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National YoungArts Foundation

The National YoungArts Foundation or YoungArts (previously the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, or NFAA) is National YoungArts Foundation, a Miami-based charity that was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to help nurture emerging high-school artists. Alumni of the program have included, among many others, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Nicki Minaj and Doug Aitken.

Ted Arison wanted to bring the arts to the city where he built his successful company. In 1981 Arison gave $5 million, an unprecedented sum, to launch the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (now called YoungArts). Read more here:

YoungArts' mission is to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.

YoungArts™, the core program of The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts), nominates up to 60 candidates for consideration as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts following participation in YoungArts™ week.

It is an application-based award for emerging artists, ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. YoungArts Winners receive support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with famous mentors.

YoungArts disciplines[edit]

The YoungArts application consists of ten disciplines across the visual, literary, design and performing arts.

Eligibility and requirements[edit]

To apply to YoungArts, artists must be: US citizens or have permanent resident status 15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2016

U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts[edit]

In 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established by executive order of President Lyndon B. Johnson to recognize and honor the nation’s top graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrated talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Scholars are selected annually by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by the President, based on academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and writing ability. This year, more than 5,500 candidates qualified for the 2016 program determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by Chief State School Officers or the National YoungArts Foundation.

Since its inception, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 7,000 of the nation's high performing students. During the National Recognition Program, scholars are flown to D.C. to receive a Presidential Medallion, which is given to honorees during the annual ceremony in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Presidential Scholars each year are one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

Other programs and activities[edit]

Several documentaries have been produced highlighting this unique program and its extremely talented award recipients. Most notably, Rehearsing a Dream, produced by the Simon and Goodman Picture Company, was nominated for the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. A documentary television series entitled YoungArts MasterClass, in which program alumni are teamed with famous mentors, is in its second season on HBO. YoungArts has developed a study guide, based on the HBO series, for high school teachers with Teachers College, Columbia University.[1]

YoungArts campus[edit]

The National YoungArts Foundation acquired the landmark Bacardi Tower and Museum buildings in Miami, Florida in October 2012 and has since converted the buildings into the YoungArts Campus—the organization’s first national headquarters. The YoungArts Campus, located on the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and 21st Street—at the nexus of the Wynwood Arts District, Arts & Entertainment District and Edgewater—supports expanded programming in Miami and across the country. Since acquiring the historic Bacardi complex in 2012, YoungArts has been working to transform the Campus into a lively, multidisciplinary cultural center while preserving its beloved structures, which were granted a historic designation by the City of Miami Preservation Board in October 2009.

Previous winners[edit]

YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support. YoungArts winners at each award level (Merit, Honorable Mention, Finalist) become a part of our alumni family of 20,000+ members.

YoungArts winners represent a dynamic group of artists including actors Viola Davis and Kerry Washington; Academy Award winning screenwriter and director John Ridley; Tony Award winner Billy Porter; president and chief executive officer of the Music Center in Los Angeles Rachel Moore; recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; musicians Terence Blanchard and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; writers Jenny 8 Lee and Sam Lipsyte; internationally acclaimed artists Doug Aitken and Daniel Arsham, and many more.

YoungArts alumni are:

Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winners and nominees Dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the New York City Ballet Musicians in the Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic Orchestras The New York Times bestselling authors Artists who exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art Filmmakers who present at Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival

Arison and Alumni Award[edit]

The Arison Award is named for the late visionary, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, who sought a comprehensive method to nurture and support young artists in America. In 1981, together with his wife, Lin, Ted created the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) and the YoungArts program. Since then, more than 16,000 program alumni have been named and even more young people are being encouraged to explore and pursue a career in the arts. The Arison Award, established in 2001, is given annually to an individual (or individuals) who, like the Arison family, has had a considerable influence on the development of young American artists. The award itself is a work of art created by New York City artist Jean Shin, 1990 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

2016: Rosie Perez, director and actress; and Robert Wilson, director; Tony Yazbeck*, 1997 YoungArts Winner in Theater, performer, Tony Award nominee and YoungArts Master Teacher.

2015: Jeff Koons, renowned visual artist; Josh Groban*, 1999 YoungArts Winner in Theater, Grammy Award-nominated recording artist, singer, songwriter, actor, YoungArts Master Teacher; and Chris Young*, 2003 YoungArts Winner and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Grammy and Country Music Association Award nominated singer-songwriter.

2014: Zaha Hadid, Pritzker Award Winning architect; Rita Moreno, Academy Award Winning singer, dancer and actress; and Andrew Rannells*, 1997 Winner in Theater, American actor and singer.

2013: Joshua Bell, one of the world’s most celebrated violinists; Debbie Allen, American actress, dancer, choreographer, television director, television producer and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities; and Adrian Grenier*, 1994 Winner in Theater, American actor, musician and director.

2012: Robert Redford, actor, director, activist, and founder of the Sundance Institute & Film Festival; and Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts; and Doug Aitken*, 1986 Winner in Visual Arts, American multi-media artist.

2011: Bill T. Jones, a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer; Michael Kaiser, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Adrienne Arsht, Philanthropist; and Kerry Washington*, 1994 Winner in Theater, American actress.

2010: Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director; Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and Desmond Richardson*, 1986 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, American dancer and co-founder and co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

2009: James Rosenquist, an International award-winning, world-renowned artist; and Raúl Esparza*, 1988 YoungArts Winner in Theater, award-winning Broadway, television and film actor.

2008: Frank Gehry, world renowned architect; and Rachel Moore*, 1982 YoungArts Winner in Dance, Executive Director of the American Ballet Theatre and former member of ABT’s Corps de Ballet.

2007: Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer; and Allegra Goodman*, 1985 YoungArts Winner in Writing and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, critically acclaimed novelist and short story writer.

2006: Michael Tilson Thomas, renowned musician and conductor; and Vanessa Williams*, 1981 YoungArts Winner in Musical and Spoken Theater, internationally renowned Grammy and Emmy nominated singer/actress.

2005: Mikhail Baryshnikov, celebrated dancer, choreographer and actor.

2004: Plácido Domingo, renowned tenor.

2003: Roberta Guaspari, inspirational violin and strings teacher in the New York City public school system.

2002: Jacques d’Amboise, one of the finest classical dancers of our time.

2001: Quincy Jones, American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, record company executive, humanitarian and jazz trumpeter.

  • The Arison Alumni Award, which was established in 2006 to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary, is granted to past YoungArts winners in recognition of noteworthy contributions and professional achievements in his/her chosen art form.

Partnering organizations[edit]

YoungArts has partnerships with numerous organizations including American Ballet Theatre, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Gordon Parks Foundation, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Miami City Ballet, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New World Symphony, and Performa.[2]

Alumni opportunities[edit]

Every YoungArts winner becomes a part of the ever-growing YoungArts alumni community, an artistic family of more than 20,000 alumni. YoungArts increasingly makes open calls to alumni to provide fair opportunities and inclusion in its programming and events.[3]


YoungArts has an endowment of $42 million. Its $6 million annual budget is expected to increase as much as 40 percent as its operating expenses grow.[1]


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