Alhambra student to participate in inaugural YoungArts Los Angeles February 6-11, 2013

NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES, EXHIBITION AND SCREENING SCHEDULE FOR INAUGURAL YOUNGARTS LOS ANGELESWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 TO MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013

An Alhambra student from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) will be participating in YoungArts Los Angeles this week and taking master classes with leading screenwriters, dancers, curators and writers. 

The National YoungArts Foundation inaugurates YoungArts Los Angles, a new program modeled after their signature annual program – YoungArts Week – from February 6 to 11, 2013. YoungArts Los Angeles will provide 43 talented young students representing a wide range of disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts from the greater Los Angeles region with life-changing experiences, intense master classes and workshops with internationally renowned artists. The young artists will also have the opportunity to share their work with the public through free performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings at The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC).                              

On Sunday, February 10, at 4:30 p.m. the National YoungArts Foundation will screen the premiere of the HBO Documentary Film, Bobby McFerrin: A YoungArts MasterClass the second episode of the second season of the acclaimed Emmy-nominated program.  In this all-new YoungArts MasterClass special, Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin prepares four talented YoungArts Winners and mentees to accompany him in concert. Selected by YoungArts, the four singers receive individual instruction from McFerrin, learning vocal improvisation and music theory more abstract than what the classically trained students may be accustomed. Produced and directed by Oscar-winning filmmakers Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, the HBO premiere broadcast of Bobby McFerrin: A YoungArts MasterClass will air on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

YoungArts Los Angeles ParticipantsThe 43 YoungArts Los Angeles participants are 15- to 18-year old emerging artists from the greater Los Angeles region who are 2013 YoungArts Winners.  

For a complete list of YoungArts Los Angeles participants please contact, Maura Klosterman, klostermanm@finnpartners.com.

Free Public Performances, Exhibitions and Screenings:The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC)The Art Gallery and The Tom Bradley Theatre One514 S Spring Street / Los Angeles, CA 90013Master Classes and WorkshopsOmni Hotel251 S Olive Street / Los Angeles, CA 90012

2013 YoungArts Los Angeles Performances, Exhibitions and Screenings

Saturday, February 96:30 p.m. / Visual Arts Exhibition and Reception7:15 p.m. / Writers' Readings8 p.m. / Performance (Music, Jazz and Classical/Jazz Voice)

Sunday, February 102:30 p.m. / Visual Arts Exhibition Viewing3 p.m. / Performance (Theater, Dance, Cinematic Arts and Pop Voice)4:30 p.m. / Premiere Screening of HBO Documentary Film Bobby McFerrin: A YoungArts MasterClass (the program runs for 30 minutes)

Monday, February 1110 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. / Performances for Southern California High SchoolsABOUT THE NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION

The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts.

To date, YoungArts has honored more than 16,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $100 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones and Martin Scorsese. In addition, at the request of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for artistically talented high school seniors.

In early October 2012, YoungArts acquired the historic Bacardi buildings in Miami and began converting the organization’s first national headquarters into a campus that will become a thriving arts and cultural center for young artists ages 15 and up, allowing YoungArts to carry forward an expansion of activities unprecedented in its history. World-renowned architect Frank Gehry has been commissioned to design the master plan for the historic Bacardi campus, creating a multi-disciplinary arts complex that will include a park with state-of-the-art video projection capabilities and arts programming for the benefit of the community. In order to help with its expansion, YoungArts has named Frank Gehry, Plácido Domingo and Bill T. Jones as Artistic Advisors. As part of this initiative, the organization will produce events year-round in New York City, including performances programmed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, master classes and screenings at The Museum of Modern Art, and performances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In Los Angeles, YoungArts will inaugurate a new program, providing young artists with master classes, workshops, performances and exhibitions. The new YoungArts campus will host year-round programming in Miami, including master classes and forums, interdisciplinary performances and exhibitions, screenings of the Emmy-nominated HBO YoungArts MasterClass series, and an art gallery offering exhibitions with free admission, curated in partnership with Miami Art Museum, among others.

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