National YoungArts Foundation Kicks Off Regional Programs in Los Angeles, Miami and New York

Approximately 280 Emerging Artists Participate in Master Classes and Public Performances

Los Angeles: February 16 - 21

Miami: March 8 - 13

New York: April 12 - 17

Feb 16, 2016, 10:08 ET from National YoungArts Foundation

MIAMI, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) kicks off its 2016 regional programs beginning in Los Angeles, and followed by Miami and New York this March and April, respectively. Modeled after the organization's signature program National YoungArts Week, YoungArts regional programs offer transformative experiences to YoungArts Winners from all award levels through interdisciplinary workshops, seminars and master classes with renown artists such as Debbie Allen, Vijay Gupta, Joan Scheckel and Franklin Sirmans; opportunities to connect, collaborate and learn from peers and distinguished YoungArts alumni; and public performances, exhibitions and readings at world-class arts institutions in each area. This year, 819 emerging artists from 42 states were selected as YoungArts Winners for their outstanding accomplishments across the literary, visual, design and performing arts from more than 12,000 applications—the largest number to date.

This week in Los Angeles, an exhibition curated by John Tain; jazz and writers readings directed by Bill Pierce; and performances directed by choreographer John Heginbotham and composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, will take place at Los Angeles Theatre Center. During March 8 to 13 in Miami, an exhibition curated by Diana Nawi and performances directed by revered teachers Jen Waldman (1993 Winner in Theater) and Yara Travieso (2005 Winner in Dance) will be presented at Colony Theatre and the YoungArts Campus. During April 12 to 17 in New York, performances at Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) will be directed by BAC's Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov, with Artistic Administrator Pedja Muzijevic and violinist Christian Hebel.

The regional programs schedule can be found at

Tickets for YoungArts Los Angeles performances are on sale at    

About the National YoungArts Foundation
The National YoungArts Foundation was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison 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 – 18 or in grades 10 – 12 from across the United States. Selected from a pool of more than 11,000 applications, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards, professional and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at leading cultural institutions.

Media Contacts:
Dejha Carrington, National YoungArts Foundation / 305-377-1140

Julia An, Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors / 212-715-1694

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