On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) will honor designers Simon and Nikolai Haas of The Haas Brothers as this year’s Arison Award honorees and Camille A. Brown (1997 YoungArts Winner in Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) as this year’s Arison Alumni Award recipient for their vital contributions and commitment to the arts at the organization’s annual Backyard Ball performance and gala on the YoungArts Campus. 
The evening will bring together artists, influential community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities to support and acknowledge the achievements of the 2019 YoungArts winners, the nation’s most outstanding young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts. The Backyard Ball is presented by luxury jewelry brand Harry Winston, Inc., who is dedicated to continuing a history of philanthropy.
Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez will serve as honorary chairs of the 2019 Backyard Ball, with Oxana and Steven Marks and Jackie Soffer and Craig Robins serving as co-chairs. As YoungArts’ largest annual fundraiser, the occasion marks the conclusion of the organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week. One of the most comprehensive programs for aspiring artists, National YoungArts Week provides approximately 170 finalists with transformative experiences, including master classes, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, and the opportunity to perform and exhibit to public audiences.

To purchase gala tickets please contact [email protected].


Special Honorees

Designers Simon and Nikolai Haas of The Haas Brothers will be recognized as the 2019 Arison Award honorees and Camille A. Brown (1997 YoungArts Winner in Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) will be this year’s Arison Alumni Award recipient.

Past Arison Award Honorees

Outstanding Gala Performances

The 2019 Backyard Ball will feature stellar performance vignettes by YoungArts alumni directed by Jake Goldbas (2007 Winner in Jazz).


Following the gala, guests will dance under the stars and celebrate the 2019 YoungArts Finalists on the beautiful YoungArts plaza.

Table Hosts

Master's Society
Sarah Arison & Thomas Wilhem

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Steven & Oxana Marks
Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation
Craig Robins & Jackie Soffer
Bruce & Ellie Taub

Carnival Foundation
Greenberg Traurig
Richard & Amy Kohan
Northern Trust Bank
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP
Wells Fargo

For more information on the 2019 Backyard Ball, please email Lauren Nesslein at [email protected].

Supporting Partners