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A New Mainland
YoungArts Week 2014 unites an artistic Miami
 

Facundo and Elizabeth Bacardi at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


Marile Lopez, Jorge Luis Lopez and Mayda Cisneros at the YoungArts Backyard Ball

Photos by Manny Hernandez
Words by Aaron Glickman


Debbie Allen in a stained glass jewel box choreographing a new generation of young talent;

Rosie Perez educating high school actors on the tricks of the trade;

Rita Moreno, ageless at 83, sitting center stage with the Kennedy Center’s Michael Kaiser, telling stories from the Golden Age of cinema - stories of racial imbalance, stories of trial by fire, stories of triumph;

A late night jazz combo featuring guest artist Nicole Yarling in a Frank Gehry designed, 7th floor salon that hosted Wynton Marsalis just three weeks prior.

“It’s pure in its mission,” said a YoungArts patron as she overlooked the photography exhibition in the newly designed, two story gallery space on the YoungArts campus.

Another patron answered, “Yes, and its purity emanates from the top down.”

James Rosenquist, Zaha Hadid, Shelly Berg and a host of other “masters” mentoring eager and idealistic high school artists who are flown in from cities near and far, small and large, to experience a magical week of creative enlightenment that they will covet like badges of honor affirming their talent and justifying their belief that they are indeed artists.

This was YoungArts Week 2014.

In what used to be the Bacardi Building, the new YoungArts Campus is poised to become a defining element of arts education in America; and what the New World Center has done for Miami Beach, the YoungArts campus will do for the Biscayne Corridor.

The Saturday Night gala was an expression of this potential as stars from stage and screen, art and design, writing and dance converged with the social stars of Miami in a massive transitory structure erected on the YoungArts campus to celebrate an evolution more than 30 years in the making and a future as bright as the full moon over a glistening Biscayne Bay.

And following a riveting performance featuring YoungArts alumni, the gala crowd joined the ongoing after party on the campus’ plaza to create an eclectic mix that represents a new mainland Miami – a Miami that has come so very far, and yet still has so much further to go.


Debbie Allen Master Class at the Jewel Box at the YoungArts Campus

Constance Margulies, James Rosenquist, Mimi Thompson and Martin Margulies at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


Paul Lehr and Emilio Estefan at the YoungArts Backyard Ball

Sarah Arison at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


Legendary artist James Rosenquist leaving after his Master Class at the YoungArts Campus

Charlie Cinnamon, Stephanie Ansin, Toby Ansin and Sandy Evans at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


Tui Pranich and Adrienne Arsht at the YoungArts Backyard Ball

Sam Robin and Iran Issa Khan at the YoungArts Backyard Ball

Michele Oka Doner and Darlene Perez at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


Rosie Perez YoungArts Master Class at the Marriot Biscayne Bay


Alan and Diane Lieberman with Howard Herring and Irene Hegedus at the YoungArts Backyard Ball

Carolyn Travis, Martin Rosenblum and Linda Schejoln at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


Jon and Nancy Batchelor at the YoungArts Backyard Ball

Adrienne bon Haes and Marvin Ross Friedman at the YoungArts Backyard Ball

Rita Moreno and Rosie Perez all smiles at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


Andrew Rannells receives the Alumni award

Javon Jackson and Harolyn Blackwell at the YoungArts Backyard Ball

Bill T. Jones at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid at the YoungArts Backyard Ball

Robert Barlick and Ana-Marie Codina Barlick at the YoungArts Backyard Ball

Jeannine Lehr with daughter and Lisa Leone at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


John and Lynne Richard at the YoungArts Backyard Ball

Kelly Castle performs at YoungArts Backyard Ball

Carl & Toni Randolph at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


Alexander Mijares and Felicia Marquez at the YoungArts After Hours Plaza Party

Ana Viyella and Natalia Useche at the YoungArts After Hours Plaza Party

Rudy and Betsy Perez at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


Andrew Rannells with student after his talk at YoungArts 2014

Gregory & Iliana Irizarry at the YoungArts Backyard Ball


Carla Scemama with daughter and Design Finalist Elisa Scemama at the YoungArts After Hours Plaza Party

Britanny Lopez, Michael Margulies, Erin Newberg at the YoungArts After Hours Plaza Party

Stephanie Zilo and Molly Stubstad at the YoungArts After Hours Plaza Party

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