YoungArts Week 2012 dance finalists performing at the New World Center / Photo: Robert Leslie
Of this year’s 685 national winners, 152 Finalists came to Miami for YoungArts Week to be recognized for their excellence in the visual, literary and performing arts. These Finalists, representing the top 1.5% of our applicants in nine artistic disciplines from across the country, participated in master classes, workshops, interdisciplinary activities and talks with internationally renowned artists such as Plácido Domingo, Marisa Tomei, Mitchel Kaplan, Jean Shin and Desmond Richardson, to name a few. The Finalists also showcased their work with performances and exhibitions at New World Center, Miami Art Museum, Adrienne Arsht Center and Upstairs of the Van Dyke Café.
YoungArts Week, which takes place in Miami each year, enables approximately 150 participants in the YoungArts program to work with distinguished master teachers and mentors. Like all YoungArts programs, YoungArts Week is designed to support young artists at a critical juncture in their lives and encourage their decision to pursue a career in the arts.
“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, YoungArts Alumna (1981, Theater)