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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. Beginning in December 2019, YoungArts welcomes the public to tour the campus and learn more about the unique architectural, historical and cultural significance of the buildings, and its adaptive reuse as a place for artists from around the world to create, develop and present their work. 

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Competition

Each year, the National YoungArts Foundation receives thousands of applications for its national competition that recognizes the most accomplished young artists across 10 disciplines. YoungArts winners, ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12, win cash awards up to $10,000, take master classes with notable artists—including Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, José Parlá, Salman Rushdie, Jeanine Tesori and Mickalene Thomas—and become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Joining a 20,000-strong alumni community, they receive creative and professional development opportunities and connect with an extraordinarily rich network of peers.


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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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