The National YoungArts Foundation

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“It’s really hard to be a professional artist if you just like to make your art as a hobby. You should probably be behind it 100% if you’re looking to [make a living off of it].” David Lai of Park Avenue Artists



The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.




On Wednesday Nov 15Th, the YOUNG ARTS foundation honored and celebrated their Alumnus:






YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support. YoungArts winners at each award level (Merit, Honorable Mention, Finalist) become a part of our alumni family of 20,000+ members.

YoungArts winners represent a dynamic group of artists including actors Viola Davis and Kerry Washington; Academy Award winning screenwriter and director John Ridley; Tony Award winner Billy Porter; president and chief executive officer of the Music Center in Los Angeles Rachel Moore; recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; musicians Terence Blanchard and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; writers Jenny 8 Lee and Sam Lipsyte; internationally acclaimed artists Doug Aitken and Daniel Arsham, and many more.

YoungArts alumni are:

  • Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winners and nominees
  • Dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the New York City Ballet
  • Musicians in the Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic Orchestras
  • The New York Times bestselling authors
  • Artists who exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art
  • Filmmakers who present at Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival




“The first and most important thing is to know how you would like to project yourself into this world. Not to say you have to have it all figured out, but you have to know where you want to be tomorrow.” Nicole Borrelli Hearn


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