YoungArts Backyard Ball

The YoungArts Backyard Ball benefits programming for the National YoungArts Foundation. It is the culmination of National YoungArts Week, our signature national program celebrating the nation’s most talented emerging artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts.

On Saturday, January 10th, the 2015 Youngarts Backyard Ball was co-chaired by Tracey and Bruce Berkowitz and Elizabeth and Facundo Bacardi, and welcomed more than 700 notable attendees in Miami to honor the achievements of the 2015 YoungArts Finalists.

During the evening, three prominent awardees were recognized for their invaluable commitment to the arts: renowned visual artist Jeff Koons; Grammy-nominated recording artist, YoungArts Master Teacher and 1999 YoungArts Winner in Theater, Josh Groban; and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and 2003 YoungArts Winner and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Chris Young.

The evening was emceed by YoungArts Alumna and Master Teacher, actress Zuzanna Szadkowksi (1997 Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and included a post-dinner performance directed by renowned Tony Award-winner, dancer, choreographer and YoungArts Artistic Advisor, Bill T. Jones. The performance featured YoungArts Alumni in music, voice, theater and dance from around the nation.

We gratefully acknowledge the 2015 YoungArts Backyard Ball sponsors and supporters, including our Committee of Leaders, Grand Masters, and Tribute table hosts.

Committee of Leaders

Sarah S. Arison
Facundo & Elizabeth Bacardi
Armando & Margarita Codina
The Fairholme Foundation
Kenneth & Patricia Williams

Grand Masters Table Hosts

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Tribute Table Hosts

Paul & Marie-France Bloch
Carnival Foundation
Betty Chapman
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Harry & Marcia Hersh
Rich & Amy Kohan
Northern Trust Bank
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP
Plaza Construction
Christy & Earl Powell
PricewaterhouseCoopers
SunTrust
Wells Fargo