About Us

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. Award winners with distinction attend National YoungArts Week to collaborate with peers and develop their crafts with internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Award winners with distinction 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.

Award winners at all 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.

Our Impact

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:

Since 1981

U.S. foundations serving young artists in 10 artistic disciplines


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U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts


Hayim Heron playing classical guitar

Award Winners Around the World


2020-2021 Season

Artists Impacted


Dylan Etienne-Ramsay sitting and working at sewing machine

Programs & Opportunities


Tomoe Carr with hands on ground and one foot in the air

Guest Artists & Mentors