Every year I am amazed by the incredibly talented high school students that participate in YoungArts Week, which took place last month in Miami. 170 talented YoungArts finalists participated in talks and master classes with world renowned artists, including Rosie Perez, Zaha Hadid, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Debbie Allen, Shelly Berg and James Rosenquist, to name a few. Each night audiences were wowed during performances and film screenings at the New World Center, as well as a visual arts, photography and design exhibition, jazz combo and writers' readings on our new YoungArts Campus. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you everyone for helping support the next generation of artists. We hope to see you all at an upcoming program in your city!
If you didn't get to experience YoungArts Week for yourself, you could still enjoy all of the performances, which are available on our YouTube channel -click here
In the News
YoungArts' Backyard Ball raises over $1.5 million
to support programming for the next generation of talented young artists! Read more
To watch the full Gala awards ceremony & alumni performance video, click here.
Josh Groban's Master Class on HBO challenges three YoungArts alumni to write a song in two days and it proves to be quite a magical experience. Read more
Be sure to tune in to HBO Go for upcoming airings of this episode.
CBS4 correspondent Lisa Petrillo received exclusive access to Debbie Allen's master class - watch video
WSVN-Deco Drive's Louis Aguirre recaps the YoungArts Backyard Ball, January 11, 2014. Watch video
To read all recent news items, visit our press room.
February 14 - 16
YoungArts Campus and Gusman Center for Performing Arts, Miami
Experience the next generation of great artists, 2014 YoungArts Winners, during an art exhibition, film screenings, jazz combo and writers' readings at the YoungArts Campus, and multidisciplinary performances at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.
Actress and YoungArts Master Teacher Anna Deavere Smith mentors a group of YoungArts alumni, aspiring young artists, in the 19th episode of the twice Emmy-nomiated HBO series, YoungArts MasterClass. Learn more
Jazz and The Philharmonic
February 28, 9:00 p.m.
PBS Broadcast T.V.
Jazz and the Philharmonic(watch trailer) highlights two of the greatest musical art forms the world as ever seen, classical and jazz, and features performances by renowned artists and YoungArts master teachers Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Terence Blanchard and Elizabeth Joy Roe. Learn more
Becoming An Artist
February 28, 10:30 p.m.
PBS Broadcast T.V.
Becoming An Artist is an inspiring tribute to the power of mentoring, featuring YoungArts master teachers Mikhail Baryshnikov, Robert Redford, Rosie Perez, Bill T. Jones, Frank Gehry, John Guare and Kathleen Turner working with YoungArts alumni. Learn more
Save the Dates
The Way of the Rain Miami
March 12, 2014
YoungArts Campus, Miami
The world-premiere of a multidisciplinary collaborative art performance piece by Sibylle Szaggars Redford, YoungArts alumni Desmond Richardson and Dave Eggar, Will Calhoun, Chuck Palmer, Steve Cohen and Floyd Thomas McBee, with a special appearance by Robert Redford.
(stay tuned for details)
YoungArts LA YoungArts NY
March 18-23, 2014 March 31-April 6, 2014
Los Angeles Theater Center MoMA & Baryshnikov Arts Center
During regional programs, YoungArts Los Angelesand YoungArts New York, 2014 YoungArts Winners will exhibit and perform their work. To learn more about YoungArts Regional programs, click here.
(stay tuned for details)
Alumni 'Take One'
In the fourth installment of YoungArts TakeOne, a monthly web series in which a handful of artists are sent an email with a song title and key and only 30 seconds to discuss in the studio before they 'Take One' together, alumni Benny Benack, Nia Drummond, Samora Pinderhughes, Demi Remick, Elliot Skinner and Grace Weber perform Pharrell Williams’ Happy. Enjoy and be happy!
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists, and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of emerging young talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. YoungArts alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their field include actresses Viola Davis and Kerry Washington; musician Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; and acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken.