Sheema Golbaba is Awarded Prestigious Silver Award in Cinematic Arts From YoungArts

MIAMI (February, 2010) – Sheema Golbaba of Tulsa, Oklahoma has been honored by YoungArts,  the core program of the  National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), as a Silver award winner in Cinematic Arts for her exceptional performance during the 2010 national YoungArts Week.  Golbaba will receive an award in the amount of $5,000 and be invited to travel to New York City for In the Studio, an artistic residency with an interdisciplinary emphasis, April 17-23, 2010.

Golbaba was one of 142 high school students from across the nation who came to Miami for YoungArts Week 2010, a five-day intensive training and performance program with world-renowned artists. Each of the young artists who attended were selected from an original application pool of more than 4,000 students nationally. The 45 Gold and Silver awards given this year are based upon national panel evaluations during YoungArts Week.

The Gold and Silver Award winners travel again to an all-expense paid week in New York City called In the Studio. This event is a once-in-a-lifetimeexperience allowing students interdisciplinary enrichment activities and an opportunity to perform at Baryshnikov Arts Center and exhibit at Affirmation Arts Gallery. The students also participate in master classes and workshops with elite master teachers in their particular discipline. Master Teachers have included Mikhail Baryshnikov, Edward Albee and Martin Scorsese.  

“For many of the Gold and Silver award winners the week in Miami combined with the week in New York City will give them the tools that they need to succeed in the arts,” said Christina DePaul President & CEO of YoungArts.

Registration for the next year’s YoungArts Week will open on March 15. For more information or call 305.377.1140.

About YoungArts:

YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). It is the signature national organization that recognizes and supports America’s most talented 17-18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts. YoungArts is the sole nominating agency for Presidential Scholars in the Arts. The foundation provides emerging artists with financial support and life changing experiences with internationally renowned artists. YoungArts alumni go on to become leading professionals in their fields. Alumni include Emmy nominated actress Vanessa Williams, three-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza, star of HBO’s Entourage Adrian Grenier and Warner Brothers Recording Artist Josh Groban. For more information, please visit

Updated 02-03-2010

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