YoungArts is a program of the National YoungArts Foundation that identifies emerging artists in visual, literary and performing arts and assists them in their educational and professional development. By providing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, significant access to scholarships and national recognition, YoungArts ensures the nation’s most outstanding high school students are encouraged – at critical junctures in their lives – to pursue careers in the arts.
Every year up to 150 of the nation’s most talented 15-18 year old artists, spanning nine disciplines, converge in Miami for YoungArts Week. Selected from up to 7,000 applicants from across the country, this week long gathering provides gifted young artists with life-changing artistic enrichment experiences. Master classes with internationally renowned artists, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances and exhibitions, YoungArts Week has it all. It is designed to support students at a critical juncture in their lives, and encourage their decision to pursue a career in the arts.
HSPVA actively supports applications for Young Arts. Applications normally open in March and close in October. Students can submit applications in the disciplines of Cinematic Art, Dance, Jazz, Music, Photography, Vocal Performance, Writing, Theater, and Visual Arts. Theatre students can compete in either Musical Theatre or Spoken Theatre and submit specifically prepared videos of performances for entry.
By applying to the YoungArts program applicants are eligible for:
- Exclusive U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts nominations
- Master classes with world-renowned artists
- Access to scholarships, career opportunities and professional contacts
- $500,000 in total monetary awards
The students continue to be adjudicated during their performance at YoungArts Week by our esteemed National Panel. These Panelists then select the award level each student receives. There is $500,000 in total monetary awards and up to $10,000 monetary awards for individual winners. In addition to receiving monetary awards, all YoungArts Winners join the ranks of 16,000 YoungArts alumni.