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Young Artists from LA to Participate in Regional Program Offered by National YoungArts Foundation.

Los Angeles area teen artists will be feeling the love post Valentine’s Day, February 16-21 when YoungArts comes to town. Over 100 talented students from throughout LA who have been designated National YoungArts Foundation 2016 YoungArts winners will have the opportunity to experience an intensive, week-long regional program in the visual, literary, performing and design arts. During the program the young artists will work with masters in their field and will present their work through public exhibitions performances—including a photography and visual arts exhibition, a jazz performance, writers’ readings, film screenings, and a multidisciplinary performance and music concert.
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In November the National YoungArts Foundation announced their 2016 YoungArts Winners – 819 students from 42 states who are recognized for excellence in the arts from more than 12,000 applications the largest number to date in its 35 year history. Finalists are eligible to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, as YoungArts is the exclusive nominating agency for this high honor. Every year, YoungArts nominates 60 YoungArts Winners to the White House-appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars, 20 of whom are selected to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.


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To reach out to more students, YoungArts takes to the road and offers regional programs in New York and Los Angeles, which are modeled after it’s signature national program, National YoungArts Week, held annually in Miami, where the organization is headquartered. Throughout the week, the students work with renowned artists, who offer them support, advice and encouragement to pursue their passions and a career in the arts. Each regional program engages YoungArts Winners from all award levels—Finalist, Honorable Mention and Merit—and exposes local audiences to emerging artists in their community.


The Los Angeles Theater Center on Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles will host the artistic teens who will also have the chance to share their talents with the public through three multidisciplinary performances, a cinematic arts screening, and a visual arts exhibition at  There will be a high-profile line-up of artists working with students this year in Los Angeles. The visual art exhibition will be curated by John Tain; jazz and writers readings will be directed by Bill Pierce; and performances will be directed by celebrated choreographer John Heginbotham and acclaimed composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain


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To learn more, the YoungArts regional programs schedule follows below and can also be found online at
YoungArts Los Angeles – February 16 – 21, 2016
Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tickets for the performances are now on sale at

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Marshall Ayers
Arts education specialist with 25+ years experience in non-profit organizations and public educational settings. Marshall founded Artzray to create a community of young, multidisciplinary artists who are seeking professional, practical and personal career resources. Marshall lives and works in LA with her family, but hails from the east coast. When she's not working on Artzray, she would rather be sailing, reading or listening to her son play cello.
Marshall Ayers