YoungArts marked another spectacular multi-day event last month as winners, teachers, alumni, friends and supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. for A Celebration of the 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Artworks were on full view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, launched by an opening on June 19. YoungArts winners in Writing and Cinematic Arts followed with live readings and screenings of their work. On Monday evening, June 20, the U.S. Presidential Scholars gave an unforgettable performance at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
For the occasion, YoungArts received a major boost from PBS, which “live streamed” the performance via the network’s Facebook page. The partnership came as a result of PBS’ commitment to increasing access to the arts. If you missed it, "A Salute to the 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars" is now available on www.youngarts.org. Watch the video.
YoungArts has been following the projects and career trajectories of all our alumni. So where do alumni go after their experience with YoungArts? One word: everywhere. From the Northeast to the Midwest and the South to the West Coast, the 2011 YoungArts alumni are attending a vast array of schools and universities. Find out where.
It's a Science
Isabela Dos Santos, 2011 YoungArts Winner in Cinematic Arts and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, blogs that stop-motion animation fell into her life quite unexpectedly. “It was really only after I’d finished my first animation back in June 2009 that I actually realized I’d been making animation all along. So if you ask me to pin-point the moment I decided to start animating, I’ll glance around the room nervously trying to figure out the answer to this rather difficult question.”
Read more about how the unexpected match between physics and art helped Isabela exercise her creativity to its fullest potential.
Behind the Scenes
Inaugural Forum at the Hirshhorn
Eighteen of the twenty 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts joined museum directors, public officials and arts industry leaders June 22 at the Hirshhorn Museum for a luncheon and forum to discuss “The Meaning of Museums to the Next Generation.” Richard Koshalek, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and James M. Dubin, NFAA Board Chairman, welcomed guests to this inaugural event.
Following lunch, the attendees settled into the Lerner Room, overlooking the National Mall, where the Scholars answered questions by co-moderators Erica Clark, Associate Director of Program Partnerships for the Hirshhorn Museum, and award-winning author Sam Lipsyte, 1986 YoungArts Winner in Writing and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
This forum was the first in a series of moderated dialogues about the evolution of museums and the generation charged with taking them forward in years to come. The Scholars masterfully answered questions such as: “What is the most important function of an art museum?” “What is a museum’s role in its community?” “What are the most off-putting aspects of museums?”
YoungArts thanks the Scholars for their brilliant and thought-provoking answers; the Hirshhorn for hosting our next generation of artists; and Northern Trust for their generous support in underwriting this inaugural program. This forum was part of an ongoing collaboration between YoungArts and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Zuzanna Szadkowski, 1997 YoungArts Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Zuzanna Szadkowski’s talents have taken her already to two hit television shows. When asked if she’d be interested in an American teen drama series based on the trials and tribulations of a motley group of well-healed Manhattanites, Zuzanna never thought Gossip Girl would become the success it is today. Previously, she played Elzbieta in the final season of The Sopranos.
Featured recently in Rolling Stone’s “50 Reasons to Watch TV,” Zuzanna is considered a performer who is revolutionizing acting in American television. But her story started elsewhere.
+Max Schneider, 2010 YoungArts Winner in Theater, has finished filming Nickelodeon's original TV movie, Rags. Set to premiere next year, Rags is a music-infused, modern twist on the classic Cinderella story set against the backdrop of New York City.
Since 1981, YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), has honored over 16,000 artists with more than $6 million in monetary awards and nearly $84 million in college scholarship opportunities.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of our founding by the late Ted Arison, and his wife Lin, we will pay tribute here monthly to alumni from every class who have embraced the Arison’s mission to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development:
1998 – Tamar (Ashley) Davis, YoungArts Winner in Voice and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, is an R&B singer who came to prominence through the artist Prince. Originally, Tamar started her musical career as a member of Girl’s Tyme, later renamed Destiny’s Child.
1999 – Tarell Alvin McCraney, YoungArts Winner in Theater, is an award-winning American playwright and actor. He is a member of Teo Castellanos/D Projects Theater Company in Miami, and in 2008 became RSC/Warwick International Playwright in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
2000 – Onika Maraj (Nicki Minaj), YoungArts Winner in Theater, is a rapper, singer-songwriter, and BET and MTV award-winner. Her album, Pink Friday, debuted in late 2010. Currently, she is on tour as the opening act for Britney Spears.
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YoungArts has just wrapped up another outstanding year on a high note – the presentation of 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, exclusively nominated by this organization. I want to personally congratulate these exceptional students and thank the many people in their lives that influenced them and supported them as they made their journey to the artistic pinnacle of their pre-college lives.
For 30 years, the goal of YoungArts has been to recognize and support America’s most talented emerging artists in the visual, literary and performing arts by assisting them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. We believe it is paying off.
The arts are flourishing in communities throughout the country, and, in many, becoming an integral part of the business community. The most recent study conducted by Americans for the Arts demonstrates that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver – a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is the cornerstone of tourism.
That’s good news as we prepare for the 2012 class of young artists. We encourage you to spread the word about our organization and help us search for creative individuals whose lives will be forever changed by YoungArts… and whose work will leave a lasting impression on us. Our website is packed with information, performance videos and photographs of our young artists, and I encourage you to spend time learning more.
As always, thank you for continuing to share your feedback and ideas at [email protected].
Sincerely, Paul T. Lehr Executive Director
Thank You for Your Support
We are proud to recognize national sponsor Coca-Cola for its support of the YoungArts program again this year.
Coca-Cola believes in creating value in communities worldwide, inspiring people and cities with passion and creativity to make a difference. We salute Coca-Cola for its ongoing generous support of the YoungArts mission and its investment in America’s next generation of young artists to refresh the world.
Discovering Excellence in the Arts
16,000 talented alumni $3 million in scholarships from prestigious colleges & universities $500,000 in total annual monetary awards
150 YoungArts finalists annually Up to 7,000 applicants each cycle 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts each year