The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. Through a wide range of annual programs, regular performances, and partnerships with some of the nation's leading cultural institutions, YoungArts aspires to create a strong community of alumni and a platform for a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.
YoungArts' signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15 to 18 or in grades 10 through 12 from across the United States. Selected from a pool of more than 11,000 applications, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation's leading cultural institutions.
By participating in the YoungArts program, these young artists also have the chance to be named U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. YoungArts 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.