important (and thrilling) news: Teaching a Master Class for YoungArts (young artists, read on for the chance of a lifetime)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

On this very beautiful Philadelphia day (blue-drenched skies and clouds a-wisp in both directions), I share news that I've wanted to share for the past many days.  Amy Rennert, my long-time agent, is the one who whispered this in my ear.  I have her to thank for bridging me toward that very thing that makes me happiest in life—hanging out with urgent, passionate, striving kids and helping them grow.

So here we go.  This coming January, I will be joining the glorious YoungArts program in Miami—"the signature national organization that recognizes and supports America's most talented 15-18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts."  Do you want to fill this very hour with beautiful things (music, HBO film, photography, stories)?  Then go to the YoungArts website, grab a root beer or a cup of tea, and sit back. Just let it happen.

Since 1981, YoungArts has given young people from across the country the chance to learn from giants such as Edward Albee, Robert Redford, Julian Schnabel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Bobby McFerrin, Frank Gehry, Placido Domingo, Liv Ullman, and Kathleen Turner.  It has helped nurture stars such as Viola Davis, Elizabeth Kostova, Allegra Goodman, Nicki Minaj, and Vanessa Williams.  It has elevated culture.  It has made people dance.  It has mattered. 

And you, my young friends out there—you still have a chance to apply.  Applications for this could-it-be-any-better-than-this? opportunity can be filed up through October 19, 2012.  Those who are selected—in nine disciplines—are eligible for the week-long immersion in the arts (Miami, early January), for U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts recognition, and for monetary awards. 

This year, I will be teaching writing to high school students in a botanical garden.  Over the course of that same week, Marisa Tomei, one of my favorite actresses (did you see her in "The Wrestler?"; don't you just love her whole, authentic self?), Bill T. Jones, that sensational choreographer and teacher, and Lourdes Lopez, recently named the artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, will be conducting Master Classes as well.  The evenings will be filled with performances.  A gala dinner will be held.  And I will be there, happy.

My young talented friends, consider applying.  Amy Rennert, thank you.  And Lisa Leone, the real Lisa Leone (vice president of Artistic Programs), you are one talented photo/movement-goddess.  I encourage those reading my blog to visit The Real Lisa Leone and to discover, among many fine finds, a certain Marisa Tomei hula hooping her way to glory

Gotta go run and touch the sky.


Erin said...

Ohhh! If only I was still a teenager.

patti.mallett_pp said...

Oh, I wish I wish I wish to go back in time. (I'll let you know how that goes.)

Thrilled for you, Beth. What a blessing you are to so many! xo

Katrina said...

You have been preparing for this all your life -- and your students will know right away how incredibly lucky they are to have you there, sharing your passion and quiet wisdom. Huge congratulations.

Serena said...

If I was a teen I would have applied, and I know a soon-to-be teen, so she may have to keep this in mind for the future..about 3 years. Hopefully the program is still around.

Pam Sedor said...

So excited for you Beth, sounds like your own Iowa Writers' Workshop lifted from a cornfield and spirited to a garden in sunny Miami! I am looking forward to some beautiful shots posted to your blog, too. For sure you'll be dancing for joy down there...

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