Signature National YoungArts Week Program

Performances, Readings and Exhibitions - January 4 – 9


This landmark 35th National YoungArts Week, approximately 170 YoungArts Finalists selected from a record 12,000+ applications will participate in an intensive program of master classes and workshops with internationally renowned artists including MacArthur Genius Tarell McCraney, The Royal Ballet of London’s Sara Lamb, celebrated contemporary visual artist Mickalene Thomas and Academy Award winning filmmaker Doug Blush, to name a few.

Placido masterclass

Frank Gehry, Sheena Klimoski, Cat Garcia-Menocal

Bruce Weber

Wynton Marsalis
“For 35 years, YoungArts has been offering emerging artists the support and encouragement they need to follow their dreams of becoming professional artists. During this time, we have developed a strong alumni network of more than 20,000 artists, many of whom value the encouragement they received at a young age so much so that they are now paying-it-forward as YoungArts master teachers,” stated Lisa Leone, Vice President of Artistic Programs for YoungArts.

Representing the nation’s most promising artists in 10 disciplines, performing arts Finalists will share their talents with the public from January 4 – 7 at the New World Center. On Thursday, January 7, a special late-night jazz set will also take place at El Tucan—Miami’s newest addition to the live music scene. The focus returns to the YoungArts Campus on January 8 for writers’ readings at the Jewel Box and a vernissage of works by the visual arts, photography and design finalists in the YoungArts Gallery, before punctuating YoungArts Week on Saturday, January 9, with master classes by 2016 Arison Award Recipients, Rosie Perez, Robert Wilson and Tony Yazbeck, and the annual Backyard Ball gala and after-party.

National YoungArts Week 2016 Schedule

Monday, January 4
8:00 p.m. – Classical, Jazz & Pop Voice & Singer/Songwriter Performance
New World Center, Main Hall

Tuesday, January 5
8:00 p.m. – Theater & Jazz Instrumental Performance
New World Center, Main Hall

Wednesday, January 6
8:00 p.m. – Dance Performance & Cinematic Arts Screenings
New World Center, Main Hall

Thursday, January 7
8:30 p.m. – Classical Music Concert
New World Center, Main Hall
11:00 p.m. – Jazz Combo El Tucan

Friday, January 8
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Writers’ Readings
YoungArts Jewel Box, 3rd Floor
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Visual Arts, Photography and Design Exhibition
YoungArts Gallery, 1st & 2nd Floors

Saturday, January 9
6:30 p.m. – YoungArts Backyard Ball
10:00 p.m. – YoungArts Backyard Bash
YoungArts Campus

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