On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) honored designers Simon and Nikolai Haas of The Haas Brothers as this year’s Arison Award recipients and Camille A. Brown (1997 YoungArts Winner in Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) as this year’s Arison Alumni Award recipient for their vital contributions and commitment to the arts at the organization’s annual Backyard Ball performance and gala on the YoungArts Campus. 
The evening brought together artists, influential community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities to support and acknowledge the achievements of the 2019 YoungArts winners, the nation’s most outstanding young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts. The Backyard Ball was presented by luxury jewelry brand Harry Winston, Inc., who is dedicated to continuing a history of philanthropy.
Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez served as honorary chairs of the 2019 Backyard Ball, with Oxana and Steven Marks and Jackie Soffer and Craig Robins serving as co-chairs. As YoungArts’ largest annual fundraiser, the occasion marks the conclusion of the organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week. One of the most comprehensive programs for aspiring artists, National YoungArts Week provides approximately 170 finalists with transformative experiences, including master classes, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, and the opportunity to perform and exhibit to public audiences.


Special Honorees

Designers Simon and Nikolai Haas of The Haas Brothers were recognized as the 2019 Arison Award honorees and Camille A. Brown (1997 YoungArts Winner in Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) was this year’s Arison Alumni Award recipient.

Past Arison Award Honorees

Outstanding Gala Performances

The 2019 Backyard Ball featured stellar performance vignettes by YoungArts alumni directed by Jake Goldbas (2007 Winner in Jazz).


Following the gala, guests danced under the stars and celebrate the 2019 YoungArts Finalists on the beautiful YoungArts plaza.
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