National YoungArts Foundation Sunset Soirée

Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded
— Jess Lair
With Stacey Glassman Mizener, Vice President of Development, National YoungArts Foundation

With Stacey Glassman Mizener, Vice President of Development, National YoungArts Foundation

Pursuing a career in the arts requires courage, determination and, often times, most valuable…support and confidence from those who believe in you.  This is the premise behind the National YoungArts Foundation – to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design, and performing arts, and to support these students’ dreams through programs and benefits.

Guests mingling on the terrace of Royce Hall

Guests mingling on the terrace of Royce Hall

Board Chair, Sarah Arison, greeting guests

Board Chair, Sarah Arison, greeting guests

Attending the National YoungArts Foundation Sunset Soirée on the beautiful campus of UCLA, I was able to witness this firsthand.  Just walking through the campus grounds heading to the event, I could feel the energy of the students, and it quickly brought back all of the same feelings of excitement, anticipation, and hope for the future that I had when I was a student. The energy carried through to the event where a community of attendees passionate about fueling an infrastructure of culture mingled against a warm setting sun outside of Royce Hall. Cocktail chatter buzzed in anticipation of the not-to-be-missed student performance. Spoiler alert…it truly was worth all of the hype!

First, we heard from Sarah Arison, YoungArts’ new Board Chair and a passionate supporter of the arts. Sarah ‘s grandparents founded the organization in 1981, instilling in her at an early age a passion for the arts. Sarah is committed to cultural institutions that increase access to arts education, support aspiring, and emerging artists and encourage world-class artistry.

Following cocktails, guests were ushered inside Royce Hall where we were presented with a brilliant ensemble of jazz, dance, singing, and more from all of the winners of this year’s competition.  Each performance provoked true emotion from the audience, and I was simply blown away by each and every one. The striking tap dancing duo at the end closed the show with roaring applause and a standing ovation.  After watching these young artists perform, I’m positive we just witnessed some of the nation’s next generation of famous Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award winners.

To learn more and/or get involved with the National YoungArts Foundation, please visit: https://www.youngarts.org @youngarts

Performance by this year’s YoungArts winners

Performance by this year’s YoungArts winners

About the National YoungArts Foundation

The National YoungArts Foundation was founded in 1981, with the mission of ensuring that the artists of tomorrow receive the support and validation they need today.  The organization has become one of the most respected artistic competitions nationwide for artists ages 15-18 years old or in grades 10-12. YoungArts has grown into a multidisciplinary arts organization with programming in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C., that aims to nurture young artists in their pursuit of careers in the arts, providing a space and resource for collaboration, networking, teaching, creation, and risk taking.