COVID-19 Safety Policy

In an effort to maximize protection from COVID-19 and prevent spreading it to others, YoungArts has implemented the following health protocols:

  • All employees, guest artists and independent contractors who are not able to fulfill their responsibilities remotely are required to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless granted an approved exemption in accordance with Florida Statute § 381.00317.
  • Any individual coming to the YoungArts campus is required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and complete a wellness survey. All visitors to the YoungArts Campus are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing in all public and common spaces indoors. Face masks are encouraged outside when social distancing is not possible.

Please note, private special events may have additional protocols.

YoungArts will continue to monitor evolving health guidance and these guidelines and policies may be updated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will masks be required on site? 
Yes, face masks are required in all public and common spaces indoors. Face masks are encouraged outside when social distancing is not possible.


What other health measures have been put in place? 
The return to campus will include:

  • upgraded HVAC and filtration systems
  • limited capacity on site
  • a hybrid in-person and remote work schedule
  • required social distancing
  • face mask policy

The following has been installed:

  • social distancing markers and capacity signage
  • plexiglass room dividers
  • touchless Purell stands at the entry of each floor
  • touchless soap dispensers, faucets and toilets in most of the Tower and Jewel Box restrooms
  • outdoor work spaces to enable staff to work in fresh air
  • enhanced air filtration systems throughout the Tower

The campus’s HVAC Mixing Box Replacement and Automation System is designed to correct the balance of temperature and permit the HVAC system to maintain well-conditioned, controlled and dehumidified spaces. Sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer will be provided at each workstation.

Vaccination Guidelines

Who is expected to comply with the YoungArts vaccination policy?
The policy applies to all YoungArts employees, guest artists and independent contractors who are not able to fulfill their responsibilities remotely.

Are YoungArts award winners required to be vaccinated?
No. Vaccination is not required to become a YoungArts award winner.

What counts as fully vaccinated?
Per CDC guidelines, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

How is YoungArts handling vaccination and testing requirements for artists who are participating in workshops, programs, and/or events with YoungArts partners (e.g., Joe’s Pub)?
Any artist participating in a YoungArts workshop, program, and/or event with a partner organization is required to comply with that partner organization’s COVID-19 policies as well as all local and state restrictions, rules, policies and procedures.

Onsite Programming, Events & Meetings

Will National YoungArts Week take place in person in 2022?
Following careful consideration, YoungArts has determined that National YoungArts Week will take place virtually to help safeguard the health and well-being of all YoungArts 2022 award winners, guest artists and staff.  Last year, we were able to offer an incredibly successful virtual YoungArts Week program, and we are confident we will once again be able to deliver an amazing experience for this year’s winners.

Will YoungArts Regional programs take place in 2022?
We are currently in process of determining virtual programming for all 2022 YoungArts award winners.


How will YoungArts support virtual programming?
To safeguard the health and safety of all, all 2022 winner programming will be virtual through June 30, 2022. YoungArts will deliver its programs virtually through online classes, lectures, and forums.

To ensure there are no barriers to virtual participation, all National YoungArts Week participants will receive a technical survey that identifies materials, space, and other equipment necessary to participate. Any artist in need will be provided with the necessary supplies and equipment, which may include computers, software licenses, recording equipment and/or art supplies.

We will continue to assess the situation with the hope of again engaging in live in person events as soon as we feel appropriate.