YoungArts can only do the work we do to identify, recognize and award outstanding students in the arts with the support and effort of educators, teachers, instructors, coaches, homeschoolers and arts practitioners.

For questions, please contact Hamza Lamrani, Education Outreach & Recruitment Manager

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YoungArts supports educators and art leaders in elevating the next generation of artists. YoungArts is one of the only organizations in the U.S. that supports artists across 10 disciplines at all stages of development, beginning with the critical moment when they decide to pursue a life in the arts, and continuing throughout their careers. 

Every year thousands of performing, visual and literary artists age 15-18 apply to YoungArts through our national competition. Finalists attend National YoungArts Week to collaborate with peers and develop their crafts with internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Finalists in their senior year are further eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. 

Explore how you can support your young artists through YoungArts.

Student List Service

Connecting the most accomplished young artists in the nation with the best colleges, universities and conservatories.

For colleges and conservatories: 

Through the YoungArts application, students have the choice to opt-in to the YoungArts Student List Service (SLS)—a subscription service that connects thousands of applicants and winners to conservatories, colleges and universities to further their education and artistic development. 

Often, applying to YoungArts is the very first time that a student will say the words: “I am an artist.” This affirmation can have an enduring ripple effect and helps students prepare for the next phase of their creative and professional journey.   

If you are a recruiter, counselor or educator from a college, conservatory or university, sign up now to enroll your Institution in YoungArts’ Student List Service (SLS).

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For educators and parents of YoungArts applicants:

Encourage your students to opt in to SLS. Often, applying to YoungArts is the very first time that a student will say the words, “I am an artist.” This affirmation can have an enduring ripple effect and helps students prepare for the next phase of their creative and academic journey. When completing their YoungArts application, students have the opportunity to share their contact and application information with esteemed universities and conservatories who participate in the Student List Service (SLS). While this opt-in service does not guarantee acceptance into a conservatory or the university, it has successfully helped many with admission. Please encourage your students to opt-in to SLS so that their contact information is directly shared with the admission recruiters who trust YoungArts to provide information on the most promising young artists.