2016 Winners

YoungArts is excited to announce its 2016 Winners. From more than 12,000 applications—the largest number to date—819 young artists from 42 states were selected for their outstanding work and accomplishments across the literary, visual, design and performing arts. Winners receive cash awards of up to $10,000, validation by renowned mentors, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs, a strong professional network, and guidance in taking important steps toward achieving their goals.

Of the 819 Winners, approximately 165 Finalists from around the country came together for the 35th annual National YoungArts Week, which aims to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and community while offering the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their careers. During the weeklong intensive, participants across 10 disciplines took master classes and workshops with internationally renowned leaders in their field, including MacArthur Genius Tarell McCraney (1999 Winner in Theater), hip hop feminist writer Joan Morgan, The Royal Ballet of London’s Sarah Lamb (1998 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), celebrated contemporary visual artist José Parlá, and Academy Award winning filmmaker Doug Blush (1984 Winner in Cinematic Arts), among others. Throughout the week, their work was be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels, including a monetary award of $1,000 to $10,000. Finalists also shared their talents with the public through performances in classical, jazz, voice, dance and theater, as well as film screenings at New World Center; an art, design and photography exhibition in the YoungArts Gallery; and writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box. 

View the complete list of 2016 Winners.

Learn more about the 2016 winners and program.


Past YoungArts Winners