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Emerging Artists Encouraged to Apply to YoungArts | June 1 - October 14, 2016

Emerging Artists Encouraged to Apply to YoungArts | June 1 - October 14, 2016


The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts)




Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 11:59pm daily through October 14, 2016



The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts)

Visual, Literary, Design and Performing Artists 15-18 Years Old Encouraged to Apply to National YoungArts Foundation

Call For 2017 Applications Open From June 1 to October 14, 2016

Winners Receive Extraordinary Mentorship and World-Class Performance Opportunities


MIAMI, FL (June 1, 2016) – The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) announces today that applications to become a 2017 YoungArts Winner will be accepted from June 1, 2016 through October 14, 2016. YoungArts identifies and nurtures the nation’s most accomplished emerging artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts between the ages of 15 and 18 or in high school grades 10-12, and encourages candidates to submit their applications online at http://www.youngarts.org/apply.

“On behalf of everyone at YoungArts, I encourage young artists from across the country to apply to our 2017 program. Last year, we received a record number of more than 12,000 applications—now, I am calling upon all parents, teachers, coaches and mentors inside and outside the classroom to support the most talented young artists in their communities, and help them take the leap from aspiring to professional artist,” said Lisa Leone, Vice President of Artistic Programs for the National YoungArts Foundation.

Artists may apply to any of YoungArts’ ten disciplines: Cinematic Arts, Dance, Design Arts, Jazz, Classical Music, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice and Writing. YoungArts Winners are selected annually through a blind adjudication process, and recognized at the Finalist, Honorable Mention or Merit level.

All YoungArts Winners are exposed to professional and educational opportunities, including the chance to work with and learn from renowned artists in their fields—such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith Hill, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Neil Patrick Harris, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Carrie Mae Weems—and are eligible to participate in one of YoungArts’ annual regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York, space permitting. YoungArts also offers a strong professional network of more than 20,000 alumni, as well as ongoing professional guidance and the opportunity to perform and exhibit their work at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York), Sotheby’s (New York) and New World Center (Miami). 

Each January, YoungArts Finalists are invited to National YoungArts Week, the organization’s signature program held annually in Miami, to participate in a week of intensive master classes and workshops with leading artists. Throughout the week, participants have the opportunity to share their work with the public each evening through performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings, and are further evaluated to receive awards of up to $10,000. Nominations for that year’s U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts—one of the highest honors given to artistically-talented high school seniors in the United States—are also made, as YoungArts is the sole nominating agency for this award.

“The [YoungArts] program not only validated my hard work as an artist, but more importantly, gave me the resources, coaching, and artistic relationships to help me grow as a writer and take my work to new heights. I am so grateful for all the opportunities granted by the program, as they have truly shaped my craft and expanded my artistic perspective,” said Ashley Gong, 2016 YoungArts Winner in Writing from Sandy Hook, CT.

Eligibility and Award Information
To be eligible for recognition by YoungArts, applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18 or in high school grades 10-12 (as of December 1, 2016); either a United States citizen or a permanent resident; and must demonstrate excellence in the visual, literary, design or performing arts.  The applications deadline is October 14, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.

If students have any questions, they can reach programming staff at (305) 377-1140 or apply@youngarts.org.

YoungArts Disciplines/Categories
The YoungArts application consists of ten disciplines across the visual, literary, design and performing arts. They are listed below alongside the respective subcategories to which students may apply:

·         Cinematic Arts

·         Dance: Ballet, Choreography, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Tap, World Dance (various forms)

·         Design Arts

·         Jazz: Composition and Instrumental (various)

·         Classical Music: Composition and Instrumental (various)

·         Photography

·         Theater

·         Visual Arts        

·         Voice: Classical, Jazz, Popular and Singer-Songwriter

·         Writing: Creative Non-Fiction, Novel, Play or Script, Poetry, Short Story, Spoken Word

2016 YoungArts Winners
Selected out of more than 12,000 applications—the largest number to date—819 YoungArts Winners from 42 states were recognized for their outstanding work across the visual, literary, design and performing arts fields. A complete list of the 2016 winners is available here: 2016 YoungArts Winners.


Image Captions: Nicole Ishimaru (2015, YoungArts Winner in Dance) performing at New World Center during National YoungArts Week
Photo credit: Katherine Bollens

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