National YoungArts Foundation hosted its annual YoungArts Performance and Gala held on the YoungArts Campus for the very first time, as the organization acquired the historic Bacardi buildings to serve as its first national headquarter. World-renowned architect Frank Gehry is designing the master plan to transform the 3.5 acres site into a multi-disciplinary arts complex. More than 800 notables, including prominent artists, community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities, gather to recognize this year’s 2014 YoungArts winners.
During dinner, emcee, Tony Award-winning actor and singer Brian “Stokes” Mitchell, recognized three selected awardees for their invaluable commitment to the arts: Arison Award Honorees, Pritzker Award Winning architect Zaha Hadid and Academy Award Winning singer, dancer and actress, Rita Moreno, and Alumni Honoree, actor, singer and 1997 YoungArts Winner in Theater, Andrew Rannells. The dinner was followed by performance by YoungArts alumni, including Grace Weber, Nia Drummond, Caleb Teicher and Colby Minifie, directed by renowned Tony Award-winner, dancer, choreographer and YoungArts Artistic Advisor Bill T. Jones.
The evening concluded with the after hours “YoungArts Plaza Party” and under the stars dancing, dessert and pop-up performances. The gala YoungArts largest annual fundraiser is the culmination of YoungArts signature program YoungArts Week which provides 171 of the nation’s most outstanding young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts with life-changing experiences, including master classes, workshops, inter-disciplinary activities, performances and exhibitions.