YoungArts is the core program of the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts). The organization's mission is to identify emerging artists, provide educational enrichment and assistance in their pursuit of the arts, and to raise the appreciation for and support of the arts in American society.
Dedicated to inspiring and nurturing young artists, YoungArts was founded in 1981. YoungArts is committed to identifying the next generation of emerging artists and reaches students in every state and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of thousands of gifted artists in nine disciplines in the performing, literary and visual arts.
Through this annual nationwide adjudication process, YoungArts annually awards up to $500,000 in monetary awards and makes available $3 million in scholarship opportunities to America's most outstanding high school senior-age artists through its Scholarship List Service (SLS). The top 150 YoungArts applicants are invited to YoungArts Weeka full schedule of performances, master classes, exhibitions, readings, and interdisciplinary and enrichment activities. Over the last 28 years YoungArts has honored over 16,000 young artists.
By participating in YoungArts Week, these artists also have the chance to be named U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. YoungArts exclusively, and at the request of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, nominates up to 60 YoungArts awardees each year for the Commission's consideration in selecting up to 20 to be named U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
YoungArts is a publicly supported nonprofit, non-governmental 501(c)(3) organization with headquarters in Miami. Corporations, foundations, individuals, and public agencies support the YoungArts program and operating costs through contributions and underwriting.