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Congratulations to our 2019 Kinder HSPVA Young Arts Winners!


This year, the National YoungArts Foundation recognized 710 of the nation’s most promising young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. 16 of those students were from Kinder HSPVA!

 Selected from thousands of applications and representing artists from 44 states, YoungArts winners gain access to financial, professional and artistic development opportunities throughout the course of their careers.



Deena Fahed – Visual Arts

Katherine (Kate) Kortum – Jazz Voice


Honorable Mentions

Benjamin Byrd – Jazz Guitar (’18 alum)

Almog (Mogi) Taylor-Sheinman) – Jazz Alto Sax

Elia Adams – Theater

Ashitaka (Ashi) Porter – Theater

Maurielle Mcgarvey – Playwriting



Naveen (Nino) Aiyer – Jazz Percussion

Augustus (Gus) Allen – Jazz Double Bass (’18 alum)

Phineas Davenport – Jazz Piano

James Donovan – Jazz Double Bass

Marwan Ghonima – Jazz Double Bass

Sasha Ripley – Jazz Tenor Sax

Brooke Wyatt – Jazz Piano (’18 alum)

DeCarte Washington-May – Photography (’18 alum)

Izabella Sifuentes – Poetry


Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, the 2019 winners represent the top 10 percent of applications. Of this year’s 710 winners, some have been awarded for excellence in multiple disciplines at various levels.  Altogether, 725 awards have been attributed: 163 have been named Finalists, the organization’s highest honor; 268 are Honorable Mentions and 294 are Merit winners.

This year’s Finalists have the opportunity to participate in the 38th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami January 6–13, 2019. All winners are eligible to participate in YoungArts’ regional programs, including YoungArts Miami (February 19–24, 2019), YoungArts Los Angeles (March 26–31, 2019) and YoungArts New York (April 23–28, 2019), and will join a professional network of distinguished artists.

Finalists are also eligible for nomination to the White House-appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars. As the sole nominating agency, YoungArts selects 60 Finalists each year, 20 of whom are invited to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the highest honors for graduating high school seniors.

National YoungArts Week
National YoungArts Week, the organization’s signature program, aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and community while offering Finalists the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development. During the free, weeklong intensive, artists across 10 disciplines participate in master classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their fields, such as Ansin Stewart Master Teacher Gavin Creel and Florence Stern Memorial Master Teacher Wendy Whelan. Throughout the week, Finalists’ work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels.

Each evening, audiences can experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in voice, jazz, theater, dance and classical music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator in the YoungArts Gallery. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

National YoungArts Week culminates with the annual Backyard Ball performance and gala. Presented by Harry Winston, Inc., the artistic black tie event is the organization’s largest fundraiser, bringing together prominent artists, community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities to celebrate all 2019 YoungArts winners.
Performances will be streamed live on and on YoungArts' Facebook page.