(Miami, FL) – The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) announced that applications for the 2020 YoungArts competition will be accepted beginning today, June 4, through October 11, 2019 at youngarts.org/apply. Approximately 700 of the country’s most accomplished 15- to 18-year-old artists will be selected through a blind adjudication process and provided with lifelong support through funding, mentorship, community, and creative and professional development opportunities.
“It is such a thrill to see the future of the arts reflected through the impressive applicants who apply to YoungArts’ annual competition each year,” said Sarah Arison, Chair of the National YoungArts Foundation Board of Trustees. “We are honored to support these young artists as they begin their lives in the arts, and at every stage of their career, as they go on to do great things.”
YoungArts winners are eligible for the following:
· Participation for Finalists in National YoungArts Week, the organization’s signature program held annually in Miami, which is an all-expenses-paid week of intensive master classes and workshops with leading artists such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, José Parlá, Salman Rushdie, Jeanine Tesori and Mickalene Thomas. Each evening, participants share their work with the public through performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings, and are further evaluated to receive awards of up to $10,000.
· Nomination of Finalists to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the highest honors given to high school seniors in the United States, which includes presentation opportunities at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.).
· Participation in YoungArts’ annual regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York, which allow winners to take master classes with renowned artists and present their work through performances, exhibitions and readings at top cultural institutions including Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York), New World Center (Miami) and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Los Angeles).