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, design and performing 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 2017 will take place January 8-15, 2017. Save the dates for the 2017 YoungArts Week Performances and Exhibition Opening below.

January 9, 2017
Voice Performance
New World Center

January 10, 2017
Theater + Jazz Performance
New World Center

January 11, 2017
Dance + Film Performance
New World Center

January 12, 2017
Classical Music Concert
New World Center

January 13, 2017
Exhibition Opening + Writers' Readings
YoungArts Campus



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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