Dejha Carrington, National YoungArts Foundation
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East Lansing, MI
NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES
2017 YOUNGARTS WINNERS
JENNIFER BARNETT of East Lansing, Michigan is a YoungArts Merit Winner in JAZZ VOICE.
BARNETT Joins 691 Outstanding Teenage Artists from 40 States and Will
Receive Awards, Mentorship and Professional Development Opportunities
MIAMI, FL (November 25, 2016) – Barnett of East Lansing, Michigan from Haslett High School, has been named a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts)Merit Winner in JAZZ VOICE. Selected from the largest pool of applicants to date, Barnett has been recognized for her outstanding artistic achievements and joins 691 of the nation’s most promising young artists from 40 states across the literary, visual, design and performing arts. Winners receive awards, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs nationwide and engage with renowned mentors, and guidance in taking important steps toward achieving their artistic goals. A complete list of the 2017 Winners, all 15 -18 years old or in grades 10 -12, is available online at http://youngarts.org/winners.
“YoungArts is thrilled to announce our 2017 Winners, all of whom represent the very best of the next generation of artists in this country,” stated Carolina García Jayaram, YoungArts’ President & Chief Executive Officer. “As we welcome new Finalists to Miami each January, and engage hundreds of Winners nationwide through our Regional Programs thereafter, it becomes increasingly clear how much this organization has grown—and continues to grow—into an astounding network of emerging and professional artists, and one with global reverberations. I look forward to meeting this year’s Winners and seeing how they flourish as members of the artistic community. Congratulations to all.”
Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, the 2017 Winners represent the top 8.67% of applications. Of this year’s 691 Winners, some have been awarded for excellence in multiple disciplines at various levels. Altogether, 713 awards have been attributed: 166 have been named Finalists, the organization’s highest honor, 268 are Honorable Mention and 279 are Merit Winners.
All Winners are eligible to participate in YoungArts’ regional programs, including YoungArts Miami (February 21 – 26, 2017), YoungArts Los Angeles (March 28 – April 2, 2017) and YoungArts New York (April 25 – 30, 2017).
BARNETT will become part of the organization’s expansive alumni network of leading professionals, including visual artists Doug Aitken (1986 Winner in Visual Arts) and Daniel Arsham (1999 Winner in Visual Arts); musicians Conrad Tao (2011 Winner in Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and Jennifer Koh (1994 Winner in Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts); filmmaker Doug Blush (1984 Winner in Cinematic Arts); recording artists Josh Groban (1999 Winner in Theater) and Chris Young (2003 Winner in Voice and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts); writer Sam Lipsyte (1986 Winner in Writing and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts); actors Viola Davis (1983 Winner in Theater), Andrew Rannells (1997 Winner in Theater) and Kerry Washington (1994 Winner in Theater); renowned choreographer Desmond Richardson (1986 Winner in Modern Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts); and 2015 So You Think You Can Dance winner Gaby Diaz (2014 Winner in Dance).
Support for National YoungArts Week is provided by our National Premier Sponsor, Carnival Foundation; the YoungArts Week Performance Sponsor, SunTrust; the Legacy Master Series Sponsor, Aon; the Design Arts Discipline Sponsor, Arquitectonica; the Visual Arts Discipline Sponsor, The Related Group; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION
The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. Through a wide range of annual programs, regular performances, and partnerships with some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, YoungArts aspires to create a strong community of alumni and a platform for a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.
For more information, visit youngarts.org, facebook.com/YoungArtsFoundation or twitter.com/YoungArts.