Americans for the Arts has announced the honorees of this year’s National Arts Awards which celebrate the achievements of individuals and corporations who have exhibited outstanding leadership in the visual and performing arts, arts education, and philanthropy. Awardees include YoungArts co-founder Lin Arison, who will receive the Arts Education Award, as well as YoungArts Master Teacher James Rosenquist, who will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and YoungArts alumnus Josh Groban. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, October 15 in New York City.
Are you a talented young artist 15-18 years old or in high school grades 10 – 12? If yes, here’s a message by YoungArts alumnus Conrad Tao, 2011 Winner in Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, on why YOU should apply today.
An Exhibition of Works by YoungArts Alumni
Throughout the month of August, thirteen YoungArts Alumni will be exhibiting their art in Chicago’s Northern Trust Art Gallery. An Exhibition of Works by YoungArts Alumnirepresents Alumni from 1985 – 2012, including curator and YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts, Aimée Beaubien, who is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition is on view until August 31st, and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Call for Fall Interns
YoungArts is looking to fill several positions this Fall for interns in our administrative offices in Miami, FL. Depending on their field of interest, interns will be placed with the Development, External Relations or Programs department, where they will assist in department-specific projects including alumni cultivation, photo & video archival, media relations, event planning for YoungArts Week and more. As a bonus, interns receive complimentary tickets to the YoungArts Week performances in January. For more information on available internships, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art and Activism, by Michelle Ang, 2012 YoungArts Winner in Spoken Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Damian Woetzel walked into the room with a seemingly calm exterior, but as the minutes progressed, it was clear that he was bubbling with some sort of frantic energy. He introduced himself to us, and we began to talk about Martha Graham's famous letter: "There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action..." I cannot help but think how Mr. Woetzel, at that moment in the middle of answering a question and gesturing wildly with his hands, seems to perfectly embody those famous words. Next we touched on John Cage and his love affair with everyday noise, and I am reminded of how artists tend to perceive the entire spectrum of life, from the extraordinarily beautiful to the mundane. I was very pleased that the Chinese artist and activist, Ai Wei Wei, was included in our discussion, as I felt it gave the class an international dimension, as well as an example for using art as a vehicle for change and social justice. Read the full post here.
Where are They Now?
+Viola Davis, 1983 Winner in Theater, is producing and starring in a movie about Houston political icon Barbara Jordan. Read more, here.
+Josh Groban, 1999 Winner in Theater, just performed on CBS' 'Teachers Rock' TV special earlier this month. Read more, here.
+Raymond Pinto, 2009 Winner in Dance, is the poster child for Fall for Dance this year!
+Sam Reider, 2007 Winner in Jazz, just wrote and recorded this new song featuring two other YoungArts alumni, Jake Goldbas (2007, Jazz) and Jeff Picker (2007, Jazz)!
+Prologue Profile just did an in depth podcast about Yara Travieso, 2005 Winner in Dance. Listen, here!
Are you 15-18 years old or in high school grades 10-12? We now are accepting applications for the 2013 YoungArts program. Apply today!
The NEA is doing a special blog post series highlighting some of our 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. The first is Lathan Vargason, YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts. In this blog, Lathan talks about his first experiences with art, and how living in a small town hasn’t stopped him from following his dreams. Lathan joins twenty 2012 YoungArts winners in the visual, literary, and performing arts who went to Washington, DC this past June and received the country’s highest honor a graduating high school student can receive, which included an exhibition of their works at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Aon Foundation supports programs that promote access to and excellence in education, including college preparedness and admission for underserved populations. The Foundation also invests in programs that prepare our future workforce and help develop our next generation’s leaders. YoungArts is pleased to partner with the Aon Foundation to present the YoungArts Legacy Master Series, which provides opportunities for talented students to study with renowned professionals, an experience that will directly impact their college and career opportunities. YoungArts is proud to have the Aon Foundation as a partner again this year.
The nominations for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards were recently announced by alumna Kerry Washington, who revealed the names of two YoungArts alumna: Anna Gunn (1986 Winner in Theater) for Breaking Bad and Sarah Paulson (1993 Winner in Theater) for Game Change. Congratulations and good luck to both of them!
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