An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala

Benefits YoungArts

Lin Arison, Alberto & Susana Ibarguen

Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 6 p.m.
Gusman Center for Performing Arts and the Alfred I. DuPont Building
174 East Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundatrion for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). It is the signature program that recognizes and supports America’s most talented 17 and 18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts. The mission of YoungArts is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development, and to raise the appreciation for and support of the arts in American society.

Each year, during a week in January, Miami hosts 150 of the nation’s best and brightest young artists during YoungArts Week. All around the city, the 2011 YoungArts awardees will take master classes, bond with their peers and then take leave as another shining star in Miami’s art world.

Sarah Arison, Desmond Richardson, Adrainne Bon Haes & Marvin Ross Friedman

The week culminates with the annual An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala, which showcases the young artists’ achievements and gives them the opportunity to be recognized by an appreciative audience. The Gala is also a critical fundraiser for YoungArts, spotlighting

Miami’s role in the organization’s continued success for 30 years.

The evening will begin at the Gusman Center for Performing Arts where a select group of YoungArts alumni will perform. Honors will be awarded to Bill T. Jones, the 2011 Arison Award recipient, and Adrienne Arsht and Michael M. Kaiser, the 2011 YoungArts Leadership Awards recipients.

After the performances guests will follow the red carpet across Flagler Street for dinner and dancing in the historic Alfred I. Dupont Building. The awardees will join guests during the evening’s festivities in celebration of 30 years of discovering excellence in the arts.

Gala Chairs are Marian E. Davis and David R. Parker and Sandra and Stephen Muss. Tickets range from $650.00 to $1,000.00 and tables range from $6,500 to $50,000. Call or email for more information: 305-377-1140, or

Christina DePaul and Mikhail Baryshnikov

About YoungARTS

YoungArts is the signature national organization that recognizes and supports America’s most talented 17-18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts. YoungArts is the sole nominating agency for Presidential Scholars in the Arts. The foundation provides emerging artists with financial support and life changing experiences with internationally renowned artists. YoungArts alumni go on to become leading professionals in their fields. Alumni include Emmy nominated actress Vanessa Williams, three-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza, Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove and National Book Award Novelist Allegra Goodman.

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