Elena '18 Recognized as 2017 National youngArts Foundation Merit Winner

"YoungArts is thrilled to announce our 2017 winners, all of whom represent the very best of the next generation of artists in this country," stated Carolina García Jayaram, YoungArts' President & Chief Executive Officer.

Elena '18 has been named a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner in the Writing/Short Story category.

Selected through a blind judging process, Elena is among only 691 students across the country recognized by YoungArts for outstanding achievement in literary, visual, design, and performing arts.

"YoungArts is thrilled to announce our 2017 Winners, all of whom represent the very best of the next generation of artists in this country," stated Carolina García Jayaram, YoungArts' President & Chief Executive Officer. "As we welcome new Finalists to Miami each January, and engage hundreds of Winners nationwide through our Regional Programs thereafter, it becomes increasingly clear how much this organization has grown—and continues to grow—into an astounding network of emerging and professional artists, and one with global reverberations. I look forward to meeting this year's Winners and seeing how they flourish as members of the artistic community. Congratulations to all."

Elena will become part of the organization's expansive alumni network of leading professionals, including visual artists Doug Aitken (1986 Winner in Visual Arts) and Daniel Arsham (1999 Winner in Visual Arts); musicians Conrad Tao (2011 Winner in Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and Jennifer Koh (1994 Winner in Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts); filmmaker Doug Blush (1984 Winner in Cinematic Arts); recording artists Josh Groban (1999 Winner in Theater) and Chris Young (2003 Winner in Voice and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts); writer Sam Lipsyte (1986 Winner in Writing and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts); actors Viola Davis (1983 Winner in Theater), Andrew Rannells (1997 Winner in Theater) and Kerry Washington (1994 Winner in Theater); renowned choreographer Desmond Richardson (1986 Winner in Modern Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts); and 2015 So You Think You Can Dance winner Gaby Diaz (2014 Winner in Dance).


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