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YoungArts Gallery | Miami, FL
Our next exhibit, New Perfumes, Larger Blossoms, Pleasures Untasted: Hernan Bas Selections from the Rubell Family Collection is curated by Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Thom Collins. This is the first in the ongoing gallery series entitled Junctures, whichhighlights the early career of some of YoungArts' most notable Alumni in Visual Arts. Learn more
The exhibition opens with a Members' Preview on Wednesday, October 1.If you are a member and would like to attend, please RSVP to [email protected] or call (305) 377 - 1140.
In honor of our first annual YoungArts Awareness Day (September 8), a nationwide initiative to #KeepArtsAlive, Grammy Award-winning violinist and YoungArts Master Teacher Joshua Bell stopped by the NBC6 studios in Miami. He discussed the importance of arts education and his involvement with YoungArts. Watch video
Later that evening, Bell was on our campus for the premiere screening of the HBO special Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass (which airs October 14), followed by a salon moderated by Elizabeth Sobol and sponsored by Knight Foundation, with a performance by Bell and his MasterClass co-stars, all of whom are YoungArts Alumni.
You can also read the Miami Herald's South Florida Album, by Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard, which recaps YoungArts Awareness Day and the many celebrations that took place across the country to raise awareness about the importance and power of the arts.
Put the Arts Back in Our Schools, by Paul Lehr, YoungArts President & CEO
Miami Herald | September 10
In honor of Arts in Education Week, Paul Lehr, who was recently named an Altruist of the Year by MIAMI Magazine (as was Board of Trustees member Sarah Arison), wrote an op-ed about the importance of the arts in our nation's schools. In the piece, he notes that in Florida alone, "students who took at least four arts credits in high school had cumulative grade-point averages that were 16-percent higher than those of students who received no arts courses; and their graduation rate was 20-percent higher." Read the full article here.
YoungArts Artistic Advisor
Bill T. Jones Receives National Medal of Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Renowned dancer, choreographer and YoungArts Artistic Advisor Bill T. Jones was one of 11 people to receive a National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The award was presented by the President of the United States, and you can watch the ceremony here. Read more about this great honor (which was also bestowed upon YoungArts co-founder Lin Arison last year) and the many reasons Jones is so deserving of this prestigious award here.
Chris Young Shares His Love of Music Education
The Tennessean | September 6
Country music star and YoungArts Alumnus Chris Young (2003, Voice) recently helped spread the word about YoungArts Awareness Day, sharing his passion for music and arts education, the incredible impact YoungArts had on his career and how he's giving back to the community. Read here
Alumni Play Jazz Tunes at Miami's LILT Lounge
FOX 7 - Miami | September 5
If you're in Miami, make sure you head to LILT, a new cocktail lounge focused on jazz music, located in the Epic Hotel. YoungArts Alumni Jaylon Ballard (2012, Popular Voice), Sam Hart (2013, Jazz) and David Leon (2012, Jazz) perform there every Wednesday and Thursday night. Watch video
In our fun new application video, Fight of the Disciplines by YoungArts Alumnus Adam Katz (2014, Cinematic Arts), artistic disciplines "fight" for the chance to apply. As you may already know, YoungArts accepts applications in 10 disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing.
We hope you will encourage the young artists you know, ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12, to apply to YoungArts before the October 17th deadline!
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YoungArts Campus | Miami, FL
Eve Ensler, the Tony Award-winning playwright, activist and author of The Vagina Monologues, is coming to Miami to celebrate the launch of Drum! Dance! Rise!, One Billion Rising's 2015 campaign – a call to action to end violence against women and girls in our lifetimes. Learn more | reserve tickets
October 14 | 7:30 PM ET
Premiere of Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass
Tune in to HBO
Filmed in New York City and London, Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass features internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell as he mentors, travels, and performs with nine talented young string musicians, all of whom are YoungArts alumni. Learn more
Outside the Box is a new bi-monthly performance series on our plaza. During the first event, YoungArts alumni, including two-time Grammy nominee Dave Eggar, will present excerpts from their upcoming show at Festival Miami. Learn more
Save the Dates
January 4-11, 2015
National YoungArts Week
Performances & Exhibition at New World Center and on the YoungArts Campus.
Tickets available soon | Learn more
Tom Wyroba (or "Mr. Y" as his students lovingly called him) was an exceptional teacher whose work at New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in Miami, Florida nurtured hundreds of YoungArts winners, and several Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Mr. Wyroba was named the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Teacher, one of the highest honors a high school arts teacher can attain. His legacy is evident through the lives and work of his NWSA students. To continue Mr.Wyroba’s legacy, the Wyman Scholarship has been established to offer a scholarship to students from NWSA and Design Architecture Senior High.
"Mr. Y was a friend and mentor", says Chat Travieso, Mr. Y's student and friend, and YoungArts Alumni (2006, Visual Arts) who created the portrait above. "He truly cared about each one of his students and would push us to grow as both artist and human beings. I wouldn't be the person I am today if it wasn't for him. While he will be greatly missed, I will carry his lessons with me for the rest of my life."
All of us here at YoungArts extend our deepest gratitude to Tom Wyroba for his commitment to young artists.
A Special Thanks
Thank you to the following organizations that continue to encourage students to apply to YoungArts:
Alvin Ailey Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, American Dance Festival, Art Schools Network, ASCAP Foundation, Berklee City Music, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Brevard Institute and Festival, California State Summer School of the Arts, From the Top, Grammy Foundation, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Overture, Spotlight Program - The Music Center of Los Angeles, Texas Young Masters, The Pulse, The School at Jacobs Pillow and The Sphinx Organization and more.
Where Are They Now?
William Holman (2002, Writing) is the creator of Object Guerilla. This website features more than 30 of his uniquely-designed furniture projects, along with blog posts about, and inspired by, many topics in architecture and design. Holman is currently writing his first book, which will be published by Storey Publishing in 2015. You can check out his work and learn more about his artistic pursuits and upcoming projects, here.
Lee Pivnik (2014, Visual Arts) was recently interviewed on Zazzle's blog, where he shared details about his YoungArts experience – from applying to the program to creating work for YoungArts Awareness Day – as well as his next adventure at the Rhode Island School of Design. He also offered great advice to aspiring artists: "A large part of making the art is getting it seen by others. Don’t forget that. Be dedicated and professional, no matter how old you are." Read more
This week, Kiss Me Kate opened in Pasadena, California, with it's musical ensemble featuring Alumnus Eric B. Anthony (1997, Theater). Broadway World says this production "will view the work through a new lens, using the wonderful material of this celebrated production to showcase the trailblazing African-American actors and entertainers of the early 20th century". To learn more and watch a behind-the-scenes clip with Anthony's co-star Wayne Brady, click here.
Screening of the HBO special Alan Alda: YoungArts MasterClass
at CORE:club in New York | September 5, 2014 View photos
Alan Alda: YoungArts MasterClass premiered on September 16.
Additional air dates are available on HBO GO. View schedule
YoungArts Awareness Day | September 8, 2014
Proclamations, mural unveiling & pop-up performances in
Miami, Los Angeles and New York View photos
YoungArts Salon with Joshua Bell, Sponsored by the Knight Foundation
YoungArts Campus | September 8, 2014
Featuring the premiere screening of the HBO special Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass
and a performance by Bell and YoungArts Alumni View photos
The full YoungArts Salon video with Joshua Bell, including a conversation moderated by Elizabeth Sobol and a beautiful performance by Bell and his YoungArts alumni MasterClass co-stars, is available on our YouTube Channel. Watch now
Social Media Spotlights
Grammy Award-winning violinist and YoungArts Master Teacher Joshua Bell recently shared some encouraging words about the importance of pursuing the arts.
In honor of YoungArts Awareness Day, many YoungArts alumni, including Alumna Kerry Washington, encouraged their followers to #KeepArtsAlive!
Fifty YoungArts alumni had a back-to-school celebration with a family style BBQ in New York City, coming together to enjoy music, dancing and delicious food.
YoungArts Alumni in New York started the YoungArts Awareness Day celebration early at NBC's Today Show! You can check them out in the crowd here.
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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 talented young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts.