YoungArts prepares to host its upcoming gala that honors young artistic talent.
Michelle May performing at the YoungArts Backyard Ball PHOTO: BY JASON KOERNER
Returning for its 41st anniversary, YoungArts prepares for the organization’s annual gala on Jan. 28. Held at the YoungArts Campus, guests can expect a night of stellar performances directed by Jacomo Bairos, a past YoungArts winner and co-founder and artistic director of Nu Deco Ensemble.
Sponsored by Prada, this signature event will honor the commitment and dedication to investing in artists’ lifelong creative freedom. Additional awards, including the Arison Award, which honors vital contributions and commitment to the arts, will also be distributed during the glamorous evening.
Mercedes Ferreira-Dias performs at the ball. BY JASON KOERNER
“Every year we are inspired anew by the talent, dedication and creativity of extraordinary early-career artists,” notes Rebekah Lengel, YoungArts deputy director. “YoungArts is proud to support artists at critical junctures throughout their lives, and we look forward to providing community and professional and creative development opportunities that will empower the 2023 award winners as they embark on exciting careers in the arts.”
Steven Marks, Rich Kohan, Glenda Pedroso, Natalie Digg ins, Danielle Garno and Hampton Carney BY GETTY IMAGES
Established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison, YoungArts identifies exceptional young artists and helps amplify their potential while working to invest in these artists’ creative freedom. Striving to help the world embrace artists as part of our humanity, YoungArts provides the funding, space, mentorship and professional development for artists’ careers, recognizing talents between the ages of 15 and 18 in grades 10 through 12 and supporting the artists for life. All award winners of the annual YoungArts national competition receive mentorship and financial awards. 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, youngarts.org