This week from January 9th-13th is the annual YoungArts Week 2012 here in Miami. The most advanced 150 senior high school talents from across the country join together to learn, exhibit & perform here in South Florida in hopes to advance their future passion & futures with a career in the Arts.
There are over 7000 applications each year to get to that 150 few that are selected to attend to learn from "Masters" across the World. The elite professional panel carefully selects each one of the applications to get to the finalist. The panel then continues to evaluate the finalist throughout the week's performances & exhibitions. "There is a total of over $500,000 in monetary awards of which a finalist may possibly receive as much as $10,000 in monetary awards" per the information the foundation has stated in their web postings. No matter the result of the award just to have been selected is an extreme honor.
The YoungArts Foundation was founded in 1981 along with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) by the late Mr. Ted Arinson of Carnival Cruise Lines & his surviving wife Lin. The Foundation is a direct link to the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts & each year 60 nominees are selected from the 150 finalists & 20 of those are selected by White House appointed Commission to be the PSA recipients. The YoungArts program, YoungArts Week & the NFAA are "the exclusive nominating agency" and path to the Presidential Scholars Award. This "is of course a once in a Lifetime event of which they are able attend a ceremony at the White House, to exhibit their works in the Smithsonian Museum, &/or perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts".
We are fortunate to have many programs that advance students in the Arts here in Miami, Florida. Two of such schools are New World School of the Arts & Design & Architecture Senior High.
It is a wonderful & magic week watching students come to "gift" us with their outstanding talent & what they have worked their hearts & soul towards that has developed their passions.