YoungArts' Programs

Each year, the National YoungArts Foundation recognizes hundreds of promising artists through its annual competition. The winners selected become part of an ever-growing YoungArts alumni family and receive a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support. YoungArts brings the work of these alumni—young, emerging and accomplished artists in ten different disciplines—to audiences in Miami as well as in a growing number of cultural centers across the country. Our programs serve to support our work of identifying and nurturing these artists at every stage of their professional development while sharing their works with the public.

Programs for Winners

Each year, YoungArts receives thousands of applications for its program that recognizes young artists in 10 disciplines. The most promising young artists are selected to receive cash awards of up to $10,000 and become eligible to participate in National YoungArts Week and/or Regional Programs in Miami, New York or Los Angeles, where—for one intense week—they take Master classes with world-renowned artists, perform and exhibit in the most prestigious venues in the country. YoungArts winners in their senior year of high school are eligible for nomination as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the nation's highest honor for young artists.

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Programs for the Public

YoungArts brings the work of young, emerging and world-renowned artists to audiences in Miami as well as in a growing number of cultural centers across the country, including MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian, Baryshnikov Arts Center and New World Center.
Since opening the campus for programming in Miami in 2013, YoungArts has also hosted creative art luminaries through its Salon Series, multidisciplinary Outside the Box events, visual arts exhibitions and performances by YoungArts alumni at Ted’s at YoungArts. 

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Programs for Alumni

Every YoungArts winner becomes a part of the ever-growing YoungArts family of more than 20,000 artists. Through open calls that include commissions, performance and exhibition opportunities and other ways to stay involved, YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.

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Programs for Educators

Most of YoungArts alumni credit their educators with inspiring them to pursue their dreams of becoming artists. They know—and we know—that teachers, instructors, and counselors play an integral role in a young artist's development.

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