The Young Artists Awards is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization dependent on community support and funding. Your tax deductible donation will assist us in providing educational and scholarship opportunities to young people in our community. Please also consider becoming a sponsor of our program by visiting our Sponsorship Opportunties page on this website.

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Winners 2015

Katherine Boren, Executive Director; Lois Thome, WINK-TV; Jinji Miel Martine; Sarah Nelson; Courtney Camarillo; Noah Waddell; Bryanna Walker; Danny Pate, CenturyLink; Brian Hamman, Lee County Commission.


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Young Artists Awards, Inc.

The Young Artists Awards, Inc. is a performing arts education, audition, performance, and scholarship program for students from throughout Southwest Florida ages eight to twenty-one. The project recognizes the area's top talented students in the performing arts. Now beginning our thirteenth year, the mission of the Young Artists Awards program is to provide performing arts opportunities and scholarships in the areas of dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music performance and to provide a showcase for the talents of our local youth. We are a 501 (c) (3) organization. By providing young performers access to professionals in the various performing arts fields, students receive positive feedback and educational exposure through adjudicated open auditions held on four full days and a gala performance featuring the top judged students in each category at our annual Gala at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. We will be awarding forty-six scholarships totaling $30,000, a $25,000 scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University, and opportunities to collaborate with educators and professional artists.

We are the only open, comprehensive performing arts education, competition, performance and scholarship program that provides written feedback to all participants in our area. Judges from throughout the nation serving on seven panels volunteered their time as adjudicators last year. The intent of the program is to provide an enhanced view of young artists and the cultural climate in Southwest Florida. We also collaborate with other area organizations to provide additional opportunities for our student participants, as well as hosting performances and events throughout Southwest Florida.

Through our “Art by Kids with Cancer” project, working in conjunction with the staff at the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, we showcase and auction the artwork of children with cancer.

Upcoming events

  • Cabaret and Cabernet and more… October 24, 2015. An evening of entertainment, libations, and delectable sweet and savory items. The event will be held at the Alliance for the Arts/Foulds Theatre at 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers. The doors open at 7:00. Tickets are only $65. Featured performances by past winners of the Young Artists Awards including Paul Gavin and Full Force and vocalist Carla Martinez will be on stage. Proceeds from the event and silent auction will benefit student scholarships in the performing arts. Call Young Artists Awards at 239-574-9321 to reserve your tickets. cc logo
  • 2016 Young Artists Awards Auditions. January 16, 17, 23 and 24. Auditions are held on the Alliance for the Arts campus. Dance, drama, instrumental music, classical voice, contemporary voice and musical theatre. Students must be preregistered to participate.
  • Thirteenth Annual Gala at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, March 6, 2016. Featuring the performances of student finalists, group performances, and a silent auction. Forty-six scholarships to be awarded, including the Audience Choice Award – audience members vote for their favorite performer. Hosted by Lois Thome of WINK-TV. Dinner 6 PM, Show 7 PM. Tickets are $55 and sponsorship opportunities are available…
  • Performances at Art Walk in downtown Fort Myers. First Friday of every month at various Art Walk venues. Please visit our Facebook page for updates on monthly locations, times, and dates for Art Walk and other community performances.
  • Art by Kids with Cancer. Exhibits and sale of artwork from the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida to benefit families experiencing the financial challenges of childhood cancer. Visit our Facebook page for weekly updates on locations and logo

“The Young Artists Awards, Inc. project is a 501(c)(3) organization dependent on community support.”