“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

January 3–9, 2021 | A week of virtual classes and workshops with notable artists for 2021 Finalists
January 25–30, 2021 | An inspirational virtual showcase of 2021 Finalist performances, writers’ readings and an exhibition 

Relive the best moments from 
National YoungArts Week + 2021: 
Voice – Watch Stream
Jazz & Theater** – Watch Stream
Dance & Film Screenings** – Watch Dance Performance
Classical Music – Watch Stream
Design, Photography & Visual Arts Exhibition Opening** – View Exhibition
Writers’ Readings** – Watch Stream
Nightly Program

2021 Anthology and Catalogue

National YoungArts Week is YoungArts' signature program that offers YoungArts award winners at the Finalist level the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development. Typically held in-person in Miami, the 2021 program, National YoungArts Week +, took place virtually. 

During the intensive program, Finalists across 10 disciplines participated in online classes and interdisciplinary workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field, including acclaimed visual artist Zoe Buckman; Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction recipient and bestselling author Edwidge Danticat; Grammy Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Lisa Fischer; Grammy and Tony Award nominee and Broadway actor Michael McElroy*; principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and virtuoso Anthony McGill; editor at large for special projects at TIME and photographer extraordinaire Paul Moakley; Grammy Award-winning film composer Nora Kroll Rosenbaum; one of the most influential graphic designers in the world Paula Scher; and Emmy and Grammy award-winning audio engineer Patrick Smith*, among many others. Their work was adjudicated for financial awards of up to $10,000. Finalists are also eligible for nomination as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. 

Following the week-long intensive program, audiences were invited to join National YoungArts Week + and meet the most accomplished young artists across the country through six nights of free virtual performances, writers’ readings and an exhibition, and through a digital anthology and catalogue available above.

YoungArts is committed to providing 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 all participants, artists, guest artists and staff.

2021 Guest Artists

*YoungArts Alumni
**All ages are welcome to YoungArts performances and exhibitions, but please be aware that they may include adult language and topics.