The 2020 YoungArts Backyard Ball will take place on Saturday, January 11. The evening brings together artists, influential community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities to support and acknowledge the achievements of the 2020 YoungArts winners, the nation’s most outstanding young artists in the literary, visual and performing arts. 
As YoungArts’ largest annual fundraiser, the occasion marks the culmination of the organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week. One of the most comprehensive programs for aspiring artists, National YoungArts Week provides finalists with transformative experiences, including master classes, workshops, interdisciplinary activities and the opportunity to perform for and exhibit to public audiences.
The evening is presented by fine jeweler Harry Winston and hosted by honorary chairs Sandra and Tony Tamer and co-chairs Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm, Jay Franke and David Herro, and Oxana and Steven Marks.

Special Honorees

The 2020 Backyard Ball will honor jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard (1980 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music) with the Arison Alumni Award and conceptual artist Teresita Fernández with the Arison Award for their vital contributions and commitment to the arts.

Past Arison Award Honorees

Outstanding Gala Performances

A highlight of the Backyard Ball will be a multidisciplinary performance created by director and choreographer John Heginbotham in collaboration with musical director Jake Goldbas (2007 YoungArts Winner in Jazz).


Join us on the YoungArts Plaza for the Backyard Bash, our annual gala afterparty. Dance under the stars with music and toast the 2020 YoungArts Finalists with over 700 other tastemakers, alumni and patrons.
Join as a member at the Influencer ($500) level and above and receive tickets for yourself and a guest to attend this always-magical evening.
To learn more, or to sign up for membership, please click here or contact Development Manager Nada Ridard at [email protected].