The Young Masters, Inc.


The Young Masters, Inc. is an extended family of intergenerational Art in motion. 

Our mission is to nurture and empower 21st Century Artists.  This begins from the womb and continues through the afterlife. 


Our village is lit up with the magic of art.  From my own five children who were grounded and grown in this buoyant and passionate art experience to the heroes and sheroes they recognized and recruited into the family—our circle is solid and only growing bigger. 


The best rule of The Young Masters, Inc. is “no stress allowed.”  This gives each member this program as a “stress-free-zone.”  It gives our Art a chance to be the healing balm we have shared. 


Our Young Masters can become Gold Stars but on the upper level they have moved into Platinum to Bei Black.  Their works and reputations include the mastery of Luis Peralta who went from graffiti to pro muralist with important commissions in his international reputation. Janali Thompson is our own video master working professionally in the field while leading the film quest and still producing the sculptures that he began at Duke Ellington.  His younger brother, Jajaf Thompson picked up the stylus as well as the brush and is leading our cyberspace graphic illustration and design force.


Interns have kept the YM growing stronger as they have progressed from high school through college.


Many of our earliest Young Masters are soaring into their doctorates and giving back to the Young Masters in powerful ways.  Folami Ford is doing just that—her last quest produced the traditional Rites of Passage for yet another generation.


Truly the Rites of Passage program is only one of the signature pieces of The Young Masters.  The Homecoming (Brookland) Bridge Public Art, Body Canvas (aRt In Motion), Mask-R-Aid Balls, and Recreation vs. Re-Creation—Young Masters Tennis are all projects that have helped fortify our mission.


The Mamas and the Babas (The Founding Mothers’ Board & The Founding Fathers) that have kept the organization as a village family using Art as a way to connect and cure as well as to create joy, beauty, and a better community. Our early Executive Director & Founding Board member (emeritus), artist Kamala Subramanian that continues to quietly lead through high standards of work and knowledge, skills and study to guide us gracefully on the course that we shared through our early Workshops for Careers in the Arts days.


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