Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Annabelle is a YoungArts Finalist


My daughter, Annabelle, has been selected as one of 150 national finalists in the YoungArts competition. From Wikipedia, here is some info on the prestigious contest.

YoungArts is a talent-based scholarship program which honors and awards high school and college students, mostly American, for their prowess in the performingvisual and literary arts. The program is considered by many to be the most prestigious arts competition for young adults; it is also the exclusive nominating organization for the Presidential Scholars of the Arts. The foundation is headquartered in Miami,Florida.

Awards
Students chosen as National Finalists are invited to attend YoungArts Week in MiamiFlorida, all expenses paid, usually during the second week of January. YoungArts Week provides the Finalists with a series of master classes, showcase performances, exhibitions, readings, interviews, interdisciplinary activities, enrichment programs, and final, live auditions which determine their award level. Each National Finalist is placed in one of six levels of excellence with a corresponding cash award.
  • Gold Award: $10,000
  • Silver Award: $5,000
  • Level I Award: $3,000
  • Level II Award: $1,500
  • Level III Award: $1,000
The approximately 20-40 students chosen as Gold and Silver award winners participate in a second YoungArts Week in late spring. Held in New York, the week culminates in several performances of an interdisciplinary show.
YoungArts finalists are able to work with notable master teachers as part of both YoungArts Weeks. Past master teachers have included Edward AlbeeLiv UllmannFrank Gehry,Placido DomingoVanessa WilliamsRaul Esparza, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. On the YoungArts website, here are a few more master teachers.

Presidential Scholars
Since 1982, YoungArts has also been the exclusive nominating organization for the selection of Presidential Scholars in the Arts to the Presidential Scholars Program, governed by the Commission on Presidential Scholars. Up to sixty YoungArts Week National Finalists are nominated to the Commission after YoungArts Week. These nominees submit additional candidacy materials to the Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission selects twenty YoungArts winners as the Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
The YoungArts Scholars in the Arts join 121 other Scholars chosen for academic excellence and receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC in June. There, they are honored by the President in a White House ceremony. The Scholars in the performing arts are featured in the Salute to the Presidential Scholars at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The works of the Scholars in the visual and literary arts are exhibited at a national gallery for the month of June, and this year the event will take place at the Smithsonian.

Other Perks
YoungArts also produces a production highlighting its Silver and Gold award winners in New York City each spring. 
A documentary television series entitled Masterclass, in which program alumni are teamed with famous mentors, is in its second season on HBO. Part of the Miami experience will be filmed for this show.

Past Winners
In the past 31 years, YoungArts has honored more than 15,000 artists with $6.4 million in cash awards.
Notable YoungArts award winners include:

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