The National YoungArts Foundation

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If you are a talented youth between the ages 15-18, or in grades 10-12, this post is for you! I’d like to bring the National YoungArts Foundation to your attention. According to its own website, The National YoungArts Foundation “is the only national organization that recognizes and honors emerging talent in ten disciplines of the visual, literary and performing arts.” These ten disciplines are listed as: cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, voice, writing, theater, and visual arts.

What does YoungArts provide for young talent? It provides the opportunity to study with renowned mentors,  to receive national recognition, to receive scholarships and more! To date, the YoungArts foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) has provided for over 6 million dollars in grants and has facilitated over 100 million dollars in scholarships. And for those of you who are multi-talented, take note that you can apply in more than one discipline.

The application fee is 35 dollars, but don’t let that stop you, as help is provided for those who may not be able to afford the application fee. At the time of this post, in 2013, applications are being accepted June 1 – October 18 of this year. You may fill out an online application form and submit your materials later.  All applicants are judged by an independent panel of judges in a blind adjudication.

If that’s not enough, here are a few more reasons to apply…

Visit the official website for application information and more:  http://www.youngarts.org

Also, be sure to check out this article about Hannah Zazzaro, a talented young lady who experienced YoungArts first hand. She was chosen to attend a master class with Bobby McFerrin. Click here!


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