Tuesday Feb 26th, 2019
YoungArts is thrilled to announce Sahara Sidi is the recipient of the 2019 YoungArts Lin Arison Excellence in Writing Award, a $50,000 scholarship given each year to a YoungArts winner in Writing.
Now in its second year, the award is an example of YoungArts’ ongoing expansion to support its artists across professional and artistic development. Sidi, who is a 2019 YoungArts winner, may apply the financial award against the cost of tuition, room and board to attend an accredited school of her choice.
“YoungArts has always been a place of opportunity, unlimited possibilities and support for me,” said Sidi. “I've met some of my best friends and greatest mentors at YoungArts. In more ways than one, this foundation and its members have taught me that being an artist is as legitimate as pursuing a career in science or engineering. YoungArts propels young artists forward with all the tools they need to succeed, and this scholarship is just one example of that.”
Sidi is a rising sophomore at Wesleyan University. Her work and perspective are influenced by the pronounced dichotomy between female oppression in the U.S. and her father’s native Mauritania. Prose has served as a vessel to carry Sidi’s meditations on gender roles, sexuality and the reconciliation of Mauritanian culture with her Western morals. Her writing has also been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Columbia College Chicago and Hollins University.