National YoungArts

Calling all teens with artistic dreams! If you’re passionate about a future in the performing, visual, literary, or design arts, the National YoungArts Foundation is a great way to pursue it. The Foundation has helped thousands of great young talents throughout the years. Read on to find out how you can take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

Young Arts NYC 2009

Photo courtesy of the National YoungArts Foundation

Based in Miami, FL, the National YoungArts Foundation has been helping teens ages 15 to 18 (10th through 12th grade) live their artistic dreams for more than 30 years. Each year, roughly 10,000 teens apply to be a part of the YoungArts experience which includes working with “master artists” (even some celebrities!), financial awards, scholarship access, and the chance to perform and exhibit work during National YoungArts Week. Of the thousands who apply, about 800 artists are selected to be part of the program. From hip hop dancers to violinists to poets, these teens are able to be part of a very special program.

Photo by Christopher Macsurak

Photo by Christopher Macsurak

The Foundation has more than 20,000 alumni including Nicki Minaj, Kerry Washington (from TV’s “Scandal”), singer Josh Groban, actor Adrian Grenier (from the “Entourage” series and movie), and Viola Davis, to name a few. Celebrities who have mentored teens in the YoungArts program include actor Robert Redford, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, and opera singer Placido Domingo.

Photo by Pedro Portal, courtesy of the National YoungArts Foundation

Some YoungArts winners can also participate in regional performances. This winter and spring, audiences can check out winners’ work in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. If you’re interested in seeing what the YoungArts master classes are like, episodes are available on HBO Go.

To check out the winners from the 2015 YoungArts Week, you can tune in to the YoungArts Finalists YouTube channel at

To learn more about the National YoungArts Foundation and see if it might be the right opportunity for you, visit

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