Established in 1981 by Ted and Lin Aronson, the National YoungArts Foundation (or simply YoungArts) aims to identify and nurture the artistic talents of accomplished young artists across a broad spectrum of specialties, such as design and performing arts. The program is open to artists around the country between the ages of 15 to 18 and they are selected by an independent panel of highly proficient artists.
YoungArts winners receive a multitude of awards including money, professional development, and mentorship by some of the world’s most accomplished artists. These names have included dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov, singer and actress Sarah Brightman, and musician Wynton Marsalis, to name a few.
In addition to the prestige, YoungArts winners are also eligible to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors.
A number of YoungArts alumni have gone on to achieve major success. Emmy winner Anna Gunn, Triple Crown of Acting winner Viola Davis, writer, producer, and director Jenji Kohan, and Tony-nominated actor Andrew Rannells are a few of the famous names.
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