The 34th annual National YoungArts Week will be held Jan. 4 to 11 in Miami, and nine students from Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts have earned the opportunity to work with distinguished master teachers and mentors during the week-long event.
Each year, the National YoungArts Foundation receives approximately 11,000 applications to participate in its programs, and approximately 700 students are chosen for programs in Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Winners are selected in categories representing different art forms, including literary, visual and design arts.
The Dreyfoos students who will participate in National YoungArts Week are: Jessica Baldinger, design arts; Catrina Crawford, visual arts; Yuhua Golnick, photography; Eddieomar Gonzalez, dance/modern; Seanna Harris, design arts; Daniela O’Neil, dance/ballet; Melissa Posner, visual arts; Zachary Rapaport, visual arts; and Dreyfoos alum Talia Suskauer, theater/musical.
A total of 21 current Dreyfoos students and two former students qualified as 2015 YoungArts winners. In addition to the nine finalists, Dreyfoos had two students in the honorable mention and 12 students in the merit category. All of the Dreyfoos students who earned finalist, honorable mention and merit designations will be eligible to participate in the YoungArts Miami Week in March.
“It’s an honor to have so many students qualify to participate in both of these prestigious events,” Dreyfoos Principal Dr. Susan Atherley said. “This is an amazing opportunity for our students to learn from masters who will help them to grow as artists.”
The foundation was founded in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to nurture the next generation of artists and support the artist development of young artists.