YoungArts Week, which takes place in Miami each year, enables approximately 170 YoungArts Finalists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts to work with distinguished master teachers and mentors in their field such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems, to name a few. Each night these artists present their work through performances, film screenings, an art exhibition, writers’ readings and film screenings.
Several years ago, the National YoungArts Foundation began exploring ways to expand its reach and increase its impact across the country. The result was the launch of regional programs, which extends recognition and resources to hundreds of additional YoungArts winners each year. Modeled on the transformative experience of its annual signature program, National YoungArts Week, regional programs—which are currently offered in Miami, New York and Los Angeles—expose audiences to emerging artists from the community and allow participants to take master classes with world-renowned artists and showcase their work through performances, exhibitions, and readings at some of the most prestigious arts institutions in the country.
At the request of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Scholars showcase their work at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C and attend an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.