YOUNGARTS’ MASTERCLASS featured nine artistic masters working with winners of the YoungArts program. The series debuted on HBO in April 2010 and was Emmy-nominated in its first season. Season 2 premiered with Grammy® winning soprano Renée Fleming, and continues beginning in February 2013 with Robert Redford, John Guare, Bobby McFerrin, Patti LuPone, Bruce Weber, Joshua Bell, Wynton Marsalis, and Billy Joel, among others.
The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. To date, YoungArts has honored more than 16,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards, and facilitated more than $100 million in college scholarship opportunities. YoungArts alumni go on to become leading professionals in their fields, and include actresses Vanessa Williams, Viola Davis, and Kerry Washington; four-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza; Executive Director of American Ballet Theatre Rachel Moore; recording artists Nicki Minaj and Chris Young; musicians Terence Blanchard, Eric Owens, and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken.
Pursuing Your Passion: Lessons from YOUNGARTS’ MASTERCLASS offers educators opportunities to integrate the arts into classroom instruction and develop and strengthen the skills that will help them succeed in school—and in life.