Our Alumni

YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support. YoungArts winners at each award level (Merit, Honorable Mention, Finalist) become a part of our alumni family of 20,000+ members.

YoungArts winners represent a dynamic group of artists including actors Viola Davis and Kerry Washington; Academy Award winning screenwriter and director John Ridley; Tony Award winner Billy Porter; president and chief executive officer of the Music Center in Los Angeles Rachel Moore; recording artists Josh GrobanJudith Hill and Chris Young; musicians Terence Blanchard and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; writers Jenny 8 Lee and Sam Lipsyte; internationally acclaimed artists Doug Aitken and Daniel Arsham, and many more.

YoungArts alumni are:

  • Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winners and nominees
  • Dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the New York City Ballet
  • Musicians in the Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic Orchestras
  • The New York Times bestselling authors
  • Artists who exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art
  • Filmmakers who present at Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival