Watch: Shamel Pitts’ Touch of RED

By YoungArts | August 4, 2022

Shamel Pitts (2003 Dance) recalls the feeling in 2020 of emerging from six months of dancing in his living room and beginning residency at New York Live Arts, in partnership with YoungArts, for development of his new work, Touch of RED. “To come back to a theater, to be back…

Watch: Process Intensive with 2022 YoungArts Award Winners

July 13, 2022

What does it take to establish and sustain a creative practice? Over the course of three days in May 2022, 40 YoungArts award winners across 10 disciplines gathered virtually to explore essential questions around the creative process and focus on new tools and concepts for their own artistic practices. Led…

The Limitless Possibilities of Juan Jose Cielo

By Nicole Martinez | May 26, 2022

As a visual artist, Juan Jose Cielo (2015 Visual Arts) chases the extraordinary in the everyday. His paintings imagine spatial landscapes, rendered in a realist style but portraying objects and scenes from his wildest imagination. Within these celestial tableaus, Cielo depicts stereotypical LatinX figures who look more like caricatures of…

Watch: 2021-22 YoungArts Artist Fellow Molly Joyce

By YoungArts | May 25, 2022

Composer and musician Molly Joyce (2010 Classical Music) has an impaired left hand from a car accident she was in 20 years ago. Since then, she’s been on a journey from denying her disability to embracing it as a centerpiece of her artistic practice. This spring, Joyce began her time…

The Unapologetic Lens of Michi Jigarjian

By Nicole Martinez | May 5, 2022

When I reach Michi Jigarjian by phone on a Wednesday afternoon, she cautions that she’s left her camera off because she’s driving. “I just left Rockaway Beach, where we’ve just wrapped up on a community day with artist Julia Chiang that brought 50 kids together with the artist to create…

Watch: Bruce Bennett in Residency at Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York

By YoungArts | April 26, 2022

In late January 2022, Bruce Bennett (2014 Photography) began his residency at Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York in partnership with YoungArts, turning his lens on his relationship to celebrate the inherent magic of Black Love. Concluding with a public exhibition titled “Easy When The Love Don’t…

YoungArts: a window into dreams made real

By Jean Shin | March 17, 2022

At 18 years old, YoungArts exposed me to a world I had never experienced—one week in January 1990 immersed in the company of artists from all over the country. I was blown away by the intimate and meaningful conversations with my peers, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers and writers. We were…

Watch: Chris Rogerson’s “Sacred Earth”, presented by Nu Deco Ensemble and YoungArts

By YoungArts | December 10, 2021

In December 2021, Chris Rogerson (2007 Classical Music) collaborated with Nu Deco Ensemble to premiere his new composition, “Sacred Earth,” at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts with support from YoungArts. Presented with video by Emmy-nominated director and National Geographic photographer Keith Ladzinski and vocals from…