YoungArts places a strong emphasis on developing cultural and educational affiliations to leverage resources and ensure continuous improvement of YoungArts programming. We are proud of our strategic partnerships, which allow YoungArts to present exclusive, one-of-a-kind artistic and cultural enrichment programs for our winners and alumni. YoungArts works with both national Educational and Artistic Advisory Councils whose members are leaders in their fields. Their expertise and input are implemented into all aspects of artistic and educational programming, and is vital to maintaining the caliber of talent YoungArts represents. We welcome new partnership opportunities. Please contact the Development office with inquiries at [email protected] or call (305) 377-1140.


American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is a partner organization that’s a natural fit for YoungArts. Several ABT company members participated in the YoungArts program, such as past Chief Executive Officer Rachel Moore (1982, Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Principal Dancer Gillian Murphy (1996, Dance), and Soloist Sarah Lane (2002, Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts). YoungArts alumni are well represented within ABT.

Each year, YoungArts dance finalists in ballet have the opportunity to be considered for a spot in ABT Studio Company. Studio Company is a junior performance ensemble of 12-14 exceptional dancers that represents the highest level of ABT’s pre-professional Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. In a classical ensemble setting, Studio Company focuses on an intense training curriculum, allowing dancers to gain a diverse skill set, from rehearsal to performance, while building the artistic flexibility needed to dance a range of repertory. Under the guidance of Studio Company Artistic Associate Kate Lydon, students learn ABT repertoire and other masterworks of the classical canon and gain performance experience through residencies, cultural exchanges, and regional touring.

Baryshnikov Arts Center

Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov, who sought to build an arts center in New York City that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. BAC is an ideal partner for YoungArts given its interdisciplinary focus and played an integral role in launching YoungArts New York. As our venue partner during YoungArts New York, BAC hosts master classes and performances featuring YoungArts winners curated by Mikhail Baryshnikov (BAC Artistic Director) and Pedja Muzijevic (BAC Artistic Administrator).

The Gordon Parks Foundation

The Gordon Parks Foundation permanently preserves the work of Gordon Parks - making it available to the public through exhibitions, books, and electronic media - and supports artistic and educational activities that advance what Gordon described as "the common search for a better life and a better world." 

The Gordon Parks Foundation established the Gordon Parks Centennial Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to students of the arts who may otherwise be unable to pursue further instruction in the creative arts.

The Foundation partners with YoungArts providing $5,000 scholarships to three outstanding YoungArts Winners* to be applied to school-related expenses and continued creative endeavors during their academic studies. The winning candidates also attend the Gordon Parks Foundation Annual Benefit in New York City and make brief remarks at the event.

*Candidates for this award will be contacted directly.

The Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation's busiest arts facility. As a YoungArts partner, the Kennedy Center provides opportunities to YoungArts alumni to participate in Kennedy Center professional development programs and perform on the Millennium Stage. In addition, in partnership with The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education, YoungArts presents A Salute to U.S. Presidential Scholars each year at the Kennedy Center.

Miami City Ballet

Under the Artistic Direction of Lourdes Lopez, Miami City Ballet flourishes today as one of America's most respected regional ballet companies. In an effort to continue to build the cultural community of the city in which it was founded, YoungArts has partnered with the Miami City Ballet to enhance the programs it offers locally. This partnership includes access to Miami City Ballet facilities for YoungArts workshops, rehearsals and master classes, and the opportunity for YoungArts alumni and students to work with Miami City Ballet's artistic staff, faculty and dancers. In addition, the Miami City Ballet will offer one spot in each of its classes (summer/winter) and apprentice programs for a national YoungArts winner* in dance (classical ballet).

*Candidates will be contacted directly.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

YoungArts and The Metropolitan Museum of Art have joined together to present YoungArts @ the Met, featuring YoungArts alumni performers. In addition, YoungArts alumni have access to exclusive tours of the Met’s collection and special exhibitions. See our Calendar for specific event dates and times. 

On April 6, 2016, the National YoungArts Foundation welcomed more than 250 of New York City's top cultural and community leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and art aficionados to the YoungArts New York Inaugural Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing. Presented in collaboration with luxury brand Swarovski, the event was hosted by honorary co-chairs and YoungArts artistic advisors Mikhail Baryshnikov, Artistic Director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), and renowned opera singer Plácido Domingo, as well as gala co-chairs Sarah Arison and Agnes Gund.

New World Symphony

The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), prepares graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 28 years since its co-founding by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 950 alumni worldwide.

YoungArts and the New World Symphony have joined together to present performances by YoungArts Winners each year during YoungArts Week. Throughout the organization's weeklong signature program, the nation's most promising artists work with esteemed master teachers and mentors and share their talents with the public at the world-class New World Center, as well as the YoungArts campus. 


Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Since launching New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005, the organization has solidified its identity as a commissioning and producing entity. As a “museum without walls,” Performa provides important art historical heft to the field by showing the development of live art in all its forms from many different cultural perspectives reaching back to the Renaissance. 

One of YoungArts’ newest partners, Performa offers apprenticeship opportunities to YoungArts alumni to help plan for the Performa Biennial and welcomes RoseLee Goldberg as one of its master teachers during YoungArts New York.