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Leading with Creativity Award winners. Photos by Ben Draper.

Introducing the Inaugural YoungArts x Anthropologie Leading with Creativity Award Winners 

By YoungArts | October 30, 2023

As an expression of our shared commitment to advancing the next generation of artists, YoungArts partnered with Anthropologie to award five past YoungArts winners with the inaugural YoungArts x Anthropologie Leading with Creativity Award. Each recipient received a $10,000 unrestricted grant and an opportunity to work alongside members of Anthropologie on their 2023 Making Merry holiday campaign.  

In early October, the Leading with Creativity Award winners were recognized during a visit to Anthropologie’s Home Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This trip brought together the artists, their mentors and members of the Anthropologie and YoungArts teams to celebrate the winners and participate in exciting arts activities throughout the city.

Leading with Creativity Award winners and mentors.
Winners arriving at the Anthropologie Home Office.
Touring the Barnes Foundation.
Leading with Creativity Award winners with Anthropologie and YoungArts leadership.

Meet the Artists

Priscilla Aleman (2009 Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts)  

Priscilla Aleman is a Miami-based sculptor. Priscilla worked alongside Anthropologie’s Senior Display Director to construct Anthropologie’s holiday window displays.  

Priscilla Aleman with Julie Henderson.

Priscilla and Julie observing the in-progress holiday displays.

Coco Allred (2016 Visual Arts)  

Coco Allred is a visual artist based in Seattle. Coco worked with Associate Design Director, Julie Gwin, to create a candle capsule collection. As part of a Giving Tuesday campaign, these candles will be available for purchase starting November 21 on Anthropologie’s website with 100 percent of sales benefiting YoungArts.

Coco Allred with mentor Julie Gwin.
Coco Allred and Julie Gwin collaborating on the candle capsule collection.

Isabela Dos Santos (2011 Film & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) 

Isabela Dos Santos is an artist based in Portland. Alongside Anthropologie’s Senior Creative Director, Carolyn Keer, Isabela created handmade holiday gifts for the brand’s media boxes featuring an assortment of mini-pastry magnets.  

Isabela Dos Santos holding the mini-pastry magnets.
Isabela Dos Santos assembling the mini-pastry trays.

Oscar Garay (2020 Visual Arts) 

Oscar Garay is a visual artist based in New York and Los Angeles. Oscar worked with Carolyn Keer, Senior Creative Director, to design three holiday gift cards. The holiday e-gift cards featuring Oscar’s artwork are available for purchase on Anthropologie.  

Oscar Garay working on his paintings for the holiday gift cards.
Oscar Garay and Isabela Dos Santos with Carolyn Keer and Tram Pham.

Anton Kot (2019, 2020 & 2021 Jazz)  

Anton Kot is a New York-based musician. In collaboration with Senior Video Art Director, Alison Wedewer, Anton composed and produced music for Anthropologie’s holiday campaign and will be performing live at the Chelsea Market store on December 2.   

Anton Kot with Halligan Norris Smith.
Anton Kot receiving a Leading with Creativity Award from Beth Kreider.

Read more about the partnership on WWD. For more updates, visit Anthropologie x YoungArts.

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