On Saturday, October 25, the National YoungArts Foundation hosted “Outside the Box,” the first of a series of free performances by YoungArts alumni. Grammy award-nominated musician Dave Eggar, joined by dancers, Michele de la Reza, Ernest Baker, Andrew Nemr, Brittanie Brown and Allysen Hooks, and musicians Kate Davis and Jake Goldbas, treated 450 attendees to an improvisational show and preview of their Festival Miami performance (October 26).
“The National YoungArts Foundation is excited to bring one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary, live performances by our talented alumni to the neighborhood with Outside the Box, thanks to the support from ArtPlace America,” said Vanessa Leitman, Vice President of External Relations & Communication at YoungArts. “This new series furthers our mission to make the arts accessible to people of all ages and to inspire young, aspiring artists in our community.”
Upcoming Outside the Box events include the Borscht Film Festival on December 19 and a performance by Tarell McCraney, alumnus of the Miami City Ballet and YoungArts, on January 30, 2015.
Outside the Box is one of YoungArts’ initiatives to engage the public in the arts and inspire new artists. It is supported by a grant from ArtPlace America, a national collective of several philanthropic companies. ArtPlace America awards grants to organizations that use the arts and culture to “shape social, physical and economic futures.”
The National YoungArts Foundation is dedicated to identifying the next generation’s artists and fostering their development. Through this work, YoungArts aims to increase the nation’s appreciation for the visual, design, literary and performing arts.
Since its founding in 1981, YoungArts has continued to provide emerging artists with mentorships, national recognition, opportunities to work with master teachers and access to scholarships. Each year, approximately 11,000 artists ages 15-18 apply to the YoungArts Foundation, with an estimated 700 students selected. The organization has over 20,000 alumni, including Kerry Washington, Josh Groban, Doug Aitken and Desmond Richardson.