MIAMI, FL (June 7, 2022) – The nation’s leading arts competition for young artists, YoungArts, is now accepting applications through October 14, 2022. Accomplished artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10–12 are encouraged to apply online at youngarts.org/apply. All YoungArts award winners will receive financial awards of up to $10,000, opportunities to work with leading artists and will become eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support throughout their careers.
Applications are adjudicated through a rigorous blind process by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists. YoungArts 2023 award winners will be announced in December 2022. More details regarding National YoungArts Week, other 2023 programs and guest artists will be announced at a later date.
“Over 40 years, YoungArts has evolved and expanded, creating opportunities to support artists throughout their careers. It all starts with our unwavering commitment to identifying exceptional young artists whose courageous and artistic expressions signify a capacity and a desire to positively contribute to culture,” said YoungArts Artistic Director Lauren Snelling. “Past YoungArts award winners like Amanda Gorman and Hunter Schafer, Jean Shin and Camille A. Brown, Terence Blanchard and Viola Davis have all shown us the remarkable impact of their creative voices. We are filled with hope and are tremendously excited to meet the 2023 YoungArts award winners.”
Cornelius Tulloch (2016 YoungArts Winner in Design Arts, Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) said: “Initially YoungArts allowed me to see that I had limitless potential, but what has truly stuck with me is the ability it has given me to see the potential in others. It showed me the power in creating community within the arts and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration.”
HOW TO APPLY
The YoungArts award competition is open to artists (1) between the ages of 15–18 or in high school grades 10–12 (as of December 1, 2022) (2) that are United States citizens, permanent residents or legally able to receive taxable income in the U.S. and (3) that demonstrate excellence in Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Film, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice or Writing.
The application deadline is October 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET (8:59 p.m. PT).
For application inquiries, please call (305) 377-1140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DESIGNATIONS & AWARDS
YoungArts awards are given in three categories: Finalist, Honorable Mention and Merit. YoungArts award winners will have the chance to learn from notable artists such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Germane Barnes, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Mickalene Thomas through expanded online and in-person programs. Award winners will also become eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support throughout their careers. Note that all winners are eligible for cash awards from $100 to $10,000.
Finalists who are high school seniors are further eligible for nomination to the White House Commission on U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Award winners join a distinguished group of leading artists including Daniel Arsham, Jon Batiste, Terence Blanchard, Camille A. Brown, Timothée Chalamet, Viola Davis, Amanda Gorman, Judith Hill, Jennifer Koh, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Andrew Rannells, Desmond Richardson, Jean Shin and Hunter Schafer.
Thank you to the generous donors who have contributed $40,000 or more to YoungArts programming as we celebrate YoungArts’ 40th anniversary, including Aon; Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation; Sarah Arison & Thomas Wilhelm; Jill Baufman & Daniel Nir; Carnival Foundation; Tracey Corwin; Jeffrey Davis & Michael Miller; David Dechman & Michel Mercure; Natalie Diggins & Oren Michels; Givenchy; Agnes Gund; Hearst Foundations; Michi & Charles Jigarjian / 7G Foundation; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Leslie & Jason Kraus; Ashley Longshore; Steven & Oxana Marks; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Northern Trust Bank; The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation; Prada; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Sidney and Florence Stern Family Foundation; Sandra & Tony Tamer; Bruce & Ellie Taub; Truist Wealth; and UBS Financial Services, Inc.
YoungArts was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts and provide them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. Entrance into this prestigious organization starts with a highly competitive application process for talented artists ages 15–18, or grades 10–12 in the United States. Applications are adjudicated through a rigorous blind process by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists. All YoungArts award winners receive financial awards and the chance to learn from notable artists such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Germane Barnes, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Mickalene Thomas.
YoungArts award winners are further eligible for exclusive opportunities including: nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school seniors; a wide range of creative development support including fellowships, residencies and awards; professional development programs offered in partnership with major institutions nationwide; additional financial support; and access to YoungArts Post, a private, online portal for YoungArts artists to connect, share their work and discover new opportunities.
Past YoungArts award winners include Daniel Arsham, Terence Blanchard, Camille A. Brown, Timothée Chalamet, Viola Davis, Amanda Gorman, Judith Hill, Jennifer Koh, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Andrew Rannells, Desmond Richardson and Hunter Schafer.
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2020 YoungArts Winner in Film & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Dusan Brown, photo courtesy of the artist
2021 YoungArts Winner in Dance Ashley Lew, photo courtesy of the artist
2022 YoungArts Winner in Photography Saint Samuel, photo by Jason Koerner