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YoungArts Award Winners




Levin Recognized for Excellence in Voice/Jazz Voice and will

Participate in 37th Annual National YoungArts Week in Miami
January 7–14, 2018

 Levin Joins 757 Outstanding Teenage Artists from 47 States Across the Nation and will Receive Cash Awards, Mentorship and Professional Development Opportunities

Kira Levin of Hermosa Beach, California from Mira Costa High School, has been named a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) Finalist in Voice/Jazz Voice, the organization’s highest honor. Selected from the most competitive pool of applications to date, Levin has been recognized for her outstanding artistic achievements and joins 757 of the nation’s most promising young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts from 47 states. YoungArts winners gain access to one of the most comprehensive programs for emerging artists in the United States, offering financial, professional and artistic development opportunities over the course of their careers. A complete list of the 2018 winners, all 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12, is available online at youngarts.org/winners.  

Levin will receive a cash prize of up to $10,000; opportunities to share her work with the public at renowned institutions such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Sotheby’s (New York) and New World Center (Miami); and access to some mentors.

Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, the 2018 winners represent the top 10 percent of applications. Of this year’s 757 Winners, some have been awarded for excellence in multiple disciplines at various levels.  Altogether, 781 awards have been attributed: 171 have been named Finalists, the organization’s highest honor; 270 are Honorable Mentions and 340 are Merit winners.

As a Finalist, Levin will be participating in the 37th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami January 7–14, 2018. The organization’s signature program, National YoungArts Week aims to foster cross-disciplinary 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. Throughout the week, Levin’s work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels.

Each evening during National YoungArts Week, audiences can experience the work of these 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 Pérez Art Museum Miami Assistant Curator Jennifer Inacio in the YoungArts Gallery. On January 8, Levin will share her work with the public at the New World Center as part of the Classical, Jazz & Pop Voice Performance.

Levin is 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 selected to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the highest honors for a graduating high school senior.

Levin will join a growing YoungArts alumni network of more than 20,000 artists and will receive access to additional professional and artistic development, and presentation opportunities.

Additionally, Levin was recognized as a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention in Voice/Popular Voice.

For more information, visit youngarts.org, facebook.com/YoungArtsFoundation or twitter.com/YoungArts. To watch a brief video about YoungArts, click here.