National YoungArts Foundation Announces 2016 Program Details, Participating Mentors

In August of 2015, we alerted young artists to the fact that the National YoungArts Foundation was accepting applications for its its 2016 regional programs. Hopefully, anyone interested in cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, photography, theater, visual arts, writing, or spoken word got the memo. That's because the program provides participants with life-changing support, interdisciplinary workshops, seminars, and master classes with renowned leaders in their fields.

It's kind of a big deal and it seems to be getting even bigger. YoungArts just announced the details for their 2016 programs and we figured it's worth passing along. First off, 819 emerging artists, ages 15-18 (or grades 10-12), from 42 states were selected out of more than 12,000 applications—the largest number to date—for this round. This figure signifies a substantial acceptance increase over last year when YoungArts selected roughly 700 students.

As with last year, the program will take place in L.A., Miami, and New York this February, March, and April, respectively. But what's particularly cool about the YoungArts announcement is that we know what, specifically, participants can expect in each city.

For example, the Los Angeles program includes an exhibition curated by John Tain, jazz and writers readings directed by Bill Pierce, and performances directed by acclaimed choreographer John Heginbotham. Miami participants will enjoy an exhibition curated by Diana Nawi and performances directed by teacher and coach Jen Waldman to be presented at Colony Theatre and the YoungArts Campus. New York, meanwhile, will include performances at Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) directed by BAC's Artistic Director, the one and only Mikhail Baryshnikov, along with Pedja Muzijevic, BAC's Artistic Administrator, and the Grammy Award winning violinist Christian Hebel.

Not too shabby, especially when you consider that at the age of 16, most of IP's staff was hanging in the local movie theater parking lot listening to Mötley Crüe's Dr. Feelgood on cassette.

Click here for more details on the YoungArts program.

And speaking of Baryshnikov, check out somewhat related news, which finds the Merce Cunningham Trust awarding $250,000 to the Baryshnikov Arts Center.