A look at our 2016 YoungArts Gala

Thursday Mar 17th, 2016

Blog > A look at our 2016 YoungArts Gala

One of the best parts of our annual gala (we call it the YoungArts Backyard Ball) is the opportunity to bring together a group of YoungArts Alumni for an original, made-in-one-week, unforgettable performance. This year we brought together dancers, actors, writers, singers, musicians and a visual artist - spanning YoungArts history from 1986 to 2015 - for this incredible performance, directed by 1997 YoungArts Winner in Theater, the Tony-nominated Tony Yazbeck.

We’re SO excited to share with you now and forever the performance from our 2016 YoungArts Backyard Ball!

Before the performance, we had a chance to catch up with some of our friends and alumni at the gala. Here are some quotes and YoungArts stories from these brilliant artists and supporters:

Rachel Moore
1982 YoungArts Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, President & CEO of The Music Center in LA, and former CEO (and dancer!) of American Ballet Theatre
What are you most looking forward to tonight?

Franklin Sirmans
Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami
Why is it important to support an organization such as YoungArts?


Dave Eggar
1987 YoungArts Winner in Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
How has YoungArts impacted your life?

Michael Kaiser
Interim CEO of YoungArts
How has YoungArts created paths for young artists to succeed?

Thank you for watching! Be sure to stay tuned to YoungArts on this blog as well as our social media platforms and email newsletter as we continue celebrating emerging artists through a variety of events and programming, including our upcoming inaugural New York gala and our final YoungArts Regional Program of 2016 in April.