We need artists to inspire, transform and heal our communities. We need them to challenge us as a society, to develop new language, and to bring us together in empathy and in humanity. 

YoungArts introduces Together, a virtual fundraising campaign that affirms our vision to empower artists to pursue a life in the arts. Join us on this season-long journey with commissioned artwork, film, dance and so much more featuring artists across the visual, performing and literary arts. 



Together, a short film

Commissioned by YoungArts, Together, a short film unites the work of YoungArts alumni and notable guest artists in an enchanting animated short that underscores powerful messages of solidarity and interdependence. The animation is comprised of 1,500 individual digital frames that are all one-of-a-kind works of art with certificates of authenticity.
The film came together with the help of the independent agency Psyop and its animation duo Igor+ Valentine along with CALLEN’s Brandon Mugar and Reuben Hower. The tandem worked with writers Brandon Mugar and Reuben Hower to craft the story and idea that features original drawings and unites the work of Leticia Bajuyo, Zoë Buckman, Demetri Burke (2017 Winner in Visual Arts), Robert Chambers, Julia Chiang, Paula Crown, Isabela Dos Santos (2011 Winner in Film & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Glenn Espinosa (2016 Winner in Visual Arts), Shepard Fairey, Dara Girel-Mats (2019 Winner in Visual Arts), Sheree Hovsepian, KAWS, Yashua Klos, Jason Kraus, Catherine Labarca (2016 Winner in Visual Arts), Destiny Moore (2020 Winner in Visual Arts), José Parlá and Jean Shin (1990 Winner in Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts).

The purchase of a one-of-a-kind digital frame from Together, a short film supports YoungArts and the next generation of artists.

Watch Film & Purchase Frames

Choreography Commission

Premiering April 8, 2021, Desmond Richardson’s Without Further Delay is a virtual dance performance bringing together nine 2021 YoungArts award winners from across the country. Commissioned by YoungArts in partnership with Aon, the performance investigates the current moment by exploring elements of isolation, confinement, communality and perseverance. Choreographer Richardson has been hailed by The New York Times as among the greatest dancers of his time. He is a 1986 YoungArts award winner, the co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and a Tony Award nominee. The music for Without Further Delay was composed by fellow 1980 alumnus and Grammy Award winner Terence Blanchard
Featuring 2021 YoungArts Winners in Dance: Arya Pratap, Brooks Landegger, Bryant Wright, Chelsea Correa, Christian Burse, Courtney McColley, Kelsey Lewis, Luc Simpson and Shalini Basu.

National YoungArts Week + Celebration

National YoungArts Week, YoungArts' signature program, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and community while offering young artists the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development.

YoungArts at Home

A curated box of artistic objects, YoungArts at Home is inspired by the artists bringing us together in moments of imagination and community. Each of its contents is created or produced by a YoungArts award winner, and includes a mask by Lizette Avineri (2007 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts), a puzzle with artwork by Ameya Okamoto (2018 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts & U.S Presidential Scholar in the Arts), postcards by ​Jordan Tiberio (2011 YoungArts Winner in Photography) and a box designed with the artwork of Catherine Labarca (2016 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts). 

YoungArts at Home is now available as a gift with donations of $1,000 and above while quantities last.

For additional information, please contact Dee Dee Sides at [email protected]