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National YoungArts Foundation Expands YoungArts New York

National YoungArts Foundation Expands YoungArts New York


Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 4:00pm

With Master Teachers Including Wynton Marsalis, Debi Mazar, Brian 'Stokes' Mitchell, and Kathleen Turner from Monday, May 6 to Saturday, May 11, 2013


With Master Teachers Including Wynton Marsalis, Debi Mazar,
Brian “Stokes” Mitchell, and Kathleen Turner from
Monday, May 6 to Saturday, May 11, 2013

Free Interdisciplinary Performances Programmed By
Mikhail Baryshnikov at Baryshnikov Arts Center and Bill T. Jones at Lincoln Center,
and An Exhibition at MoMA
Feature the Nation’s Top Young Artists From the Greater New York Area in
the Visual, Literary and Performing Arts

MIAMI, FL (May 3, 2013) – The National YoungArts Foundation announced today details of an expanded YoungArts New York program which will take place from Monday, May 6 to Saturday, May 11, 2013. The program will offer 39 of the nation’s brightest young artists from the greater New York area life-changing experiences through interdisciplinary workshops, master classes with renowned artists; and the chance to exhibit their work at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) or perform at either Lincoln Center under the guidance of Bill T. Jones or at Baryshnikov Arts Center under the guidance of Mikhail Baryshnikov. YoungArts New York is one of three regional programs modeled after the organization’s signature national program, YoungArts Week, which is held annually in Miami.

“We have been continuing to expand our programming in New York since 2006 and are proud that this year, with the help of Agnes Gund, Chairman of the YoungArts New York Council, YoungArts New York will offer young artists in the region more opportunities to learn and grow than ever before,” said Paul T. Lehr, National YoungArts Foundation’s Executive Director.

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Artistic Director of Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), met one-on-one with 15 hand-selected 2013 Winners from the New York area to program short works ranging from Donald McKayle’sAngelitos Negros to Disfigured Blues, a new work by Jonathan Russell, which will be presented in “YoungArts @ BAC.” This multi-disciplinary performance will begin in the BAC Jerome Robbins Theater with dance, theater, classical instrumental music on Thursday, May 9 at 7:30PM and culminate with a “Jazz Club” presentation by YoungArts Winners and Alumni at the Howard Gilman Performance Space.

Works by visual arts and photography Winners will be presented on Friday, May 10 from 6:30 to 8:30PM at The Museum of Modern Art’s Founder’s Room and Gallery in an exhibition curated by Sarah Suzuki,MoMA Associate Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books.

During YoungArts New York, YoungArts Artistic Advisor Bill T. Jones will work with 19 Winners from 2013 in the disciplines of classical instrumental music, voice, writing, ballet, tap, and cinematic arts, YoungArts alumna Stephanie Troyak, alumnus and actor/singer Kenyon Adams, tap dancer Maud Arnold, Leah Cox, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company members Talli Jackson and LaMichael Leonard, along with composer Jerome Begin and sound designer Sam Crawford to create a multi-disciplinary work from scratch. The work, titled Changing Light on Water: Some Possible Beginnings and Endings will use material, like the writing of Claude Lévi-Strauss and the poems of participating YoungArts Winners as inspiration and will be presented at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30PM.

YoungArts New York is part of the National YoungArts Foundation’s year round programming in New York City. On an ongoing basis, YoungArts provides Winners and alumni from the New York area unique opportunities to showcase their talents, work with great masters, and enrich their artistic vision. YoungArts collaborates and partners with leading arts organizations including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), American Ballet Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Hunter College, Baryshnikov Art Center, New York Live Arts, and National Dance Institute to help provide these emerging artists with professional level training and experiences.

YoungArts New York 2013 at a Glance:

YoungArts @ BAC
Performance programmed by Mikhail Baryshnikov featuring 2013 Winners in cinema, dance, theater, music, and jazz
Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC)
450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018
This performance is at capacity.
VIP Host Sponsor, US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 6:30 PM - 8:30PM
Visual Arts and Photography Opening
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Founder’s Room and Gallery
11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY
Free | Reservations Required
events@youngarts.org or (305) 377-1140

Changing Light on Water: Some Possible Beginnings and Endings
Performance directed by Bill T. Jones and created in collaboration with the performers including 2013 Winners in classical instrumental music, voice, writing, ballet, tap, and cinematic arts
The Clark Studio Theater, Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center
165 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
This performance is at capacity.
VIP Host Sponsor, UBS Financial Services, Inc.

YoungArts New York 2013 Master Teachers and Mentors (as of May 3, 2013)a

* denotes YoungArts alumni

Kenyon Adams*
Jennifer Armasa
Chloe Arnolda
Maud Arnolda
Mikhail Baryshnikov a
Jerome Begin
Todd Coolman
Michael Counts
Leah Coxa
Sam Crawforda
Bruce Davidson
Ruth Falcona
Malcolm Getsa
Edon Gottlieba
Baba Israela
Talli Jackson
Hélène Jeanney
Eric Johnsona
Bill T. Jonesa
Joan Ladera
Dorothy Lawsona
LaMichael Leonard, Jr.
Sivan Magen
Wynton Marsalis
Debi Mazar
Michael McElroy*
Brian “Stokes” Mitchell
John Murillo
Pedja Muzijevic
Eric Owens*
François Perron
Lisa de Ribere
Irving Sandler
Nancy Savoca
Jay Scheib
Michael Scoggins
Ittai Shapira
Sarah Suzuki
Jeanine Tesori
Stephanie Troyak*
Kathleen Turner
Tony Yazbeck*
Eddye Pierce-Young
Janet Zarish
Jeffrey Ziegler

2013 YoungArts Winners
Selected out of approximately 10,000 applications, 685 YoungArts Winners have been recognized for their outstanding work in one of nine disciplines across the visual, literary and performing arts fields.  A complete list of the Winners is available online here 

YoungArts Winners are selected annually through a blind adjudication process and are eligible to participate in the Emmy-nominated HBO series YoungArts MasterClass. Each year, 20 Winners are recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and are invited to perform at the Kennedy Center, exhibit at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and participate in other signature events in Washington, DC. Winners also receive monetary recognition from the National YoungArts Foundation. Additionally, Winners living in the greater Los Angeles, Miami, and New York areas are invited to participate in YoungArts’ regional programs - YoungArts Los Angeles (February 2013), YoungArts Miami (April 2013), YoungArts New York (May 2013). 

The 2013 YoungArts New York participants hail from Astoria, Bellmore, Berkeley, Briarcliff Manor, Bronx, Brooklyn, Cambria Heights, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Farmington, Flushing, Jamaica, Long Island City, New City, New York, Pittsford, Port Washington, Roslyn, Sleepy Hollow, Stony Brook, Virginia Beach, Wantagh, and Woodside.  For a complete list, including participants and their disciplines, please 
click here. YoungArts Winners who have gone on to become leaders in their fields include actors Viola Davis, Raúl Esparza, Adrian Grenier, Andrew Rannells, and Kerry Washington; writers Allegra Goodman and Naomi Wolf; dancers Rachel Moore and Desmond Richardson; musicians Eric Owens, Terence Blanchard, Chris Young, Nicki Minaj, and Jennifer Koh; and visual artists Hernan Bas and Doug Aitken. 

YoungArts New York Winners Sponsors: J.P. Morgan Private Bank and Northern Trust Bank.

YoungArts MasterClass
 upcoming Premieres and Encore Presentations on HBO
Some of YoungArts work is featured in its Emmy nominated HBO series YoungArts MasterClass, in which masters teach and mentor young artists.  Season 2 of YoungArts MasterClass will continue on HBO on May 21, beginning at 6:30PM EST, with encore presentations of the three episodes with master teachers Patti LuPone, Bobby McFerrin, and John Guare. On May 22, beginning at 6:30PM EST, HBO will premiere three back-to-back episodes of the Emmy nominated series YoungArts MasterClass featuring James Rosenquist, Bruce Weber, and Kathleen Turner working with select YoungArts Winners from across the nation. 

Season 1 featured Edward Albee, Jacques d’Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Olafur Eliasson, Frank Gehry, Bill T. Jones, Julian Schnabel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Liv Ullmann. Season 2 features Renée Fleming, John Guare, Bobby McFerrin, Patti LuPone, James Rosenquist, Bruce Weber, and Kathleen Turner.  In conjunction with Columbia University’s Teachers College, YoungArts also has developed a Study Guide based on its YoungArts MasterClass series which is distributed free to schools nationwide to help increase arts education and awareness.

For more information, visit 

About the National YoungArts Foundation
The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. 

To date, YoungArts has honored more than 16,000 young artists with over million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of 00 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones and Martin Scorsese. In addition, at the request of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Each year, 20 YoungArts Winners are recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and their work is showcased at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

For more information about YoungArts, visit 

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