Jean Shin for YoungArts.

A group of established artists are helping YoungArts soar despite the challenges facing visual and performing arts.

The organization has announced the premiere of “Together, a Short Film,” a short animated film to support the organization. The film features drawings and paintings of birds created by artists including Shepard Fairey, Zoë Buckman, Kaws, Julia Chiang, José Parlá, Glenn Espinosa and Sheree Hovsepian. Each frame of the film, which will make its debut on Jan. 25 to kick off National YoungArts Week, will be sold to benefit the organization. With 1,500 frames available at $175 each, the initiative has the potential to bring in significant support.

The week will also feature public performances, readings and digital exhibitions by this year’s YoungArts award winners.

The National YoungArts Foundation provides financial scholarships and development programs for promising teenage artists, linking them with leaders in their chosen creative fields. Alumni of the organization include Viola Davis, Jason Moran, Daniel Arsham, Billy Porter, Josh Groban, Camille A. Brown and Terence Blanchard.

Zoë Buckman for YoungArts.

Zoë Buckman for YoungArts.  Courtesy

José Parlá for YoungArts.

José Parlá for YoungArts.  Courtesy

Demetri Burke for YoungArts.

Demetri Burke for YoungArts.  Courtesy

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