YoungArts Applications Now Open for Artists Ages 15–18

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) is now accepting applications for the 2018 YoungArts Winner. Artists may apply to any of YoungArts' 10 disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, classical music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing. YoungArts Winners are selected annually through a blind adjudication process and recognized at the finalist, honorable mention or merit level.

Nicholas 'Kade' Cummings (2017 YoungArts Winner in Dance/Modern) rehearsing during National YoungArts Week

YoungArts' president and CEO Carolina García Jayaram said, “Supporting and encouraging young artists to believe in themselves and share their point of view has never been so important. We hope that young artists across the country will apply to our 2018 program, and look forward to getting to know the next generation of creative visionaries and supporting them at critical junctures in their careers."

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 15 and 18 (as of December 1, 2017)
  • Or in high school grades 10–12, either as a United States citizen or a permanent resident
  • And must demonstrate excellence in the visual, literary, design or performing arts.

The application deadline is October 13, 2017, at 11:59pm EST.

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Photo by Katherine Bollens, courtesy of National YoungArts Foundation

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