National Youngarts week

“It’s an affirmation that you were right. Whether it was singing or dancing or acting, you knew that you were good enough to get there and people recognized it." - Vanessa Williams, 1981 Winner in Theater


National YoungArts Week is YoungArts’ signature program. A life-changing experience that supports young artists (ages 15 – 18 years or grades 10 – 12) in the visual, literary, performing and design arts, this program fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and offers guidance to prepare for a career in the arts. 

Every year, approximately 170 Finalists come to Miami to participate in National YoungArts Week. During the weeklong intensive, participants across 10 disciplines take master classes and workshops with internationally renowned leaders in their field, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems, among others.

During YoungArts Week, Finalists are adjudicated and are given a monetary award of between $1,000 to $10,000  Finalists also share their work with the public through performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings on the YoungArts campus and New World Center.


National YoungArts Week 2016 took place January 3-10.

For updates on the 2017 YoungArts Week and other upcoming events, check out our Events Calendar or sign up for our newsletter and let the updates come to you.


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