National YoungArts Foundation hosts 80 young artists from around nation

National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) recently hosted 80 of the most accomplished young artists, ages 15-18, from 12 states, including Florida, Texas and Virginia, for YoungArts Miami 2020. The intensive program provided an opportunity for the artists to learn, connect and collaborate with their peers and renowned artists in the visual, literary and performing arts.

YoungArts Miami is part of a series of regional programs, including also Los Angeles and New York that are modeled after the organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week. The programs provide unparalleled artistic development opportunities, including interdisciplinary workshops, public performances and master classes.

This year’s master artists included actors Brandon Victor Dixon (1999 YoungArts winner in Theater) and Lamman Rucker (1989 YoungArts winner in Theater), visual artists Loni Johnson and Robert Chambers, architect Chat Travieso (2003 YoungArts winner in Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), film producer Mary Anne Marino and cinematographer Rick Delgado (1992 YoungArts winner in Visual Arts) and singer Betty Wright.

The exhibition featuring works by YoungArts Winners in Design Arts, Photography and Visual Arts — curated by renowned Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié — will remain on view through May 1 in the YoungArts Gallery.

Performances for YoungArts Miami 2020 included film screenings on the YoungArts Plaza and a classical music concert and writers’ readings at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, directed by YoungArts alumnus and Nu Deco co-founder Jacomo Bairos (1994 YoungArts winner in Classical Music) and award-winning author Dr. Joan Morgan.

A sold-out and highly anticipated dance, jazz, theater and voice multidisciplinary performance directed by Darren Biggart, Ayodele Cassel and Tonya Beard, with Jazz direction by Emmet Cohen (2009 YoungArts winner in Jazz), brought the week to an end with a crescendo.

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