Frequently Asked Questions

What is the National YoungArts Foundation?
National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 1981 by Ted and Lin Arison to identify and support young artists.

What does YoungArts do?
National YoungArts Foundation identifies the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts, and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers.

YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18, or in grades 10–12, from across the United States. YoungArts also aspires to empower artists to pursue a life in the arts.

YoungArts brings the work of these alumni—young, emerging and accomplished artists in ten different disciplines—to audiences in Miami as well as in a growing number of cultural centers across the country. Our programs serve to support our work of identifying and nurturing these artists at every stage of their professional development while sharing their talents with the public.

Where is the National YoungArts Foundation located?
National YoungArts Foundation is a national organization with office headquarters in Miami at the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and 21st Street, in the former Bacardi Tower and Museum buildings. YoungArts acquired these landmark buildings in October 2012 and has since converted the buildings into a campus with offices, and performance and exhibition spaces.

While headquartered in Miami, YoungArts also presents programming in a growing number of cities across the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Is YoungArts a school?
No. YoungArts is an organization with an application-based program for artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12 and alumni of the program.

Does YoungArts offer classes?
YoungArts does not offer classes to the public. Applicants selected as YoungArts winners take part in programs that include master classes with accomplished artists in their fields. For information about applying, visit

Is YoungArts a museum?
No. However, YoungArts does host exhibitions in its gallery throughout the year. For more information about YoungArts exhibitions, visit

Who is eligible to apply for the YoungArts program?
Artists ages 15-18, or in grades 10-12, and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply to YoungArts. Learn more at

When are applications accepted for the YoungArts program?
Each year, the application opens in the June and closes in October. Visit for more information.

Does YoungArts award grants or other monetary benefits to non-profit groups?
No, we are not a funding agency.

Where does YoungArts receive its funding?
YoungArts is funded by generous individuals, corporations, foundations, and city, county, state and national sources. We annually host galas in Miami and New York, of which proceeds go towards our operational expenses.

How do I make a donation to YoungArts?
You can donate to YoungArts online or by contacting us at [email protected] or 305-377-1140, extension 1804. Thank you for supporting YoungArts and investing in the future of the arts.

Do I get a tax deduction if I donate to YoungArts?
Yes. Donations to YoungArts are 100% tax deductible. Donate now.

What provisions are there for people with disabilities?
The National YoungArts Foundation strives to ensure that all of our spaces and events are accessible. We provide accessible seating for all performances and events. Sign-language interpretation services are available upon request with adequate notice.

Are all programs suitable for children? While many of our events are family-friendly, often times the human form, clothed and unclothed, as well as strong language, is included in the artistic material presented. Use your discretion when deciding whether a particular event or program is suitable for your children. If you have questions about the nature of a specific event or performance, please call 305-377-1140.

Can I teach at YoungArts?
If you are a professional artist interested in serving as a master teacher with YoungArts, please email your cover letter and CV and/or resume to [email protected].

I’m an emerging artist over the age of 18 and no longer in high school. Can YoungArts help me with my art and artistic career?
No. At this time, YoungArts does not offer classes or professional development assistance to artists that are not alumni of our programs.