2020 YoungArts Miami Performances: Dance, Jazz, Theater and Voice Performance
Directed by Darren Biggart, Torya Beard and Ayodele Casel with Jazz Direction by Emmet Cohen.Concerts & Performances, Events of the Week
The region’s most accomplished young dancers, jazz musicians, actors, singers and songwriters come to Miami for a special one-night-only performance.
2020 YoungArts Miami program will take place from February 25–March 1 and will offer 80 of this year’s YoungArts Winners—representing some of the region’s most accomplished young artists from 12 States—life-changing opportunities to learn, connect and collaborate with their peers and renowned artists in the visual, literary and performing arts. YoungArts Miami is part of a series of regional programs, including also Los Angeles and New York that are modeled after the organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week. The programs provide unparalleled artistic development opportunities, including interdisciplinary workshops, public performances and master classes with creative leaders such as actor Brandon Victor Dixon (1999 YoungArts Winner in Theater), visual artists Loni Johnson and Robert Chambers, architect Chat Travieso (2003 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), film producer Mary Anne Marino and cinematographer Rick Delgado (1992 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts). Events open to the public begin on Thursday, February 27 with a Design, Photography and Visual Arts exhibition opening, and Film Screenings at the YoungArts Campus. The exhibition will be curated by Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié. A Classical Music concert and Writers’ Readings, directed by Nu Deco co-founder Jacomo Bairos (1994 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music) and award-winning author Dr. Joan Morgan, will take place on Friday, February 28 at The Light Box at the Goldman Warehouse. At Miami Theater Center (MTC), YoungArts will present a multidisciplinary performance, including winners in Dance, Jazz, Theater and Voice, directed by Darren Biggart, Ayodele Cassel and Tonya Beard, with Jazz direction by Emmet Cohen (2009 YoungArts Winner in Jazz).
About National YoungArts Foundation
National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts identifies the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts, and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. Entrance into this prestigious organization starts with a highly competitive application process for talented artists ages 15–18, or grades 10-12, in the United States, that is judged by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. In their first year, YoungArts winners, who represent the top 10% of applicants, receive valuable financial awards of up to $10,000; presentation opportunities at renowned institutions; and the chance to learn from notable artists and mentors such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Mickalene Thomas in intimate settings.
YoungArts winners are further eligible for exclusive opportunities including: nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students; a wide range of fellowships, residencies and awards; presentation opportunities at major venues nationwide; additional financial support; and access to YoungArts Post, a free, private digital network for YoungArts artists to connect, collaborate and learn about additional opportunities. YoungArts alumni include accomplished leaders in their fields such as Daniel Arsham, Terence Blanchard, Camille A. Brown, Viola Davis, Allegra Goodman, Josh Groban, Judith Hill, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Andrew Rannells, Desmond Richardson and Hunter Schafer.
About YoungArts Regional Programs
Modeled after National YoungArts Week, regional programs offer life-changing experiences, guidance and support to winners nationwide through interdisciplinary workshops, seminars and master classes with renowned leaders in their fields. Regional programs are open to winners from all award levels—Finalist, Honorable Mention and Merit—and take place in Miami, Los Angeles and New York, with opportunities to engage with local audiences in their communities.