ARHS senior Arden Lloyd has been named a 2021 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Voice: Singer-Songwriter, the organization’s highest honor. Arden has been recognized for her caliber of artistic achievement and joins 659 of the nation’s most accomplished artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Arden was selected by an esteemed discipline-specific panel of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most comprehensive programs for artists in the United States in which they will have opportunities for financial, creative, and professional development support throughout their entire careers.
Arden will receive a cash prize up to $10,000 and the opportunity to learn from leading artists such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Mickalene Thomas. She is now also eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support including a wide range of fellowships, residencies and awards; virtual and in-person presentation opportunities in collaboration with major venues nationwide; additional financial support; and access to YoungArts Post, a free, private digital network for YoungArts artists to connect, collaborate and learn about additional opportunities. As a Finalist, Arden participated in National YoungArts Week+ in January 2021 featuring virtual classes, workshops and mentorship from leading artists in their fields as well as virtual performances and an exhibition for the public. On Monday, January 25, starting at 8:00 PM, audiences can tune in to see Arden perform via livestream on youngarts.org. You can listen to her music on YouTube or SoundCloud, and follow her on Instagram @ardenlloydmusic.
Arden is also eligible to be nominated to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the highest honors given high school seniors bestowed by the President of the United States. As the sole nominating agency, every year YoungArts nominates 60 artists to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. The Commission then selects the 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Congratulations to Arden on this amazing achievement!