2020 YoungArts Competition

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) is accepting applications for the 2020 YoungArts competition through 10/11/2019 at youngarts.org/apply.

About 700 of the country’s most accomplished 15- to 18-year-old artists will be selected through a blind adjudication process and provided with funding, mentorship, and creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers.

YoungArts award winners are eligible for the following:

  1. Participation in National YoungArts Week, an all-expenses-paid week of public performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings, as well as master classes and workshops with leading artists such as 
    • Debbie Allen
    • Mikhail Baryshnikov
    • Frank Gehry
    • Wynton Marsalis
    • José Parlá
    • Salman Rushdie
    • Jeanine Tesori
    • Mickalene Thomas
  2. Cash awards of up to $10,000
  3. Nomination to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, which is one of the highest honors awarded to high school seniors in the United States
  4. Participation in YoungArts’ annual regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York
  5. Artist Residencies at the YoungArts Campus and partner institutions
  6. Professional development opportunities, microgrants, awards and fellowships
  7. Access to YoungArts Post: a free, private, online platform that helps award winners create, connect and collaborate

In addition, YoungArts winners will join a professional network of more than 20,000 alumni artist. Distinguished alumni include:

  • Daniel Arsham
  • Terence Blanchard
  • Camille A. Brown
  • Viola Davis,
  • Allegra Goodman
  • Josh Groban
  • Judith Hill
  • Tarell Alvin McCraney
  • Andrew Rannells
  • Desmond Richardson
  • Hunter Schafer

Eligibility and Award Information

Applicants must

  1. be ages 15–18 or in high school grades 10–12 (as of December 1, 2019)
  2. be either a United States citizen or a permanent resident AND
  3. demonstrate excellence in Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Film, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice or Writing.

The application deadline is 10/11/2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

For inquiries please call (305) 377-1140 or email apply@youngarts.org.

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