts Winners at through October 16, 2015.

YoungArts Awareness Day events in New York City will feature Andrew Rannells (1997 YoungArts Winner in Theater), Zuzanna Szadkowski (1997 YoungArts Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), and Tony Yazbeck (1997 YoungArts Winner in Theater) at the helm of a dynamic Broadway showcase. In Los Angeles, Black Gatsby (D’Angelo Lacy) (2005 YoungArts Winner in Theater) will direct a rock/pop concert starring India Carney (2011 YoungArts Winner in Theater, Voice and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts); and in Miami, at our headquarters, a selection of Daniel Arsham’s (1999 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts) work—curated by Los Angeles County Museum of Art Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art Franklin Sirmans— will open to the public in conjunction with a YoungArts Salon featuring Arsham and Sirmans in conversation about the exhibition. The first of an exciting season of programming, the YoungArts Salon Series is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For more information, visit



How will you celebrate YoungArts Awareness Day?


Daniel Arsham (1999, Visual Arts)
Curated by Franklin Sirmans, newly appointed Director of Perez Art Museum Miami
@ YoungArts
An interactive exhibition that begins with nearly 2,000 objects made of chalk and evolves with the markings, drawings and words of gallery visitors.

6:30-8 PM | Salon Series: Arsham and Sirmans in Conversation
sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

8-10 PM | Exhibition Opening Reception




2:30 PM | Greg Zelek (2010, Music) at The Met 
@ The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments, North Balcony (Gallery #683)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Free with museum admission

9:30 PM | YoungArts Cabaret 
@ 54 Below
Directed by Zuzanna Szadkowski (1997, Theater, PSA)
Performances by:
Andrew Rannells (1997, Theater)
Grace Weber (2006, Theater, Voice, PSA)
Tony Yazbeck (1997, Theater)




9 PM | A Disco/Pop Concert
@ Madame Siam in West Hollywood
Directed by D'Angelo Lacy (2005, Theater)
Performances by:
India Carney (2011, Theater, Voice, PSA)
Jay Jackson (2007, Dance, PSA)
Fiona Grey Schenkelberg (2013, Voice)
Satori Folkes-Stone (2014, Dance)
Michelle May (2014, Dance)

Free with RSVP




3 PM (EST) | Q&A with Josh Groban (1999, Theater)
Join our Facebook page for a live Q&A session with YoungArts alumnus Josh Groban!


YoungArts Awareness Day New York Events
YoungArts Awareness Day New York Events
YoungArts Awareness Day Los Angeles Events
YoungArts Awareness Day Los Angeles Events


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 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. 



White HouseThe Medal

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


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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