Celebrating the Best and Brightest

Tuesday Jun 6th, 2017


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Dario Natarelli (2016 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and Pavithra Nagarjan (2016 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) bring tap and Bharatanatyam to the Concert Hall stage. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

It’s that time of the year again, when 161 young scholars travel to Washington, DC to receive the nation’s highest honor for high school students, presented on behalf of the President of the United States. These scholars include 20 artists—actors, dancers, singers, musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, designers and writers—who will also be presenting their work in a one-time, multidisciplinary performance and exhibition.

Join YoungArts, the Commission on Presidential Scholars and the U.S. Department of Education as we celebrate the 2017 Scholars in the Arts. These 20 Arts Scholars are all YoungArts winners and selected based on their artistic achievement, academic accomplishments, leadership responsibilities and community service initiatives. 

On June 19, these artists and performers—considered the best and the brightest in the country—will take the stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in a performance directed by Tony Award-nominated actor, singer and dancer Tony Yazbeck (1997 Winner in Theater). That evening, an exhibition of works created by the recognized visual artists and writers will also be on view in the Hall of Nations.

The performance and exhibition are free and open to the public. You can reserve your tickets to the performance or get them at the door. The performance will also be livestreamed at youngarts.org.

A Salute to the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars
Monday, June 19
7:30 PM Doors | 8 PM Performance
Concert Hall

Exhibition of Artwork and Writing
Tuesday, June 13 – Friday, June 30
Public Hours 10 AM – Midnight
Hall of Nations

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

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Kaylin Sturtevant (2016 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) performs a modern dance to Lydia Graham's (2015 Winner in Voice and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) soprano voice. Photo by T. Wood.


Sean Stack (2015 WInner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) hits the right notes as Jared Brown (2016 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) moves gracefully around him. Photo by T. Wood.


Rachel Page (2016 Winner in Writing and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) reads some of her award-winning writing. Photo by T. Wood.


Lauryn Hobbs (2016 Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) belts out the final lyrics in the last solo performance of the night. Photo by T. Wood.