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What is Transformation?

In a time when the lines between literary, visual, performing and design arts are becoming increasingly fluid, YoungArts is commissioning five short works that push the boundaries of tradition and redefine what it means to be an artist today.

This initiative seeks to celebrate the collaborative process by pairing YoungArts alumni across disciplines to present unique works, documented on film, that capture the transformative power of creativity as well as pay homage to YoungArts’ 35th anniversary.

We will commission 15 YoungArts alumni—five interdisciplinary teams of three alumni each. Each team will create a short film about what transformation means to them. They will be encouraged to express their creativity and collaborate freely to create a unique 3-5 minute art project on film about transformation.


All YoungArts alumni who were named finalists, honorable mentions, and/or merit awardees who are 19 years of age or older are welcome to apply for the opportunity.

Project Details

Application Opens: February 3, 2016

Application Closes: March 7, 2016 at 11:59pm EST

No applications will be accepted after the closing date

Each team will consist of one cinematic arts alumnus and two other alumni in different disciplines from the visual, literary, design and performing arts. We welcome suggestions on which fellow alumnus/a/i you would like to be paired with.  Artists will collaborate together to produce a work that can be captured on film. We invite artists to submit concepts (along with your portfolio) that articulate the theme of transformation.

The application consists of a few questions including an artist’s statement and a request for work samples or a link to your portfolio.

This commission includes a production budget and an alumna/us honorarium. All details will be discussed upon notification of the selected alumni groups.

Production timeline:

-      Filming/Production: Summer 2016

-      Deadline for rough cuts: mid-September 2016

-      Deadline for final film: mid-October 2016

Each film must be no longer than 3-5 minutes in length.

All filmmakers must submit master files by the deadline for the final film.

If selected, each alumna/us is required to sign a contract acknowledging that YoungArts owns all rights to the work. Participants will have the opportunity to screen or otherwise use the works or portions of the works for their portfolios and/or for promotional purposes—at YoungArts’ discretion—following YoungArts’ initial screening of the film project. 

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of four accomplished YoungArts alumni in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. Each application will be adjudicated based on the quality of support materials, breadth and depth of the artist’s statement and response to question about transformation and successful completion of the application by deadline.



Please email alumni@youngarts.org with any additional questions.


For the past 35 years, the National YoungArts Foundation has identified and nurtured the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assisted them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.