“It’s an affirmation that you were right. Whether it was singing or dancing or acting, you knew that you were good enough to get there and people recognized it." - Vanessa Williams, 1981 Winner in Theater


National YoungArts Week is YoungArt's signature program that aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and community while offering Finalists the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development.

During the intensive, week-long and all-inclusive program, artists across 10 disciplines participate in master classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field, including YoungArts Legacy Master Teachers artistic director, choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones, and celebrated photographer Sylvia Plachy; American painter Will Cotton; acclaimed actress Olympia Dukakis; legendary saxophonist and composer Jimmy Heath; Academy Award-winning director Doug Blush (1984 Winner in Cinematic Arts), among others. Throughout the week, Finalists’ work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels.

Each evening, audiences can experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in voice, jazz, theater, dance and classical music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition curated by Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Franklin Sirmans in the YoungArts Gallery

At New World Center (Miami Beach):

Monday, January 8, 8 PM
Classical, Jazz & Pop Voice Performance 
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Tuesday, January 9, 8 PM
Jazz & Theater Performance
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Wednesday, January 10, 8 PM
Dance Performance & Film Screenings 
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Thursday, January 11, 8:30 PM
Classical Music Concert
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 On the YoungArts campus:

Friday, January 12, 6 PM

YoungArts Week 2018 Writers' Reading and Design Showcase

YoungArts Week 2018 Visual Arts, Photography and Design Exhibition Opening