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Release Date: 12/9/2019
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Carver Center student, graduate earn merit awards in 2020 YoungArts competition

TOWSON, MD. – Eli Golding, a senior at George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology, and Kaya Abramson, a 2019 graduate of Carver Center and now a freshman at The Cooper Union, earned merit awards in the prestigious 2020 YoungArts competition.

Golding was honored for his work in film, and Abramson was honored as a visual artist.

In total, 686of the nation’s most accomplished young artists from 40 states were named 2020 YoungArts award winners in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Selected for their caliber of artistic achievement, award winners are chosen by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. This year’s award winners represent the top 9.5% of applications across 10 artistic disciplines.

YoungArtsaward winners gain access to one of the most prestigious programs for emerging artists in the United States in which they will have opportunities for creative and professional development throughout their entire careers.

“Every year I am reminded that extraordinary artistry is ageless and the 2020 YoungArts award winners—all teenage artists—have done it again. This group of emerging talent represents the inspiring potential of the next generation of artists.We look forward to welcoming them to the YoungArts community of leading artists and are thrilled to support their work from this early stage and throughout their careers,” stated Board ChairSarah Arison.

YoungArts awards are given in three categories: Finalist, Honorable Mention, and Merit.
All 2020 YoungArts award winners are eligible to participate in the organization’s regional programs YoungArts Miami (February 25–March 1, 2020), YoungArts Los Angeles (March 24–29, 2020), and YoungArts New York (April 21–26, 2020), each modeled after National YoungArts Week.

Following YoungArts’ national and regional programs, the artists will join a 20,000-strong YoungArts alumni community and will receive ongoing support from the organization as they continue to pursue a life in the arts. YoungArts award winners are eligible for exclusive opportunities such as fellowships, symposia, and residencies in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and abroad; presentation opportunities at major institutions such asJacob’s Pillow(Massachusetts), theJohn F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts(Washington, D.C.), New World Center (Miami),Sotheby’s(New York),The Metropolitan Museum of Art(New York),UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance(Los Angeles), and theWatermill Center(New York); and the opportunity to work with directors and curators such asDerrick Adams,Deana Haggag,Bill T. Jones,Jasmine Wahi,andTony Yazbeck.They will also have access to YoungArts Post, a custom online platform for YoungArts alumni to connect, collaborate, and learn about additional opportunities such asmicrogrants, cash awards that support expenses related to professional or artistic development.

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