The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development.
YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.
The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences and validation by renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers.
YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for young artists. Presidential Scholars in the Arts receive a Presidential Medal at the White House and perform at the Kennedy Center and exhibit at the Smithsonian.
YoungArts alumni who have become leading professionals in their fields include actors Vanessa Williams, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, and Adrian Grenier; Chief Executive Officer of American Ballet Theatre Rachel Moore; recording artists Nicki Minaj and Chris Young; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; visual artist Hernan Bas; and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken.
Each year, we receive thousands of applications to YoungArts from 15-18 year old (or grades 10-12) artists, and from these, approximately 800 winners are selected.