National YoungArts Week

National YoungArts Week is an intensive, week-long all-expense paid program that takes place in Miami. Finalists travel from around the country to collaborate and create lifelong connections with fellow artists across 10 creative disciplines, and develop their craft with internationally recognized leaders in their fields.

Voice winner performing and Film winner shooting during National YoungArts Week

National YoungArts Week

National YoungArts Week is YoungArts’ signature program that offers award winners at the Finalist level the guidance they need to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development.

To continue supporting artists through the pandemic, the 2021 National YoungArts Week program took place online, and finalists across 10 disciplines participated in virtual classes and interdisciplinary workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field, such as acclaimed visual artist Zoe Buckman; Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction recipient and bestselling author Edwidge Danticat; Grammy Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Lisa Fischer; Grammy and Tony Award nominee and Broadway actor Michael McElroy*; principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and virtuoso Anthony McGill; editor at large for special projects at TIME and photographer extraordinaire Paul Moakley; Grammy Award-winning film composer Nora Kroll Rosenbaum; one of the most influential graphic designers in the world Paula Scher; and Emmy and Grammy award-winning audio engineer Patrick Smith*, among many others. Finalists were eligible for financial awards of up to $10,000, as well as for nomination as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. 

Following the week-long intensive, audiences were invited to meet the most accomplished young artists during six nights of free virtual performances, writers’ readings and an exhibition, and through an online digital anthology and catalogue. 

*YoungArts Award Winner

YoungArts is currently planning to offer 2022 National YoungArts Week in person and is working with a COVID-19 compliance officer to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants including award winners, guest artists, staff, vendors and audiences. We will continue to monitor federal and local guidelines related to COVID-19—as well as any other unforeseen circumstances—that may impact the in-person component of the event. If the in-person event must be canceled, 2022 National YoungArts Week will be offered virtually.

Anthology and Catalogue
2021 Guest Artists

About National YoungArts Week

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2020 National YoungArts Week

Dusan Brown Holding a Camera

YoungArts’ mantra is that this experience will change your life. When I first saw this, I doubted that one week would have such an impact. Boy, was I wrong!

— Dusan Brown (2020 Film & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts)