YoungArts, 2017

The National YoungArts Foundation offers 10th – 12th grade artists, writers, and photographers an opportunity to compete annually for cash prizes, exciting experiences, and a start in their artistic careers. Their deadline for entry is October 14, and there is a $35 entry fee per category.

Participants enter for the chance to win a $10, 000 cash prize, to perform at the White House, and to receive a nomination for the US Presidential Scholarship in the Arts. Additional benefits include master classes, mentoring, and notifications of future opportunities.. Categories include Design Arts, Photography, Visual Arts, and Writing.

Among the 819 national winners in the 2016 competition, schools from the Deep South were well-represented. Adam Vincent from Spanish Fort High School (Alabama) was Winner in Photography, and Caroline Fairey and Heather Finnegan, both from the South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts were Winners in Writing. Julia Dotson from the Charleston School of the Arts received an Honorable Mention in Visual Arts, and Ivey Davis from the Alabama School of the Arts and Marigny DeBlanc from NOCCA both received a Merit in Visual Arts.

For more information about YoungArts, their history, and notable alumni such as Oscar winner Viola Davis, actress Kerry Washington, and musician Terrence Blanchard, visit their website.

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