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Our Mission

National YoungArts Foundation identifies the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts, and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers.

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National Headquarters

YoungArts acquired the landmark Bacardi Tower and Museum buildings in Miami, Florida in 2012 and has since converted the buildings into the YoungArts Campus—the organization’s national headquarters. Located on the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and NE 21st Street—at the nexus of the Wynwood Arts District, Arts & Entertainment District and Edgewater—the campus supports expanded programming in Miami and across the country.

The buildings were granted a historic designation by the City of Miami Preservation Board in October 2009 and were listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places in 2018.

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Competition

YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15 – 18 or in grades 10 – 12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jeanine Tesori, Frank Gehry, José Parlá, Mickalene Thomas, Wynton Marsalis and Salman Rushdie—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and New World Center (Miami). Additionally, YoungArts winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence.

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Our Alumni

YoungArts award winners include accomplished leaders in their fields such as Daniel Arsham, Terence Blanchard, Camille A. Brown, Viola Davis, Allegra Goodman, Josh Groban, Judith Hill, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Andrew Rannells, Desmond Richardson and Hunter Schafer.

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