Cartersville High student named a YoungArts Finalist
by Staff Report
Dec 27, 2012 | 1614 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ryan Brideau of Cartersville, who hails from Cartersville High School, is a National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Voice. Chosen from approximately 10,000 applications from students in nine disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts, he will participate in a life-changing experience provided by the National YoungArts Foundation.

This year, during the 32nd annual YoungArts Week in Miami from Jan. 6 to 12, 2013, Ryan will join 151 other finalists in a week of intense master classes with internationally renowned artists such as Adrian Grenier (1994 Alumnus in Theater), Marisa Tomei, Bobby McFerrin, Andrew Rannells (1997 Alumnus in Theater)and Bill T. Jones (YoungArts Artistic Advisor).

Students also will have the opportunity to share their work each evening through performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings that are free and open to the public. YoungArts Week will culminate in An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala on Jan. 12. YoungArts Week performances will be streamed live on

“This year’s extremely talented students represent a diverse group whom we consider to be the most promising young artists in America today,” Paul T. Lehr, YoungArt’s executive director, said in a press release. “The quality of this year’s winners is a testament to the strength of our expanding program.”

The Finalists selected to participate in YoungArts Week were chosen through a blind adjudication process from a pool of applicants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all U.S. territories, and are among the 685 YoungArts Winners for 2013 who also represent awardees in Honorable Mention and Merit categories.

During YoungArts Week the adjudication process will continue to determine further award levels. Monetary awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 will be presented to students exhibiting excellence in their discipline.

Additionally, winners living in Los Angeles, Miami and New York are invited to participate in YoungArts’ regional programs — YoungArts Los Angeles (February 2013), YoungArts Miami (April 2013), YoungArts New York (May 2013).

From this pool of 152 YoungArts Finalists, up to 60 will also be nominated by YoungArts to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, 20 of whom will be selected for the honor by the White House appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars. U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts are awarded the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

YoungArts is the only organization in the nation to recognize students in nine discipline categories of cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing. Beginning in 2013, a tenth discipline, architecture and design, will be inaugurated as the latest addition to these categories.