During YoungArts New York, May 6-11, some of our nation's most talented young artists will take part in master classes with renowned artists in their fields, including Kathleen Turner, Debi Mazar, Eric Owens, Irving Sander, Tony Yazbeck and Jay Scheib. Participants will also present their work during free performances and an exhibition at Baryshnikov Arts Center (programmed by Mikhail Baryshnikov), The Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center (directed by Bill T. Jones) and the Museum of Modern Art (curated by Sarah Suzuki). Join us in celebrating the 2013 YoungArts Winners from the New York area! Read more
Lasting Memories of LA and Miami
Congratulations to the 2013 YoungArts winners who participated in YoungArts Los Angeles in February and YoungArts Miami in April! Participants took part in master classes with renowned artists including Rosie Perez, James Rosenquist, Ben Williams, Marc Bamuthi, Campbell McGrath, Ruth McKee and Ted Ty to name a few. Also, they presented their outstanding work at sold out performances, readings and exhibitions! To learn more about our regional programs, click here.
YoungArts and The Tony Awards
Congratulations to the YoungArts alumni who received 2013 Tony Award Nominations!
Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical
Santino Fontana (2000, PSA), "Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella" and Billy Porter (1987), "Kinky Boots"
Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play
Shalita Grant (2006, PSA), "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"
On April 28, YoungArts alumni Sarah Alfonso, Maylin Enamorado, Serafima Fedorova, Guillermo Rodriguez, and Catherine Valdez participated in the "Poetry is Dead Parade", part of O'Miami's month-long poetry festival in honor of National Poetry Month (April). Read more
YoungArts Application Update
YoungArts can change your life...but only if you apply!
The 2014 application cycle will open in June, with a new discipline added this year: Design Arts! To sign up and receive application updates, click here.
Season two of the Emmy-nominated series YoungArts MasterClass returns on May 21 with encore presentations of Patti LuPone (6:30 PM), Bobby McFerrin (7:00 PM) and John Guare (7:30 PM), and continues on May 22 with three premieres: James Rosenquist (6:30 PM), Bruce Weber (7:00 PM) and Kathleen Turner (7:30 PM). Learn more
Twenty YoungArts winners will be honored as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and will present their work during an exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Art & a performance at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.
In our eleventh Alumni Spotlight Video, we interview YoungArts alumnus Billy Bell (2008, Dance) from So You Think You Can Dance, who just recently started his own dance company, the Lunge Dance Collective.
In this spotlight, Billy shares: "YoungArts was an integral part of me maturing as an artist. It took me to that next professional level, where I felt that I was making that actual transfer from a student to a professional artist. I think that is the most beneficial part of the entire program."
Watch and learn more about where he's been lately and what LDC is doing next!
Where Are They Now
Ethan Lader (1999, Cinematic Arts) directed the new Cee-Lo Green music video, “Only You.” Watch it, here
Peter LaBerge (2013, Writing) founded The Adroit Journal. Check it out here. To learn more about purchasing the journal, submitting work, or applying for staff, check out www.adroit.submittable.com.
Ainsley Sorenson (2013, Dance) competed in the Tanzolymp International Dance Festival, and was awarded the Silver medal in the Women's Group 3 Classical Ballet division. Congratulations Ainsley!
In this blog spotlight, 2013 YoungArts Winner in Photography Isobella Stanton shares a story she wrote for her school's art department.
"…the second I arrived at the YoungArts headquarters I could feel the energy. Not only was every person passionate about art, but they were all incredibly talented. I think that at Porters, I have sometimes felt different from other students because I don’t want to be a doctor or an engineer or some other physics thing- my passion lays in art. Before Miami, I had never met so many people who had the same level of passion as me, and suddenly I was surrounded by it."
"This passion is what turned me around. In my time at YoungArts, I learned to push artistic boundaries and to try new things, while still feeling completely supported and understood by my peers. " Read more
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists, and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of emerging young talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. YoungArts alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their field include actresses Viola Davis and Kerry Washington; musician Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; and acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken.