To help ensure that outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts, the National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, apply for scholarships, and gain national recognition throughout their careers.
To that end, YoungArts is accepting applications for its 2018 Prize cycle. Support is offered in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.
All YoungArts Winners are exposed to professional and educational opportunities, including the chance to work with and learn from renowned artists in their fields (e.g., Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith Hill, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Neil Patrick Harris, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie, Carrie Mae Weems, and others), and (space permitting) are eligible to participate in one of YoungArts’ annual regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles, or New York.
YoungArts also provides students in its program access to a strong professional network of more than twenty thousand alumni, as well as ongoing professional guidance and the opportunity to perform and exhibit their work at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.
Each year, hundreds of students are selected from across the country as national winners and receive grants of up to $10,000 each. They also have the opportunity to attend YoungArts programs and participate in master classes with internationally renowned artists, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances, and exhibitions.
There is a $35 non-refundable application fee per category; fee waivers are available.
Citizens or legal residents of the United States or U.S. territories between the ages of 15 and 18 on December 1, 2017, or in grades 10-12, may apply. International students who are studying in the U.S. on a student visa also are eligible to apply. YoungArts reserves the right to extend eligibility on a case-by-case basis provided the applicant’s birth date falls within ninety days of the designated guidelines.
See the YoungArts website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.