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Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc.
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Thanks, for your continued support!
Our New Project:
Establishing 'Open Air Graffiti Art Galleries'. Such famous cities as Los Angeles, CA, St. Petersburg, FL and Milton Keynes, UK has expressed interest. Click
here or see our 'Graffiti Art' link. Share your thoughts? Our potential sponsors would love to know your thoughts.
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Welcome our Executive Director- Ken Neal

Ken is a Sumter County native and has a variety of experience from owning his own business to computer tech to construction.  ALSO, Ken is a visual artist and music producer who with his Brother, Michael, attended the 2014 Grammy Awards- LA, CA.  Ken and Michael have both released CDs of their own and had the opportunity to fly out to California for the award ceremony.  Their debut album "I'm Movin' On" released in 2013, was named a top 50 Urban Contemporary album in the 50th annual Grammy awards.  He's married and have four (4) children.

Beverly Steele, our Founder, featured as 'Person Of Interest', Lake Sumter Style Magazine, May 2014 issue.  Visit: http://www.akersmediagroup.com     

2014 YPAs, Inc. Day of Stars
On Saturday, November 15, 2014, Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc. presents their 6th statewide scholarship program entitled 'Day Of Stars'
featuring:  Dancers, Vocalists, Instrumentalists
 and Visual Artists.

Hosted at Wildwood Country Resort
5604 Heritage Boulevard, Wildwood, FL  34785
Scholarships awarded in each discipline.
Co-Sponsored by: The Villages Showcase of Talent Club
For application and more information:
visit 'stuff for young artists' page.  
pictured above: scholarship recipients at the March 2014 YPAs, Inc. Showcase of Young Talent
RHEAP 2014

Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc. presented the 2014 Royal Historical Enrichment & Art Program (RHEAP) Summer Feeding & Activities Program. The program consisted of workshops led by professionals and professional artists. For images, see our creative solutions page. Pictured above: one of the young participants. Program located in the  historic Community Of Royal (Wildwood), FL.

For RHEAP Holiday Break 2014 Program registration form: 
click here


Etta Johnson Huff graduated from the Sumter Leadership 2013 Class as the YPAs, Inc. representative during a ceremony and dinner, Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Waterford Inn, The Villages, FL.  Leadership is sponsored by the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce.

Part 1 of the Florida Crossroads Documentary Florida’s Black Heritage Trail : The Central Florida Region features the Community Of Royal, one of Florida's oldest African American communities where the freed slaves' descendants still own their 40 Acres & A A Mule.

The documentary is archived: to view Florida’s Black Heritage Trail: The Central Florida Region  visit http://thefloridachannel.org/programs-coverage/florida-crossroads   

MLK 2014

Pictured: Left: Steele, some of the student participants, Christyne Hamilton, Special Advisor to LSSC President. Right: Kandia Towns, YPAs, Inc. vocalist member, after singing 'Lift Every Voice & Sing'.
During the recent Equity and Diversity Committee of Lake-Sumter State College’s Annual MLK Student Literary contests, Sumter County student participants placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd and were awarded cash awards. Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc., the lead collaborators for the Sumter MLK 13 initiative.
Arts Integration at WMHS!

"GEM" (Grade-level-wide Enrichment Model) is christened the WMHS arts integration program. What is arts integration? Arts integration is an approach to teaching and learning across content areas in which students experience, demonstrate, and deepen understandings through the arts. This project was introduced to Sumter District Schools and supported by Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc. Click here, for flier and press release click here.
VSA Inclusion-Very Special Art for very special students!

Pictured: Ms. Mary Debose, Workshop Leader. YPAs, Inc. and VSAFL has presented 'Musical Art' to the students, with varying disabilities, at South Sumter High School and Wildwood Middle High School. Ms. Debose is a VSA Teaching Artist. VSA Teaching Artist info. Become a VSA Teaching Artist, apply here.


Honoring the life of the Late Rudy Bennett, who was hailed as the Michael Jordan of the International Basketball Association and was a tremendous visual artist, died. Rudy Bennett, whose artwork ignited a passion for 'the Arts' in our YPAs' organization founder's being, died. We now praise famous men and women, such as Rudy Bennett, God has manifested in them great glory and talents from the beginning. Click here, for more information and visit: www.RudyBennett.com.

Steele & other YPAs, Inc. volunteers: Michelle Pugh, Destini, Bobbi and Anthony 'Artoni' Fletcher attended the African Voices, Inc. Graffiti Conference on Saturday, May 10, 2014, New York City, USA
. The conference featured noted graffiti writers i.e. Cornbread the Legend, James Top and Lava1 & Lava2 plus others.
 Steele, Our Founder, receives the Sumter County 2011 Community Hero Award hosted by the 2011 Sumter Leadership class and presented by the Sumter County Chamber. Click here, for more information.
Steele, receives the Florida Alliance For Arts Education 2011 Business Leadership award. Click here, for more information. At the award ceremony luncheon (L-R): Jennifer Coolidge, Ex. Dir., Museum of Florida Art & FAAE President; Frank T. Brogan, Chanellor State University System of Florida, Steele, and other awardees. For more info, Click here.

Steele & other YPAs, Inc. volunteers received certificates of completiton!
In agreement with Partners for Livable Communities (PLC) the Florida League of Cities has hosted five regional workshops. For more info, click here.


YPAs, Inc. touching Nigerian Children Lives!

Pictured: Once again, Dr. Sonya Armstrong, YPAs, Inc. BOD, traveled to Nigeria Africa to participate in a conference on how to teach children with autism. Dr. Armstrong combined Math and 'the Arts' for her March 2013 demonstrations. YPAs, Inc. continues touching young people, across the world, with 'The Arts'.  More than 2000 in attendance. Click here, for more information.

THANK YOU! To all our sponsors and supporters!


For more scholarships and other opportunities for young artists see our Stuff for Young artists page.


Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc. encourages the young artists of today who will keep the "Arts" of tomorrow alive! Assisting those who will make "The Arts" their life's worth and work!

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imageNina Morales, one of our young instrumentalist members, graduated this past June from Springstead High School and will attend Harvard this Fall. You can read all about it in

                 Laney Jones, 22, a YPAs, Inc. Vocalist Alum is attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. She was selected by Berklee to represent them at the Kennedy Center at a Master's Section Class where she was mentored by Allison Krauss. It will be aired on PBS in the near future and Laney will be showcased in the special. She has now written over 70 songs and has published 2 CD's


WEDU announced that Whitany Lewis, a YPAs, Inc, member & volunteer, was recognized as an individual, under the age of 21, who has distinguished herself in the community directly accredited to their inspiration, dedication, motivation, or acts of kindness. The awards luncheon was held at A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa, FL 33634.


Kandia Towns Vocalist Member
For more information: click stuff for young artists page;
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Pictured: Phil Scarpelli (Talk Show Host of Impact); Steele (YPAs, Inc. Founder); Ti'China Simmons (YPAs, Inc. vocalist member) after taping the Impact Show.
'GOLF FOR ART'- Tampa 2014
here to join us during our 1st Annual Golf For Art- Tampa Tournament, Saturday, November 29, 2014! For more info: youngartists@aol.com or RonnieJohnson1971@yahoo.com

   NFL Superstar, Darrell Jackson, join him in the game.
Scholarships and Golf!

YPAs, Inc. awarded scholarships during their recent 'Showcase of Young Talent on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Wildwood Country Resort after their 5th Annual Golf For Art golf tournament. Pictured is the 2014-1st team with Ronnie Johnson, YPAs, Inc. Golf Coordinator.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++1st 1st Golf For Art- Tampa 2013
1st Team

School Cultural Art Education & Awareness program 2013-2014
(For School age children only.)


2013-2014 program planned activities: 
1) Caribbean Sound Steel Band In the Round Showcase. 


2)"Aesop's Dinosaur Fable" featuring magical 9 feet tall puppets.

Annually, the program serves 4000 school age children. 

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Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc.
9060 County Road 231
Wildwood, FL  34785
352-748-1536 (fax)

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