“It’s an affirmation that you were right. Whether it was singing or dancing or acting, you knew that you were good enough to get there and people recognized it." - Vanessa Williams, 1981 Winner in Theater

National YoungArts Week is YoungArts' signature program that aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and community while offering finalists the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development.

Artists across 10 disciplines participate in classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field, which include Tony Award winner Santino Fontana (2000 Winner in Theater and Voice & U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts); Academy Award-winning film editor Doug Blush (1984 Winner in Film); award-winning journalist, author and provocative cultural critic Dr. Joan Morgan; acclaimed visual artist Derrick Adams; Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Betty Wright; photographer and visual artist Endia Beal; McArthur Fellow and flutist Claire Chase; Bessie Award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson; American jazz bassist and composer Rufus Reid; and design strategist Gena Cuba, among many others.

In response to the ongoing pandemic, YoungArts has made the decision to adapt its programs, including National YoungArts Week, to be delivered virtually through online classes, lectures, and forums. Our goal is to provide this year’s artists with the same artistic and creative support even though we cannot gather in person. Our highest priority is the wellbeing of our participants, artists, mentors and staff.