Alumni Community

All YoungArts winners become part of the ever-growing YoungArts alumni community, now 20,000 strong. Through our mission, we are committed to supporting alumni artists with creative and professional opportunities throughout their artistic careers.

YoungArts Post

Created exclusively for YoungArts alumni, YoungArts Post is a free, private, online platform designed to encourage alumni to re-connect, share their work and discover new opportunities. Access to applications for residencies, grants, performance and exhibition opportunities, temporary work with core programs and targeted offerings from YoungArts’ cultural partners are all available on YoungArts Post.

Alumni can also create their own profile page to serve as an online portfolio of their work, post upcoming public events for promotion, access text and video resources and engage with one another to foster professional and personal relationships.

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Creative Development

YoungArts has prioritized new and expanded opportunities for alumni artists to create, develop and present their work and to connect with audiences through a variety of initiatives for emerging and mid-career artists. Through YoungArts Post, alumni can apply via open call to residency, exhibition and performance opportunities, as well as fellowships and awards across the country. In addition to YoungArts’ authored programs, we have partnered with multiple, significant cultural institutions such as The Watermill Center, Baxter St. The Camera Club of New York, The Fountainhead, The Betsy Hotel and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to extend residency and exhibition opportunities in New York and Miami.

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Professional Development

YoungArts offers alumni opportunities to broaden their skills and knowledge through symposia and discipline-specific workshops featuring industry leaders in the artistic, legal, financial, public relations and fundraising fields. YoungArts also advocates for alumni to participate in the national arts dialogue through participation in influential annual conferences including the Americans for the Arts’ Arts Policy Roundtable, Creative Capital Retreat and National Performance Network Conference.

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Microgrants

The microgrant program was established specifically for YoungArts alumni to support their professional development and/or artistic needs through small monetary awards. All alumni who have registered and completed a profile on YoungArts Post are eligible to apply for a microgrant. Applications are available via open call on YoungArts Post  year-round. Alumni may apply for up to $1,000 and must submit a detailed description of the project/need for their request, as well as commit to providing documentation of the funds used if monies are awarded. Grants may be requested for any expenses related to professional or artistic development prior to the work taking place, including travel expenses to a residency, registration fees for a conference or class, the purchase of equipment, studio rental fees, etc. There are regularly multiple recipients of a portion of the $3,000 monthly grant allocation. Microgrants are not awarded as reimbursements for expenses previously incurred.

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Work with YoungArts

Fifty-seven percent of all YoungArts administrative and artistic positions were filled by alumni in the 2018/2019 Season. Resident advisors, discipline coordinators, national reviewers and master teachers play an integral role in the quality of YoungArts programming and the mentorship of our winners. It takes exceptional people to fulfill these roles and therefore, we take special care in selecting individuals with the potential to develop leadership skills and grow within the YoungArts community.

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YoungArts regularly engages alumni for performance opportunities at YoungArts donor and corporate partnership events. If you're interested in participating please email [email protected].

Get to Know Us

With regional programs in Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., as well as YoungArts representation at national conferences across the U.S., alumni are invited and encouraged to attend annual meet-ups in each city. Sign up for email updates and follow YoungArts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to ensure you never miss an opportunity to hang out with us.

Special perks are available for those who attend and sign up for YoungArts Post on the spot, or bring a fellow alumnus/a with you who signs up to YoungArts Post.