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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 and Edgewater—the campus supports expanded programming in Miami and across the country.

The landmark 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. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive financial awards, creative and professional development experiences working with renowned mentors, and become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Joining a 20,000-strong alumni community, YoungArts award winners form a rich network of peers that provides support and opportunities throughout artists’ careers.


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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.

Critical creative and professional development opportunities are accessed through YoungArts Post, an online portal designed for YoungArts alumni to connect, create and collaborate throughout their careers. Microgrants and artist residencies are among the many programs that empower alumni to pursue a life in the arts.

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