YoungArts Salon Series

The YoungArts Salon Series was launched through a grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The discussion series brings together creative art luminaries and offers audiences an opportunity to engage with internationally recognized artists on the YoungArts campus in Miami.  

Past Salons

On January 20, YoungArts hosted its sixth YoungArts Salon featuring a conversation and presentation of new work by dancer and self-titled "ambassador" of Jookin, Charles "Lil Buck" Riley. The Salon was moderated by Miami-based writer, dancer and actor Rudi Goblen, whose crew Flipside Kings has toured in and out of the country competing in, judging, and winning various events.

On October 8, YoungArts hosted a Salon featuring singer-songwriter Ben Folds, which was moderated by Shelly Berg, Dean and Professor of Music at the Frost School of Music at the Univesrity of Miami. The evening also included a performance by YoungArts Alumni Kate Davis and Gabe Schnider.


The YoungArts Salon featuring Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell was held on September 8 and included the premiere screening of the HBO Family show Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass followed by a Salon, moderated by Elizabeth Sobol, President & CEO of Universal Music Classics, and a performance by Bell and YoungArts alumni.

On June 26th, YoungArts welcomed renowned choreographer and New York City Ballet soloist Justin Peck, and singer-songwriter and musician Sufjan Stevens, who discussed their recent work together. The salon was moderated by Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

This past March, environmental artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford and her husband, Award-winning Actor/Director and Founder of Sundance, Robert Redford, took part in our 2nd salon, which focused on art and activism and was moderated by Knight Foundation’s Vice President/Arts, Dennis Scholl.

The inaugural YoungArts Salon, which took place in December 2013, featured renowned performance artist Marina Abramović and filmmaker Matthu Placek, who discussed their collaborative work and premiered A Portrait of Marina Abramović by Placek, with moderator Cecilia Dean, Founder of V and Visionaire magazines.


Each Salon is accompanied by related blog posts on the YoungArts and Knight Foundation websites: and