National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
Founded: 1981

To identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development, and to raise the appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American society.

About the Organization:
Carnival Cruise Lines owners Ted Arison and his wife, Lin, founded the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and its YoungArts program in 1981 to fill a growing need in the United States for an organization that encourages and validates young artists, while enhancing the reputation of Miami as a unique cultural destination. NFAA provides national recognition through cash awards and scholarships to artistically accomplished 15- to 18-year-olds across the United States. It also encourages artistic growth and career development through workshops, public performances and exhibitions, internships, and the underwriting of creative projects and residency fellowships.

Current Programs:
YoungArts recognizes and honors emerging talent in nine disciplines of the visual, literary and performing arts: cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. Each year, national contest winners convene in Miami for YoungArts Week, which provides them with workshops, master classes taught by internationally renowned artists, interdisciplinary activities, performances and exhibitions, and more. NFAA also offers regional programs in Miami and New York in which participants take master classes and interdisciplinary workshops and perform and exhibit their works at cultural venues in their respective cities. In addition, in partnership with the White House appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars, NFAA selects twenty YoungArts finalists to be named U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and three educators nominated by YoungArts Finalists are chosen to receive the YoungArts Distinguished Educators in the Arts award.

Web Site:
Visitors to the NFAA Web site can apply to the YoungArts program, learn more about the nine-part HBO documentary series Masterclass, which aired in April 2010 and chronicles the YoungArts program; read the executive director Paul Lehr's letters to parents and educators; browse a list of notable alumni and current winners; and explore the organization's blog.

NFAA and its YoungArts program are supported by foundations, corporations, and individuals.

Contact: Paul T. Lehr, Executive Director
Phone: (305) 377-1140
Fax: (305) 377-1149