Courtesy of National YoungArts Foundation, Leonardo Bacan


Sept. 27-Nov. 21 2016
The Miami-based National YoungArts Foundation (2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) is an incubator for artistic talent, setting up high-school students with funding and expert mentors to move them along the path to greatness. You might call it an act of defiance in an age of economic anxiety and condescending ads pushing science careers (“A ballerina yesterday. An engineer today” — if you missed that controversial Wells Fargo pamphlet). But YoungArts can point to a bevy of successful alumni to prove it has made an impact on artists and their audiences. And this Tuesday, YoungArts Awareness Day, works by 28 of the program’s alums will go on display at the foundation’s “MouthWater” exhibition. YoungArts promises “an extraordinary cross-section of visual arts, design, and photography alumni” spanning four decades of awards, underscoring “YoungArts’ role as a platform for dynamic dialogue among artists across generations.” There’s local talent throughout, from Naomi Fisher to Leonardo Bacan and Nadia Wolff. Awareness Day is also a reminder to teens to apply to join YoungArts’ next cohort by October 14. “MouthWater” will be on view through November 21, and admission is free. The September 27 opening reception begins at 6 p.m. and is free with registration at youngarts.org/youngarts-awareness-day. Call 800-970-2787.


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