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YOU NGARTS L A SCH E DU LE
VISUAL ARTS + PHOTOGR APHY
C U R AT E D BY J O H N TA I N8 PM
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CO -DIR EC TED BY BILL PIERCE,
MICHAEL BUCKLEY AND RUTH MCKEE
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DIR EC TED BY DANIEL BER NAR D ROUMAIN3 WE LCOM E TO YOU N GARTS L A
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES
YOU N GARTS L A PRODUC TION TE AM
5 PHOTO The National YoungArts Foundation is celebrating its 35th Anniversary.
WE LCOM E TO YOU NGARTS L AThat means 35 years of identifying and nurturing the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. Two years ago, we launched YoungArts Los Angeles with great success. In its third year, the program promises to be a transformative experience for those who participate in our classes, workshops and performances, and for audience members as well. We are tremendously proud of our YoungArts Los Angeles winners. Their hard work, dedication and talent has inspired us and taught us what it means to be a true artist.
YoungArts Los Angeles is one of three regional programs modeled after our national YoungArts Week. All of our programs provide us with the opportunity to further showcase and nurture the talents of our young winners. This year’s program offers close to 100 students with intense master classes and workshops with renowned artists, and the opportunity to share their creativity with the public through performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings.
These artists are among the nation’s most talented artists, ages 15-18, who were selected through a blind adjudication process as the 2016 YoungArts Winners. These artists are already so accomplished that you will have a hard time remembering that they are just beginning their careers. By all means, they are the artistic voices of the future.
Thank you for supporting the next generation of artists with your attendance, applause and contributions. I also want to extend a special thank you to the parents, teachers and schools who have nurtured these young talents throughout the years. Without you, they would not be selected and featured by us today.
Be on the look-out for future YoungArts programs in Los Angeles.
We plan to expand our visibility here with intimate salons featuring our alumni and master teachers, as well continue to attract the brightest high schoolers to our national and regional programs.
Sincerely, Richard Kohan Chair, Board of Trustees
YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected from a pool of more than an average of 11,000 applications (in 2015, the organization received a record-breaking number of more than 12,000 applications), YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Robert Redford, Rebecca Walker and Bruce Weber—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and New World Center (Miami). Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence.
YoungArts Winners also become part of a thousands-strong alumni network of artists, which offers them additional professional opportunities throughout their careers. YoungArts alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields include actresses Viola Davis, Anna Gunn, Zuzanna Szadkowski and Kerry Washington; Broadway stars Raúl Esparza, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells and Tony Yazbeck; recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard, Gerald Clayton and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; visual artists Daniel Arsham and Hernan Bas; internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken; television writer, producer, and director Jenji Kohan; New York Times bestselling author Sam Lipsyte; and Academy Award winning filmmaker Doug Blush.
For more information, visit youngarts.org.
ABOUT YOU NGARTS L Aprogram held annually in Miami, YoungArts Los Angeles is one of three regional programs that offer life-changing experiences, guidance and support to incoming YoungArts Winners nationwide through interdisciplinary workshops, seminars and master classes with renowned leaders in their fields. This year, 819 emerging artists (ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12) from 42 states were selected as YoungArts Winners for their outstanding work and accomplishments across the literary, visual, design and performing arts from more than 12,000 applications—the largest number to date.
YoungArts Los Angeles engages YoungArts Winners from all award levels— Finalist, Honorable Mention and Merit—and exposes local audiences to emerging artists in their community. Along with regional programs in New York and Miami, YoungArts Los Angeles provides a platform for participants to connect, collaborate and learn from their peers, distinguished YoungArts alumni, and luminaries such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vijay Gupta, Joan Scheckel, and Franklin Sirmans. In addition, participants showcase their talents during public performances, exhibitions and readings at world-class arts institutions in each area to further prepare them for the next stage of their careers.
This year in Los Angeles, the exhibition curated by John Tain; jazz and writers readings directed by Bill Pierce; and performances directed by celebrated choreographer John Heginbotham and acclaimed composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, take place at The Los Angeles Theatre Center.
More information about our events is available online at youngarts.org.
We believe in the arts, our youth and their dreams. The encouragement of our young artists is an investment in a future rich in culture. Your contribution to the National YoungArts Foundation helps us create experiences for students that last a lifetime – moving the nation’s most talented young artists a little closer to their dreams. Over the last 35 years, more than 20,000 young artists have benefited from the opportunities that were given to them through YoungArts’ programs.
We are proud of our role as a springboard to vibrant artistic careers. Our alumni have gone on to distinguished careers in their fields, becoming principal dancers in major companies, members of prominent orchestras and recognizable faces on stage and screen. Their books are on The New York Times Best Seller list, their artwork hangs in the world’s most distinguished museums and they have received Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award nominations and awards.
YoungArts programs rely on the contributions of generous corporations, foundations and individuals like you!
There are many ways to support these artists, but they all start with you taking action.
Donating to our annual fund is a notable way to make a difference and get more involved. YoungArts offers access to future masters in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and exposure to a passionate group of people interested in sustaining artistic culture. It’s a way for you to stay connected to the variety of innovative programs, education and outreach, interdisciplinary workshops and community happenings that we offer each season in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.
We invite you to discuss how you can become more involved in supporting YoungArts, our artists and our programs.
For more information, please contact the Development Department at (305) 377-1140 or email@example.com.
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