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.