Creative Development


YoungArts Residency programs foster creative growth for projects in development by providing alumni artists with financial support, as well as dedicated time and space either on the YoungArts campus or in their home cities through strategic partnerships with discipline-specific and regionally significant organizations across the country. In response to the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic, YoungArts has activated and expanded its national network of cultural partnerships in an effort to serve alumni artists where they live and simultaneously support the larger cultural ecology. 

YoungArts has partnered with a number of cultural institutions to offer residencies within their prestigious programs.

The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Residency


YoungArts and The Betsy Writers Room at The Betsy - South Beach have partnered to provide one YoungArts alumnus/a in Writing a weeklong artist residency at The Betsy Writers Room—a working studio space for visiting writers and artists to create, develop their craft and share their work through community programs. As part of the residency, the alumnus/a will be asked to write a creative summary for The Writer’s Room TWR blog, and participate in a community event at The Betsy - South Beach’s “Library Social” on the Thursday of the residency to introduce and discuss their work.

The Fountainhead Residency


YoungArts and The Fountainhead have partnered to offer a month-long residency to one Visual Arts alumnus/a at The Fountainhead, located in the heart of Miami’s cultural community. The Fountainhead is a residency program for up to three artists at a time, representing multiple mediums and a global artistic community.

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The Watermill Center Mentorship Residency


YoungArts and The Watermill Center have partnered to offer a monthlong residency at the center’s campus in Long Island, New York where a YoungArts alumnus/a is paired with a Watermill alumnus/a for creative development and mentorship. 

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Photo copyright Lovis Ostenrik, courtesy of The Watermill Center.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council


YoungArts and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) have partnered to offer a three-month residency to a YoungArts alumnus/a at LMCC’s newly renovated, multi-use arts space on Governor’s Island, New York, set to officially open in September 2019. The YoungArts alumnus/a will occupy a semi-private, dedicated space among 19 other artists representing multiple disciplines within the building.

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YoungArts Gallery

Since 2013, the two-story YoungArts Gallery has hosted exhibitions by YoungArts master artists, winners and alumni, including Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Arsham (1999 Winner in Visual Arts) and Hernan Bas (1994 Winner in Visual Arts). We are proud to offer alumni the opportunity to show work through an open call for two exhibitions annually in the YoungArts Gallery. Each exhibition is curated by an established curator or artist and often explores timely themes in art or society.

Visual Arts Exhibition | October–December
The visual arts exhibition features artists in the visual arts, design and photography. The exhibition opens in October and stays up through Miami Art Week in December.
Photography Exhibition | May–August
The photography exhibition features lens-based art work and takes place annually in the Spring. 

Baxter St. at the Camera Club of New York


YoungArts has partnered with 7G Foundation and Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York for an annual exhibition in April featuring a New York City-based YoungArts alumnus/a working in the mediums of photography and video. The opportunity includes a financial subsidy to create a body of work and produce a two-week solo show in the Baxter St gallery as well as access to the Baxter St at the Camera Club dark room, studio resources, and their Art Advisory Committee.

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Jorge M. Pérez Award

The Jorge M. Perez Award, generously funded by The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, provides a YoungArts Visual Arts alumnus/a who has succeeded in strengthening their community through artistic endeavors with a $25,000 unrestricted award and mentorship from PAMM’s Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI) curatorial fellow.

The 2019 Award was shared between Chat Travieso, YoungArts (2003 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and Kathia St. Hilaire (2013 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts).

The Gordon Parks Foundation Award

The Gordon Parks Foundation annually grants a $5,000 unrestricted cash award to three recent YoungArts winners who represent the depth, breadth and integrity of Gordon Parks’ work. Winners are invited to the awards ceremony and dinner in New York.

Alumni Space Grants

YoungArts offers alumni complimentary* use of space on the Miami campus, including the YoungArts Jewel Box, Ted’s or outdoor areas, for rehearsals, performances and/or meetings on a first come first served basis, pending approval and availability. A standard application is available through YoungArts Post and is open to members of the local artistic community, however grants may only be awarded to alumni.

*Once budget for space grants has been reached, space may still be available, however some operational expenses, including cleaning, valet, security and/or additional staff may be incurred by alumnus/a depending upon dates/times/duration of request.


Applications and open calls for these opportunities and positions can be found on YoungArts Post. If you have any questions about alumni opportunities, please email our Alumni Community Manager Kelley Kessell at [email protected].