YoungArts supports artists.
For many young people, applying to YoungArts may be the first step in affirming “I am an artist.” YoungArts is one of the only organizations in the U.S. that supports artists across 10 disciplines at all stages of development, beginning with the critical moment when they decide to pursue a life in the arts, and continuing throughout their careers.
Every year thousands of performing, visual and literary artists age 15-18 apply to YoungArts through our national competition. Finalists travel from around the country to National YoungArts Week, all expenses paid, to collaborate with peers and develop their crafts with internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Finalists in their senior year are further eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
All award winners—including Finalist, Merit and Honorable Mention award levels—receive mentorship and financial awards; gain access to a lifetime of creative, professional development and funding opportunities; and become part of an uplifting, inter-generational community that helps artists connect, create and collaborate.
Financial awards, mentorship, space grants, community, and a continued investment in creative and professional development opportunities for award winners are the pillars of our programs. Here’s a tiny snapshot of what happens at YoungArts:
U.S. foundations serving young artists in 10 artistic disciplines
U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts
Award Winners Around the World
Programs & Opportunities
Guest Artists & Mentors
YoungArts can open up doors for you that you didn’t even know were there. It can connect you to others who will then be a part of your life for the rest of your life.”
Winning a YoungArts award as a high school student definitely bolstered my confidence… I was reminded that I AM a talented artist and it is possible to live a creative and musical life.”
I finally thought of myself not just as a writer, but as an Artist.”