As part of the organization’s strategic plan, YoungArts is focused on expanding its reach and impact on young artists. By developing Regional Programs in key cities and regions, more outstanding young artists will have a chance to participate in the life-changing experiences that YoungArts offers with master teachers, alumni networking, recognition and performance and exhibition opportunities. We are continuing to develop our programs in Miami and New York City…and now we are targeting Los Angeles. To begin to introduce the Los Angeles community to YoungArts, we are presenting two performances in early November. These performances are original and bring together an array of YoungArts alumni from across the nation, including many who grew up in – or are studying or working in – Southern California.
Every year up to 150 of the nation’s most talented 17-18 year old artists, spanning nine disciplines, converge in Miami for YoungArts Week.
Selected from up to 7,000 applicants from across the country, this weeklong gathering provides gifted young artists with life-changing artistic enrichment experiences. Master classes with internationally renowned artists, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances and exhibitions, YoungArts Week has it all. It is designed to support students at a critical juncture in their lives, and encourage their decision to pursue a career in the arts.
Join us to celebrate the next generation of America’s artists in Miami, Florida at the New World Center, Colony Theatre, Miami Art Museum and the Van Dyke Café. See the 2012 YoungArts Week schedule here and Save the dates! Tickets are free, and information will be available soon.
An Affair for the Arts Performance and Gala
Join us for the annual An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala, where we will celebrate the next generation of artists, and honor this year’s honorees: Robert Redford, actor, director, activist, founder of Sundance Institute + Film Festival (Arison Award); Doug Aitken, 1986 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts (Alumni Award); and Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts (Leadership Award).
To purchase tickets or for more information, click here.
YoungArts Alumni Auction
Join us for the inaugural YoungArts Alumni Auction in New York City, celebrating 30 years of mentorship and programming through the visual, literary and performing arts – and don’t miss your opportunity to bid on a variety of unique pieces for your home, office or gallery. All proceeds support the life-changing programs of YoungArts and will help sustain our mission to provide artist development programs and services to students across the United States.
Géza von Habsburg, as auctioneer, will be presenting the works of YoungArts Alumni and featuring artists including James Rosenquist, Kiki Smith, Paul Jenkins, Mira Lehr and Hunt Slonem.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Special thanks to our media partner:
The Psychology of Creativity
Jake Goldbas, 2007 YoungArts Winner in Jazz, blogs about the psychology of creativity and how you can use art to make a difference in all people’s lives.
"The debate about the intrinsic value of art and creative experience versus a measurable, quantitative value of the arts in people’s lives has been raging for a long time. Often, the arts are considered 'extra-curricular' and not core subjects for learning or experiences for an elite constituency. How do you measure the brightness of someone’s smile; the focus of someone that can’t pay attention for more than a few seconds, attending a class for an entire half hour, or the shriek of pure joy that comes from someone making music?
I have discovered that for all people, but particularly for people with cognitive and physical disabilities, creative opportunities in the arts provides a sense of empowerment, healing, participation and joy. It may be fleeting but it is there in the excited smiles, the powerful sounds and the connections between musicians and consumers…"
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 mission to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development:
2005 – Abdi Farah, YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, was the winner of the inaugural season of the reality television competition Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, and has exhibited work in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. Stay tuned – because we hear he’ll be making an appearance on this season on Work of Art, too.
2006 – Grace Weber, YoungArts Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, has sung on the famed “Showtime at the Apollo” in Harlem, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Ella Awards, and on The Today Show. Last year, Grace graced The Oprah Winfrey Show, handpicked by Oprah herself from hundreds of thousands of entrants in a national video to perform on the program. Grace just released her first solo album, Hope & Heart, on September 13, debuting at #8 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter Charts and at #74 on the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart.
// SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Sleepless Night
21st Street Bandshell, Miami Beach – Emmet Cohen, 2009 YoungArts Winner in Jazz, will perform with his Jazz Trio
from 6-7 p.m.
The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach – Kate Davis, 2009 YoungArts Winner in Jazz, will perform
from 9-11 p.m.
// WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 6:30 p.m. YoungArts Alumni Auction
Hosted by Hunt Slonem, Artist/Collector
509-525 West 34th Street
Third Floor, New York, New York
// MONDAY, JANUARY 9 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012 YoungArts Week 2012
New World Center
Colony Theatre, Van Dyke Café, and the Miami Art Museum
Most people think of October, and the changing of the seasons come to mind…or Halloween and the impending holiday season.
But did you know that October was actually National Arts and Humanities Month, as declared by President Obama? While we celebrate the arts and their role in our lives every day, this last month marked the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation. Throughout the country and in every community, there are ways to participate in the arts, support the arts or just learn more.
YoungArts celebrates the arts in many ways. Just a few weeks ago, three of our alumni performed at the National Arts Awards dinner in New York City. Now, we bring our annual application process to a close and adjudication soon will be underway; we look forward to seeing the work of the nation’s young aspiring artists. We are taking our alumni to Los Angeles to share a performance and exhibition with the Southern California community where our program will be expanding; and we’re announcing that we will honor significant contributions to the arts at our Gala in January to Robert Redford, Doug Aitken and Robert L. Lynch.
So, join us in celebrating the arts every month! We look forward to hearing how you do…drop us a line at [email protected] or leave a comment on our Facebook page. We will share some of the great ideas we learn. Look for the arts every day...and celebrate their value...we are counting on you!
Thank you for your support
YoungArts has partnered with Fractured Atlas to bring YoungArts alumni even more benefits! Fractured Atlas helps artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, insurance, education, and more, all in a context that honors their individuality and independent spirit. By nurturing today's talented but underrepresented voices, Fractured Atlas hopes to foster a dynamic and diverse cultural landscape of tomorrow.
Are you in the Los Angeles Area? Be a YoungArts Ambassador!
YoungArts is looking for volunteers to help us the evenings of November 2 and 3 in Los Angeles. If you are available to be a part of the YoungArts team, please email [email protected]. We appreciate your support.
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 Presidential Scholars in the Arts each year
Photo Credits: Robert Leslie (YoungArts Alumni Performance, YoungArts Week), Pedro Portal (An Affair of the Arts Performance), and Xanthe Elbrick (Jake Goldbas)