Apply to the National Arts Competition

Are you a 15- to 18-year old visual, literary or performing artist?

The 2025 YoungArts application opens in July 2024

2025 National Competition

Jul 11

Application Opens

Oct 17

Application Closes

Accepting applications in 10 disciplines

Competition Eligibility

To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to these statements:

  • I am either a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident/green card recipient, or I can demonstrate that I am legally able to receive taxable income in the United States.  
  • I am in grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year I am applying.
  • If I’m selected as an award winner with distinction, this would be my first time attending National YoungArts Week.

Why Apply?

Cash awards

Receive cash prizes between $250 and $10,000.


Mentorship by accomplished artists

We provide mentorship opportunities with accomplished artists to help award winners prepare for and navigate a career in the arts.

A lifetime of creative and professional support

YoungArts is more than an award. Artists access resources and opportunities at every stage of their development to support a sustainable practice.


A robust network

YoungArts award winners join a community of distinguished artists that provides a longterm, robust network to help artists at all stages of their education and career.


Nomination for U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Each year, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects 20 YoungArts award winners who attend National YoungArts Week as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence.


National recognition  

The prestigious award gives emerging artists a headstart by demonstrating that they have received national recognition from highly respected artists in their field early on in their artistic journey.

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