Letter from Our Chair
A story that began in 1981 continues today, and I am proud to say that over the last 40 years, YoungArts has stayed true to my grandparents’ founding vision while continually evolving to meet artists’ needs. In four decades, YoungArts has awarded more than 20,000 artists who have shared music that can bring us to tears, art that inspires a better world, poetry that can motivate a nation and design that changes the way we live. All the while, YoungArts has innovated and responded to artists as we strive to provide them with the support—space, funding, mentorship, professional development, and creative opportunities—they need to thrive.
I was thrilled to see this innovation honored this season by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) when YoungArts received the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming for the quality and vision of our program design, audience building and community involvement efforts. This recognition was a reminder of the ongoing and increasing relevance of our work both within our industry and in the artist community at large.
This report provides a window into the work and stories of artists and the ways we’ve been able to impact their careers as they shape our collective future. Thank you to all who have made this 40th anniversary an extraordinary success.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Who We Are
YoungArts identifies exceptional young artists, amplifies their potential, and invests in their lifelong creative freedom.
A world that embraces artists as vital to our humanity.
Our core values are excellence, collaboration, inclusivity, experimentation, respect and integrity. These concepts underpin our efforts to provide artists with space, funding, mentorship, professional development and community. We strive to incorporate and communicate them throughout all of our programs.
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.
2021-22 Year in Review
1Awarded funds, attended programs, engaged online, or hired to lead programs
2Including National YoungArts Week+, YoungArts’ signature seven-day program which offers 200+ workshops, classes and presentations
Competition Outreach Efforts
Artists between the ages of 15 and 18, or in grades 10-12, are eligible to apply to YoungArts. Artists must be able to receive taxable income in the U.S.
Two new initiatives expanded meaningful outreach efforts to young artists interested in applying to YoungArts.
Tap dancer Michael Dascomb, a 16-year-old from New Hampshire, tuned in to a new virtual information session about applying to YoungArts in the Dance discipline. Here he received key application information from YoungArts staff, got tips from panelists on what they’re looking for in an application, and heard stories from an award winner about their real experiences with YoungArts, all to help him confidently submit his application.
This offering was part of a new initiative in the 2021-22 season to provide discipline-specific information to young artists submitting applications to YoungArts. Each year, YoungArts works with thousands of partners to encourage young artists across the country to apply.
After applying, Dascomb was named a YoungArts award winner at the Finalist level and attended National YoungArts Week+ in January 2022.
3Figures represent numbers of awards made in the 2021-22 season. One winner can receive multiple awards.
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Supporting Award Winners Throughout Their Careers
Musicians Kevin Sherwin and Joshua Banbury tapped into YoungArts’ resources to pursue a collaborative album and take advantage of professional development and mentorship opportunities.
Kevin Sherwin (2012 Classical Music) worked with vocalist and fellow YoungArts award winner Joshua Banbury (2013 Theater, Voice) on a collaborative project titled “Deification Suite” that, in the artists’ words, “musically illustrates the emotional, narrative, and artistic connections between different traditions of ancient and contemporary India, Israel, North Africa and the Americas.” In March 2022, both artists applied for support though the YoungArts Creative Microgrants program and received a total of $5,000 to be applied toward development.
Each month, YoungArts funds $15,000 in creative microgrants to support artists’ professional and creative needs. All YoungArts award winners are encouraged to apply. Out of the 276 artists who applied in the 2021-22 season, 115 were funded for a total of $179,300.
|Contributions and other receivables||$1,441,487||$1,371,125|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||$339,642||$411,023|
|Interest in charitable remainder unitrust||$118,681||$145,593|
|Property and equipment, net of depreciation||$25,850,714||$25,405,318|
|Liabilities and Net Assets||2022||2021|
|Without donor restrictions||$38,052,462||$36,042,435|
|With donor restrictions||$41,959,407||$50,774,896|
|Total Net Assets||$80,011,869||$86,817,331|
|Total Liabilities and Net Assets||$80,653,175||$87,739,073|
The information presented reflects the consolidated 2021–2022 audited financials which includes both the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Inc. (d.b.a. YoungArts) and the National YoungArts Foundation Supporting Organization.
Many people make YoungArts programming a reality, and we are grateful for the time, energy and experience you share.
Board of Trustees
as of June 30, 2022
Sarah Arison | Board Chair
Richard Kohan | President of The Board
Natalie Diggins | Secretary
Richard S. Wagman* | Treasurer
Doug Blush, 1984 Film
Jay Franke, 1993 Dance
Danielle Garno, Esq.
Michi Matter Jigarjian
Steven Marks, Esq.
Michael McElroy, 1985 Theater
Dr. Joan Morgan
John J. O’Neil, Esq.
Jean Shin, 1990 Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Zuzanna Szadkowski, 1997 Theater & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Joseph M. Thompson
Maurice M. Zarmati
Armando M. Codina
John J. Kauffman
Dr. Ronald C. McCurdy
Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón
Desmond Richardson, 1986 Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
*Denotes Trustee Emeritus
We are grateful to the many individuals, foundations, corporations and government entities that provided support for YoungArts programming during the 2021–22 season. Fundraising efforts were further amplified by two successful in-person special events: the YoungArts Birthday Party, which raised over $1.1 million (including in-kind support), and the YoungArts New York Gala, which generated nearly $1 million (including in-kind support) for YoungArts’ programming for artists.
7G Foundation / Michi and Charles Jigarjian
Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation
Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm
Jeffrey Davis and Michael Miller
Jay Franke and David Herro
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
Northern Trust Bank
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Sidney and Florence Stern Family Foundation
Sandra and Tony Tamer
Bruce and Ellie Taub
Leslie and Jason Kraus
State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture
The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation
Podhurst Orseck, P.A.
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
The Batchelor Foundation, Inc.
Jill Braufman and Daniel Nir
Adriana Cisneros and Nicholas Griffin
David Dechman and Michel Mercure
Natalie Diggins and Oren Michels
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Gillian Hearst / Hearst Corporation
The Kirk Foundation
Kirsh Foundation Holdings
Steven and Oxana Marks
Reed Smith LLP
Graham Steele and Ulysses De Santi
California Community Foundation
City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council
The Fine and Greenwald Foundation, Inc.
Richard and Amy Kohan
The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation
Tarell Alvin McCraney
Miami Downtown Development Authority
ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
Slobodan Randjelović and Jon Stryker
Red Butterfly Foundation
Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer
Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine Farley
Andrew and Tarin Teno
Alice and Thomas Tisch Foundation
The Frances & Benjamin Benenson Foundation Inc.
DiMenna Foundation, Inc.
Robert and Cindy Friezo
The Hostetler/Wrigley Foundation
Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation, Inc.
The Miami Foundation
Joanne Rosen and Amy Cappellazzo
Sheldon and Susan Schneider
W. Marcus and Mary Elizabeth Sheridan
Terry Soriano-Zucker and Jason Zucker
Troy D. Templeton and Miriam C. “Sissy” Templeton
Joseph M. Thompson and Alison M. Thompson
The Robert and Jane Toll Foundation
Eliot C. Abbott
Phil Aimé and Beth Braswell
HH Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz
Americans for the Arts
Bal Harbour Village
Jean Thierry Besins
The Cowles Charitable Trust
Paula H. Crown
Craig E. Dykers and Elaine Molinar
Adriana Farietta, Deputy Director, The Armory Show
Dana Farouki and Mazen Makarem
Rachel Wagner Furst
Aaron H. Glickman
Rosie Gordon-Wallace and Roy Wallace
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
K. Hovnanian Companies LLC
Jewel and Adam Malone
Pilar and Stephen Robert
Gaetan Rousseau and Khirma Eliazov
Amanda Ruisi and Bob Sorrentino
Lisa Schejola and Jeffrey Akin
Dee Dee Sides and Michael Weissman
Tuchman Family Foundation
Virtus Investment Partners
Richard S. Wagman
Alden Warner and Peter Reed
The Wisch Family Foundation
Randi F. Wolfson
Up to $999
Amazon Smile Foundation
Lynne Harris Bernstein and Theodore Bernstein
Randi Blanco and Edward M. Rosenstein
Robert N. and Deborah A. Brailas
Thomas J. Butler III and Joanne Butler
Donna Lane Creasman-Downey
Aurelia V. Crews
Duke Dang and Charles E. Rosen
Sherrie L. and James R. Evans
Everett F. Ford
Joan and Paul Gluck
The Goldbas Family
Patricia D. Goldstein and Dr. Jacques Goldstein
Sarah Watson Gray
Lee Cohen Hare
Michael D. Hermann
Jessica Cydnee Jackson
Edward and Judith Joyce
Julie Ann Jurrjens
V. Wensley Koch
Dr. Sophia Koen
Michael Kushner / BABOON TO THE MOON
Rebekah Lanae Lengel
Martha and Jeffrey Levey
Jorge Luis and Marile Lopez
Vinh K. Ly
Felicia Marquez and Francisco Baixauli
Peg E. McCarthy and Scott M. Teeter
Jay and Jennifer Mills
Mark T. and Sharon Nash
Robert C. Newman and Judi S. Prokop Newman
Michael J. McClaflin and Lyse Norian
Kristin Amy Olbertson
Option A Group
Parlá Studios, LLC
Desmond S. Richardson
Nada L. Ridard
Timothy C. Rogier
Jamie and Andrea Salsberg
Sandoval Plumbing Inc.
Marlene R. Sholod
Franklin and Jessica Sirmans
Sony Corporation of America
Suzanne J. and Henry S. Stolar
Superior Knickers Inc.
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Very Good Puzzle
Sarah and Robert Webb
Robert L. Weitz
Amanda Bhalla Wilkes
Tom Wyroba and Stacey H. Mancuso
Mary Jo Zimmer, MD
Past Annual Reports
Text-Only Chart Data
2022 YoungArts Awards by Discipline
Classical Music: 173 awards (22.6%); Dance: 59 awards (7.7%); Design Arts: 27 awards (3.5%); Film: 29 awards (3.8%); Jazz: 96 awards (12.6%); Photography: 41 awards (5.4%); Theater: 43 awards (5.6%); Visual Arts: 51 awards (6.7%); Voice: 132 awards (17.3%); Writing: 113 awards (14.8%).
2022 YoungArts Awards by Demographic
Arab-American and Middle-Eastern: 4 (0.5%); Asian or Asian American: 264 (34.6%); Black, non-Hispanic: 70 (9.2%); Hispanic: 82 (10.7%); Multiracial/Ethnic: 62 (8.2%); Native American and Native Alaskan: 1 (0.1%); Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 7 (0.9%); Prefer not to Answer: 37 (4.8%); White, non-Hispanic: 236 (30.9%).
2022 YoungArts Awards by Gender Identity
Agender: 2 (0.3%); Female: 459 (60.2%); Male: 283 (37%); Non-Binary: 18 (2.4%); Not Listed: 1 (0.1%).