National #YoungArts Foundation Crosses Country

National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts)President and CEO Carolina García Jayaram announces details for the organization’s 2018 regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York. Spanning the country,YoungArts regional programs are modeled after National YoungArts Week, the organization’s signature program held annually in Miami. This year, 757 YoungArts winners—extraordinarily talented aspiring artists ages 15–18 or grades 10–12—from 47 states will have the opportunity to participate in classes led by master teachers such as Inna Faliks (1996 Winner in Classical Music), Marina Lomazov, Roger Bonair-Agard, Patricia Engel, Kimberly Browning, and more. Winners will participate in interdisciplinary workshops, professional development seminars and present their work to the public through performances, exhibitions and readings at world-class arts institutions in each city.
YoungArts regional programs provide a platform for participants to connect, collaborate and learn from their peers. Regional programs are open to winners from all award levels—Finalist, Honorable Mention and Merit—and will take place in Miami, Los Angeles and New York in February, March and April, respectively.

YoungArts Miami | February 20–25, 2018
At Miami Theater Center, the public will have the opportunity to experience a dance, theater and voice performance on Saturday, February 24, directed by Caleb Teicher(2011 Winner in Dance) in collaboration with  Michael Benjamin Washington (1997 Winner in Theater & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Macey Sullivan and India Carney (2011 Winner in Voice and Theater & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts); and on Sunday, February 25, a classical music concert directed by Dave Eggar (1987 Winner in Classical Music & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) in collaboration with composer Chuck Palmer and international performer, choreographer and educator Andrew Nemr (1997 Winner in Dance). On Friday, February 23, the public is invited to the YoungArts campus for a film screening, jazz performance and writers’ readings, along with the opening of a design, photography and visual arts exhibition curated byRosie Gordon Wallace, on view until April 27.
YoungArts Miami participants will also have the opportunity to learn from visual artistsLoni Johnson and Robert Chambers, jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen (2009 Winner in Jazz), author and award-winning journalist Joan Morgan (who will also teach in Los Angeles and New York) and cinematographer Rick Delgado (1992 Winner in Cinematic Arts).
YoungArts Los Angeles | March 24–29, 2018
Presented in partnership with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, this year’s Los Angeles public offerings will include a jazz instrumental performance and writers’ readings on Monday, March 26; a classical music performance on Tuesday, March 27, directed by violinist Lina Bahn; and a multidisciplinary performance directed by master teacher and musical director Christian Hebel on Wednesday, March 28. On Sunday, March 25, a design, photography and visual arts exhibition curated by Jamillah James will open and remain on view until April 14 at Building Bridges.

YoungArts Los Angeles participants will also have the opportunity to learn from Academy Award-winning cinematographer Doug Blush (1984 Winner in Cinematic Arts), visual artist Mariah Garnett, Lucie Foundation Executive Director Cat Jimenezand distinguished jazz musician Dr. Ron McCurdy.

YoungArts New York | April 24–29, 2018
On the heels of the YoungArts New York Gala on Wednesday, April 18, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the regional program in New York City will kick off in partnership with Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC).  On Saturday, April 28, a dance, jazz, theater and voice performance directed by YoungArts alumnus and Tony Award-winning musical director
Michael Arden (2001 Winner in Theater & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) will be presented at BAC’s Jerome Robbins Theater, followed by a classical music performance led by acclaimed cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and writers’ readings on Sunday, April 29. A design, photography and visual arts exhibition will also be presented. Details to follow.  

YoungArts New York participants will also have the opportunity to learn from acclaimed visual artist Derrick Adams, jazz musician Adam Larson (2009 Winner in Jazz), photographer Lydia Bittner-Baird and screenwriter Shari Carpenter.  
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