The Alumni Award represents support of talented young artists and symbolizes continued commitment to them as they achieve success in their chosen careers. The award signifies dedication to the arts and to the level of professional success the YoungArts alumni achieve. The number of YoungArts alumni realizing successful careers in their chosen art is growing exponentially. The annual Alumni Award is granted to a YoungArts winner in recognition of noteworthy contributions and professional achievements in his/her chosen art form. The Alumni Award is created by renowned sculptor and NFAA Trustee, John R. Henry, who generously donates his time and talent to create this award each year. The Alumni Award was established in 2006 to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary.s
2014 / Andrew Rannells, 1997 Winner in Theater, American actor and singer.
2013 / Adrian Grenier, 1994 Winner in Theater, American actor, musician and director.
2012 / Doug Aitken, 1986 Winner in Visual Arts, American multi-media artist.
2011 / Kerry Washington, 1994 Winner in Theater, American actress.
2010 / Desmond Richardson, 1986 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, American dancer and co-founder and co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
2009 / Raúl Esparza, 1988 YoungArts Winner in Theater, award-winning Broadway, television and film actor.
2008 / Rachel Moore, 1982 YoungArts Winner in Dance, Executive Director of the American Ballet Theatre and former member of ABT’s Corps de Ballet.
2007 / Allegra Goodman, 1985 YoungArts Winner in Writing and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, critically-acclaimed novelist and short story writer.
2006 / Vanessa Williams, 1981 YoungArts Winner in Musical and Spoken Theater, internationally renowned Grammy and Emmy nominated singer/actress.
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