YoungArts Performance and Gala

Benefits National YoungArts Foundation

YoungArts founder Lin Arison with Paul Lehr and Robert Lynch

National YoungArts Foundation will host its annual YoungArts Performance and Gala on Saturday, January 11, 2014. The celebratory evening will bring together prominent artists, community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities to recognize this year’s 2014 YoungArts Winners. The gala is YoungArts’ largest annual fundraiser and the culmination of YoungArts’ signature program YoungArts Week which will provide 171 of the nation’s most outstanding young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts with life-changing experiences, including master classes, workshops, inter-disciplinary activities, performances and exhibitions. YoungArts is pleased to announce this year’s event will be held on the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd) for the first time.

The evening will begin with Dinner and a Performance by YoungArts alumni including Grace Weber, Nia Drummond, Caleb Teicher and Colby Minifie and directed by renowned Tony Award-winner, dancer, choreographer and YoungArts Artistic Advisor, Bill T. Jones. Tony Award-winning actor and singer Brian Stokes Mitchell will serve as host and master of ceremonies, recognizing three select awardees for their invaluable commitment to the arts. The magical evening will conclude on the YoungArts Plaza under the stars with dancing, dessert and pop-up performances.

Bill T. Jones

For additional information, please contact Lena Koorse lkoorse@youngarts.org or 305.377.1140 extension 1301

About National YoungArts Foundation

Founded in 1981 by the late Ted Arison and his wife, Lin, YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). The organization’s mission is to identify the next generation of emerging artists in the performing, visual, and literary arts, to provide educational enrichment and assistance in their pursuit of the arts, and to raise the appreciation for and support of the arts in American society. At the request of The Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, NFAA serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country’s highest honor in the arts given to high school seniors.

The YoungArts program has honored over 16,000 young artists with more than $6 million in monetary awards and nearly $84 million in college scholarship opportunities.

Sarah Arison, Desmond Richardson, Marisa Tomei

Alumni include actresses Viola Davis, Kerry Washington and Vanessa Williams; four-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza; star of HBO’s Entourage Adrian Grenier; recording artists Josh Groban, Nicki Minaj and Chris Young; Executive Director of the American Ballet Theatre Rachel Moore; and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken.