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2012 YoungArts National Program Application

Know an artistically excellent high school seniors (2011-2012 school year) or recent graduates who will be 17 or 18 years old on December 1, 2011?

The 2012 YoungArts National Program Application is now open to students in the visual, literary and performing arts. High school juniors of any age are not eligible. Winners who have attended YoungArts Week in Miami are NOT eligible. Honorable Mention or Merit Award winners from years past are eligible to re-apply for YoungArts 2012 provided they meet all other requirements.

Click here for specific discipline requirements.

Students may apply in one or more categories including all nine disciplines. An application fee ($25 early/$35 regular) is required for each discipline/category. Ask our programs team ( about how you may qualify for fee waiver.

Winning students are eligible to receive:

  • Exclusive Presidential Scholars in the Arts nominations
  • $500,000 in total awards
  • $10,000 YoungArts Gold Awards, $5,000 YoungArts Silver Awards
  • All-expense-paid trip to Miami for YoungArts Week National Finals (January 8-15, 2012)
  • Master classes with world-renowned artists
  • A rich network of professional contacts, job postings, and career development opportunities

Registration qualifies you for our scholarship list service and access to over $3 million in scholarship opportunities to universities and colleges

For more information, contact our National Programs office at

Read more about the program and application at Blog | YoungArts.


The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.