The Miami-based National YoungArts Foundation has chosen its 2016 winners from a pool of more than 12,000 applicants. The 819 young artists from 42 states include finalists, honorable mention and merit winners, and their fields include literature, visual arts, design and performing arts.
The 165 finalists will participate in the 35th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami, working with such mentors as playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, hip-hop writer Joan Morgan, Sarah Lamb of the Royal Ballet of London, visual artist Jose Parla and Oscar-winning filmmaker Doug Blush. The finalists will be eligible for awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, and they’ll participate in performances or screenings at Miami Beach’s New World Center; an art, design and photography exhibition at the YoungArts Gallery; or readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box.
Twenty-six of the finalists are from South Florida. In the design category, Diana Eusebio, Alexis Lehrman and Nadia Wolff of Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) and Nicholas Garcia of Doral Academy Charter High School are finalists. Anthony Hervey of Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard High is a finalist in jazz. David Baptiste of DASH is a photography finalist. In theater, Nick Aquilino of American Heritage in Boca Raton/Delray Beach, and Katerina McCrimmon and Khandis Merritt of Miami’s New World School of the Arts are finalists. Fourteen South Florida students are visual arts finalists: Stephanie Aguayo, Hanna Ali, David Baptiste, Juan Cardona, Cassidy Little, Cornelius Tulloch and Nadia Wolff of DASH; Leonardo Bacan and Giselle Beltran of New World; Serena August, Tyler Brunner, Marlena Fleck and Christien Vargas of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach; and Glenn Espinosa of Miami’s G. Holmes Braddock High. Voice finalists are Justine Garcia and Andrew Hicks II of New World, and William Gordon of Norland High is a spoken word writing finalist.
For information, visit www.youngarts.org/yaw.