Throughout its 36-year history, the Miami-based National YoungArts Foundation has honored and supported young artists across a spectrum of creative disciplines. Similarly, Italian fashion house Max Mara, in business going on 67 years, also has been a longtime champion of the arts.
The two organizations teamed up in 2016 to present an annual Max Mara Young Visionary Award to an exceptional YoungArts winner, who receives a $10,000 prize.
“As a company, we always want to be involved when it comes to education and art,” said Maria Giulia Maramotti, Max Mara’s Director of Retail for North America and the granddaughter of Max Mara founder Achille Maramotti. “YoungArts represents both in such a deep and organic way.”
Young Visionary winners are wildly talented
Javon Jones was a high school senior in Detroit last year when he was named a YoungArts Winner in Dance and the first recipient of the Max Mara Young Visionary Award. He now attends The Juilliard School on a full scholarship.
The 2017 award went to Torrance Hall, 18, from Glenn Falls, Virginia, who has begun his studies as a photography major at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. A YoungArts Winner in Photography, Hall explores themes of masculinity and maturity in his self-portrait work.
“A lot of my work is about me growing up, and my coming-of-age story,” he said.
Hall was one of 691 prestigious YoungArts Winners this year, and one of only 167 elite YoungArts Finalists. Maramotti personally helps select a Young Visionary winner. The 2018 Young Visionary Award will be announced following the 37th annual National YoungArts Week in January. Eligible artists can apply until October 13 at youngarts.org.
YoungArts and Max Mara create together
“It’s important to create opportunities for future artists so they can affirm themselves and explore their talents,” said Maramotti, an avid art collector. “It is building, brick by brick, the future of art.”
Maramotti’s involvement with YoungArts started in 2015 – the year Max Mara opened its doors in Miami’s Design District. Since then, the fashion company has been the presenting sponsor of YoungArts’ Backyard Ball, an annual gala and performance fundraiser that has brought in almost $5 million over the past three years for the nonprofit.
“When YoungArts partners with a company like Max Mara, the level that we offer back is like no other,” said Stacey Glassman Mizener, Vice President of Development for the National YoungArts Foundation. “It opens the kids’ minds to endless possibilities and provides interesting content for our partners. I see it as a very reciprocal relationship.”
Did you know?
Achille Maramotti established Max Mara in 1951 in Reggio Emilia, where it is still headquartered. The Max Mara Fashion Group includes 19 collections and has more than 2,600 stores in 100-plus countries.