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Arts Academy student cited for her theatre achievement: Dot’s Zayda Adams, 17, wins prestigious YoungArts award

17-year-old Boston Arts Academy (BAA) student, Zayda Adams, has been named a 2022 YoungArts award winner for her work in theatre.

Zayda Adams

A 17-year-old Boston Arts Academy (BAA) student has been named a 2022 YoungArts award winner for her work in theatre. Zayda Adams was chosen after submitting two filmed monologues for her application. The award gives her access to one of the most comprehensive programs for artists in the United States with opportunities for financial, creative, and professional development support throughout her career. 

“We are proud of Zayda’s extraordinary achievement,” said Anne R. Clark, BAA’s head of school. “She is an exemplary artist, and this honor is well deserved.”

Adams joins a distinguished group of past YoungArts awards winners such as Camille A. Brown, Timothée Chalamet, Viola David, and Hunter Schafer. This year’s award winners will have the opportunity to learn from leading artists such as vocalist La Tanya Hall, visual artists Loni Johnson and Yashua Klos, and the award-winning writer Dr. Joan Morgan. 


“YoungArts empowers artists to pursue a life in the arts beginning at the critical time when many are faced with decisions about life after high school,” said executive director Jewel Malone. “We are proud to support these young artists at the beginning of their journeys and look forward to becoming a resource for them at all stages of their careers.”

YoungArts award winners become eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support including a wide range of fellowships, residencies, and awards; microgrants and financial awards; virtual and in-person presentation opportunities in collaboration with major venues and cultural partners nationwide; and access to YoungArts Post, a free, private online platform for YoungArts artists to connect, collaborate, and discover new opportunities.

Source: Dorchester Reporter

Date:  February 2, 2022

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