Support Art Education and Inspire Young Artists

by National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts

Calling all New York residents!!!

Please join us May 9-11 for YoungArts New York. The YoungArts New York program gives the winners and alumni from the New York area unique opportunities to showcase their talents, work with great masters, and enrich their artistic vision throughout the year through YoungArts collaborations and partnerships with the City's leading arts organizations. 

This year's events kick off on May 9!!!

Our schedule includes:

Master classes with:

  • Irving Sandler an American art critic and educator
  • Bill T. Jones, an award-winning multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater
    director and writer. 
  • Jay Scheib, Award winning stage director, designer, author of plays, operas and live art events

Performance Dates:

·          Thursday, May 9 / 7:30pm - Performance at BAC (Baryshnikov Arts Center) Performances
programmed by Mikhail Baryshnikov

·          Friday, May 10 / 6:30pm to 8:30pm - Visual Arts, Photography opening at the Founders
Room and Gallery at MoMA

·          Saturday May 11 / 7:30pm - Changing Light on Water: Some Possible Beginnings and Endings -
performance directed by Bill T. Jones, Clarke Studio Theater at Lincoln Center   

2013 YoungArts Week Alumni Performance
2013 YoungArts Week Alumni Performance

The 2013 edition of YoungArts Week, which took place from January 6 – 12, provided 152 young artists from 29 states the opportunity to participate in a week of intense master classes and workshops with distinguished master teachers and mentors such as Joshua Bell, Plácido Domingo, Rachelle Fleming, Adrian Grenier, Bill T. Jones, Lourdes Lopez, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tarell McCraney, Andrew Rannells, Desmond Richardson, Zuzanna Szadkowski, and Marisa Tomei. Finalists shared their talents each evening in free performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings at notable Miami institutions such as The New World Center, Miami Art Museum, and the Adrienne Arsht Center.  The closing night An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala opened with amazing performances by some of YoungArts most talented alumni, was followed by dinner, and concluded with the audience, alumni and finalists enjoying dessert and dancing on Flagler Street, with DJ Irie spinning.  

Next up on our calendar is YoungArts Los Angeles, a new regional program joining YoungArts’ ongoing programs in Miami, New York, and Washington, D.C. which invites approximately 90 YoungArts Winners living in the greater Los Angeles area to participate in YoungArts Los Angeles from February 6 to 11. Like the Finalists enjoyed during YoungArts Week, these young artists will share life changing experiences including master classes and workshops with notable artists in the visual, literary and performing arts.  If you are the Lost Angeles area  and are interested in attending any performances, please contact us at            

Also, BOBBY MCFERRIN: A YoungArts MasterClass, is set to premiere on HBO on February 12, 2013. The Special Presentation is the second episode of the second season of the acclaimed Emmy-nominated program, which presents world-class creative artists who share their art and life experiences with small groups of young artists who represent a new generation of American talent. Check your local listings!

Master Class with Placido Domingo
Master Class with Placido Domingo
YoungArts Week 2013 Schedule
YoungArts Week 2013 Schedule

We are excited to be able to announce that we have just moved into our new home in Miami, which will serve as YoungArts official headquarters.  Having a permanent home will enable us to continue the expansion of YoungArts' programs and activities, including the addition of a new discipline - architecture and design, to our existing nine disciplines of music, dance, film, jazz, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing.

We plan for our new campus to have an art gallery; art ehibitions with free admission; and year-round public programs and workshops.  We also have plans for the multi-disciplinary arts complex to include the creation of a public park with video projection capabilities and arts programming for the benefit of our community.  Our goal is to transform the property, which consists of three buildings and a large plaza, into a thriving arts and cultural center dedicated to nurturing and inspiring talented young artists from around the country.  If you happen to live in - or are planning to visit Miami, we hope you will visit us for a tour of our new campus!

And, please be sure to SAVE THE DATE for YoungArts Week 2013: January 6 - 12, 2013.

Thank you to all who support our mission!

Our 2012 PSA Winners
Our 2012 PSA Winners

Congratulations to the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts!

Since 1979 YoungArts has held the distinction of being the sole path to the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Of the 141 students named, 20 are acknowledged also for their artistic merit.
This year, we celebrated our 20 Scholars with three major events in Washington, DC. The first was An Exhibition of Works: Artworks, Readings and Cinematic Arts Screenings by the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Visual and Literary Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Sunday, June 17 (on view at the museum through July 4). It was followed by A Salute to the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars: An Evening of Performances by the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the evening of Monday, June 18 – where our performing artists interpreted, modified and recreated the work of an American master Aaron Copland.
Over the next two days, our Scholars received a Capitol tour and participated in two programs in collaboration with our long-range partner, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, which included a master class given by Damian Woetzel.

Thank you to all who support our mission!

2012 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts
2012 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Meet the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts!!

Congratulations to the twenty (20) 2012 YoungArts National Winners who have been chosen for this year’s U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts awards. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an artistically talented high school senior and is presented on behalf of the President of the United States.

These talented young artists have been selected by a Commission appointed by the White House, based on their academic, civic and artistic achievement.

We are so proud of their hard work and talent, and we look forward to watching them achieve their successful careers in the arts.

YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Participants in the YoungArts program are the only students eligible to receive the designation of Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA), based on their artistic and academic achievements. In addition to this once in a lifetime honor, the visual artists, photographers and writers present their work in an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the performing artists perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; truly life changing experiences for any young artist.

These performance opportunities are made possible by the generous contributions of our valued supporters. No donation is too big or small to provide talented artists a platform to showcase their work.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts

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