The 2020 YoungArts Backyard Ball took place on Saturday, January 11. The evening brought together artists, influential community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities to support and acknowledge the achievements of the 2020 YoungArts winners, the nation’s most accomplished young artists in the literary, visual and performing arts. 
As YoungArts’ largest annual fundraiser, the occasion marks the culmination of the organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week. One of the most comprehensive programs for aspiring artists, National YoungArts Week provides finalists with transformative experiences, including master classes, workshops, interdisciplinary activities and the opportunity to perform for and exhibit to public audiences.
The evening was presented by fine jeweler Harry Winston and hosted by honorary chairs Sandra and Tony Tamer and co-chairs Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm, Jay Franke and David Herro, and Oxana and Steven Marks.

Special Honorees

The 2020 Backyard Ball honored jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard (1980 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music) with the Arison Alumni Award and conceptual artist Teresita Fernández with the Arison Award for their vital contributions and commitment to the arts.

Past Arison Award Honorees

Outstanding Gala Performances

A highlight of the evening was the multidisciplinary performance created by director and choreographer John Heginbotham in collaboration with musical director Jake Goldbas (2007 YoungArts Winner in Jazz).


Guests then moved to the YoungArts Plaza for the Backyard Bash, the annual gala afterparty and danced under the stars with music and a toast the 2020 YoungArts Finalists with over 700 other tastemakers, alumni and patrons.

Table Hosts

Thank you to the 2020 YoungArts Backyard Ball table hosts.

Master's Giving Society
Sarah Arison & Thomas Wilhelm
Jay Franke & David Herro

Steven & Oxana Marks
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Sandra & Tony Tamer

Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation
Bruce & Ellie Taub

Carnival Foundation
Jeffrey Davis & Michael Miller
Greenberg Traurig
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Richard & Amy Kohan
William L. & Jan Morrison
Northern Trust Bank
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP
Wells Fargo