“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.
During the intensive, weeklong and all-inclusive program, artists across 10 disciplines participate in master 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.
Throughout the week, Finalists’ work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels. Each evening, audiences can experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in Voice, Jazz, Theater, Dance and Classical Music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a Design, Photography and Visual Arts exhibition in the YoungArts Gallery.