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Watch: YoungArts Presents

By YoungArts | February 29, 2024

Introducing YoungArts Presents! This new series tells an artist’s story through an artist’s lens. We’re introducing you to artists across the country, all YoungArts award winners, in films created by fellow YoungArts winners. Every artist has a different approach to artmaking, a different way of seeing the world, and a shared passion for creativity. Watch the first five episodes below.

Kathia St. Hilaire (2013 Visual Arts), Visual Artist

Kathia’s work is informed by her experience growing up in Caribbean and African American neighborhoods in South Florida and memorializes her communities through innovative printmaking techniques. Her work draws inspiration from Haitian Vodun flags, which are used to tell the country’s history and honor ancestral spirits.

This film was directed by Gabriel Gomez (2009 Film).

James Allister Sprang (2008 Visual Arts), Multidisciplinary Artist

The son of Caribbean immigrants, Sprang considers his relationship to Diasporic timelines while weaving together his multimedia work, to create sensory poems for the spirit. His 50-minute musical composition, Rest Within the Wake, made its South Florida debut at YoungArts during Miami Art Week 2023. 

This film was directed by Mariah Barrera (2020, 2021 Film).

Remy Le Boeuf (2004 Jazz), Saxophonist and Composer

Remy is a 4x Grammy-nominated composer and saxophonist whose music is rooted in the jazz tradition and overlaps into contemporary classical and indie-rock realms. He is the founder and director of the jazz orchestra, Assembly of Shadows, and co-leader of the Le Boeuf Brothers jazz group.

This film was directed by Gabriel Gomez (2009 Film).

Kathleen Radigan (2013 Writing), Writer and Cartoonist

Kathleen is a writer and cartoonist whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Guernica, The Sun, The Rumpus, and The Baffler, among others. She teaches high school English in New York City and she published her book The Frustrated Ones in 2021.

This film was directed by Gabriel Gomez (2009 Film).

Timo Andres (2003 Classical Music & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Pianist and Composer

Adrian Zaragoza (2022 Classical Music), Pianist

A Nonesuch Records artist, Timo’s album of orchestral works, Home Stretch, has been hailed for its “playful intelligence and individuality,” (The Guardian). He was nominated for a Grammy award for his performances on 2021’s The Arching Path, an album of music by Christopher Cerrone. As a pianist, Andres has appeared with the LA Phil, North Carolina Symphony, the Britten Sinfonia, the Albany Symphony, New World Symphony, and in many collaborations with Andrew Cyr and Metropolis Ensemble.

Based in California, Adrian has been playing piano since he was 4 years old. He has won top prizes in several international competitions and has made appearances on Philadelphia’s WRTI classical radio, “a Pod of Hope” and “Vienna Live” with Simeon Morrow.

This film was directed by Gabriel Gomez (2009 Film).

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