YoungArts is planning multiple alumni performances this Fall and Winter in Los Angeles (including a Warner Bros. performance opportunity), Miami and other major cities. The casting call is open to ALL alumni.
Congratulations to Iliya Mirochnik, 2006 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts, whose mural recently was chosen for the outside wall of the Flomenhaft Gallery, located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.
The competition, a collaboration of YoungArts and the Flomenhaft Gallery, was judged by Eleanor Heartney, independent art critic and contributing editor to Art in America magazine, and Eleanor Flomenhaft, owner and director of the Flomenhaft Gallery.
Iliya received a $500 award during a September 15 reception at the gallery, located at 547 W. 27th Street, New York.
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Niia Bertino, 2005 YoungArts Winner in Voice
Not too many up and coming singers can say they have worked with such musical stars as Wyclef Jean, Akon, Lil’ Wayne or Lady Gaga. But Niia Bertino can. Since participating in YoungArts six years ago, the 23-year-old has been featured with each of these artists.
“The most important thing I learned from YoungArts was how many other extremely talented people there are in the world,” said Niia. “You can never stop improving and there will always be competition. Being true to yourself and continuing to be open to learn from others, especially your peers, is vital in every creative field.”
As a singer, Niia was recognized at a young age by YoungArts as one of the top jazz singers in the U.S. She is best known for her feature on the 2007 hit single, Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill), with Wyclef, Akon and Lil' Wayne, which was certified Platinum by the RIAA and peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Currently, Niia is working on her debut album, which explores a darker side of electronic pop music, slated for release later this year.
+James Campolongo, 2000 YoungArts Winner in Cinematic Arts has been writing for the USA Network show White Collar since its inception. He was a head writer for the popular web-series LonelyGirl15 and was a winner of the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop for television. James has received awards in filmmaking from the New Jersey State Governor’s Office.
+Jennifer Koh, 1994 YoungArts Winner in Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, will perform Bach's Complete Solo Violin Works at the Academy of Arts and Letters presented by the Miller Theatre on October 23, 2011 in New York City.
+Wendell Pierce, 1981 YoungArts Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, best known as Detective Bunk Moreland on the HBO drama, The Wire, can now be seen on HBO as New Orleans trombonist Antoine Batiste in Treme.
Other current acting roles include Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. He also is in pre-production for B.B. King and I, a film about the great jazz performer.
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 Arison’s mission to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development:
2003 – Chris Young, YoungArts Winner in Voice and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, is gathering acclaim as a country music singer-songwriter recording under the RCA label. Two songs released this year, Voices and Tomorrow, have reached the top of the charts. For the second consecutive year, the Country Music Awards has nominated Chris as New Artist of the Year.
2004 – Joseph Wiggan, YoungArts Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, lives in Montreal and performs with Cirque du Soleil. Last year he performed at the Hollywood Bowl as part of the Playboy Jazz Festival, and participated in the annual L.A. Tap Festival at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.
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Earlier this month, during the memorial service commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, one could not help but be moved by the raw emotion of the families and friends whose lives were forever altered on this terrible day.
Looking out on the newly opened plaza, with its bold but simple design, one thing is immediately clear: an artist created this powerful landscape. Indeed, artistic expressions surrounded and touched every emotion connected to this historic event.
I am especially proud of four YoungArts alumni whose musical gifts contributed to the ceremony in New York City and at a commemorative program in Paris. Benjamin Pila, 2002 YoungArts Winner in Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, played classical guitar at the National September 11 Memorial. And, at the official commemoration ceremonies in France, Grace Weber, 2006 YoungArts Winner in Voice and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Julian Pollack, 2006 YoungArts Winner in Jazz, and Blaine Krauss, 2010 YoungArts Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, performed for The French Will Never Forget Association.
Ben provided our readers with a personal reflection of his experience:
Just before the ceremony, Mayor Bloomberg addressed all of the musicians and told us how important our contribution to the ceremony was; that we bring a glimmer of hope to those affected by the events of 9/11.
The arts matter because they allow us to communicate and feel beyond the boundaries of everyday life. They have the ability to soothe, provoke, and inspire. They explore the emotional dimensions of experience like nothing else can.
Even when something as terrible as 9/11 happens, the arts are there to communicate emotion in beautiful, haunting, and inspiring ways.
As our registration period comes to a close next month, please take one more moment to think of a talented 17- or 18-year-old whose artistic gifts should be nurtured…and then tell them about the YoungArts program. The world is counting on them.
Paul T. Lehr Executive Director
Thank You for Your Support
We salute Pomellato for partnering with YoungArts to celebrate the annual Fashion’s Night Out this month. As celebrations unfolded nationwide, Pomellato hosted YoungArts at Bal Harbour Shops for an elegant evening of shopping for a good cause in the spirit of art and design. Emmett Cohen, 2009 YoungArts Winner in Jazz, provided musical entertainment for shoppers with his Emmett Cohen Trio, and a portion of proceeds benefits YoungArts programming.
Pomellato values creativity, innovation and artistic craftsmanship, and we recognize their support of the program and our young artists and alumni.
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 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts each year
Photo Credits: Janette Beckman (Jennifer Koh) and Joe Gato (Casting Call)