YoungArts Salon Series

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Past Salons

On March 31, YoungArts hosted a Salon with founder of The Windish Agency, Tom Windish, and Niia Bertino (2005 Winner in Voice). The Salon was moderated by Esther Park, Director of Campus Programming at YoungArts.

On February 6, YoungArts hosted a Salon with acclaimed jazz pianist and YoungArts alumnus Jason Moran (1993 Winner in Jazz) and legendary street skater Mark Gonzales. The Salon was moderated by Garth Ross, Vice President of Community Engagement at The Kennedy Center.


On November 18, YoungArts hosted a Salon with American hip hop pioneer, visual artist and filmmaker Fab 5 Freddymoderated by YoungArts alumnus James Allister Sprang (2008 Winner in Visual Arts)

On September 24, in celebration of YoungArts Awareness Day, YoungArts hosted a Salon with multidisciplinary artist Daniel Arsham and newly appointed Director of the Perez Art Museum Miami, Franklin Sirmans (on Skype). The Salon was moderated by Claire Breukel, Director and Chief Curator of Y.ES. and was followed by the exhibition opening of The Future Was Written, featuring new work by Daniel Arsham.

On May 26, YoungArts hosted a Salon featuring a conversation with Edwidge Danticat, the acclaimed author of Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; Brother, I'm Dying, winner of a 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography; and more. The Salon was moderated by YoungArts alumna Carla Hill (1990 Winner in Theater).

On April 12, YoungArts hosted a Salon featuring a VIP screening of Desert Dancer, a powerful and unbelievable true story of an underground dance company set in Iran during the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, followed by a discussion with director Richard Raymond and Executive Producer Sarah Arison

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.

March 2014, 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.

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