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.
Outside the Box
May 20, 2017 | Daniel Bernard Roumain
(Ticket Price: Free)
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