All award winners receive critical, ongoing support to propel them forward at every stage of their artistic careers.
National Arts Competition
Every year, the YoungArts national competition attracts thousands of applicants across 10 disciplines. Award winners benefit from a lifetime of opportunities to help them develop and sustain their artistic careers.
National YoungArts Week
National YoungArts Week is an intensive program for competition finalists to collaborate with peers across 10 disciplines, develop their craft with internationally recognized leaders in their fields and create lifelong connections.
U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects 20 YoungArts award winners at the Finalist level to receive one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students in the arts.
Process Intensive invites new YoungArts award winners across 10 disciplines to explore essential questions around the creative process and focus on new tools and concepts for sustaining their own artistic practices.
A variety of initiatives for emerging and mid-career artists to create, develop and present their work and apply to residencies, exhibitions and performance opportunities.
YoungArts’ professional development programs, skills-building workshops, artist residencies and cultural partnerships are designed to help artists advance their careers.
Grants & Awards
YoungArts provides award winners with grants, awards, creative and emergency microgrants, and unrestricted funding during the many critical junctures throughout their artistic careers.
Thanks to generations of award winners, YoungArts continues to grow as an uplifting and regenerative community that helps artists support each other at all stages of their creative and professional development.
I’m equally inspired by the selection of a young artist as an artist first and also very honored to be able to kind of usher in a new group of young artists.”
YoungArts gives confidence, connections and contacts.”
YoungArts is…really unique in the United States…it is designed to facilitate building relationships and a family that are going to nurture your creative career for a lifetime.”