The NexGen Youth Arts Conference and Creative Career Seminars…

…help give students and others a vision of the future. These events introduce students to potential educational and professional pathways toward creative occupations. Educators and professionals introduce students to diverse specialties such as digital and other visual design, animation, performance, and fashion through a series of workshops and conferences.

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Hope’s Story

My names Hope. I am 16 and I attend West Perry High School, and I am currently in 10th grade. For my experience at NexGen, it was a wonderful event. I went in expecting just a day of events, and when I heard that these rising artists were going to speak a bit, it made the first day more exciting. What I didn’t know was that the group I was in would finish early, which would lead me to meeting and working with an excellent man.

At NexGen I met Sherrod West, a filmmaker and producer. I got to talk with him a lot the first day and he told me about some opportunities. On the second day of the conference, I got to work with Sherrod and learn from him. That day I got to record audio from a panel, film a fashion show and some stuff before the fashion show, and even film interviews at the end. I also met some other wonderful people like Yewande Austin, Dana Fields, and

NexGen gave me a chance to have a handson experience at what I want to do. After working for just a day, it made me feel so much more certain about working at becoming a director. After NexGen, I plan to work harder at achieving my dreams of being a director and using film to help assist me in being an activist for a few causes. I want to use my experience and achievements to inspire the next generation and to leave an impact in the world.


Who Is NexGen For?

Aspiring Artists

Talented high school students who understand the value of practice, work, and determination. They are training to think creatively, evaluate and improve their craft, based on constructive criticism, and express themselves to their fullest potential. These artists are simultaneously developing the skills to be actors, dancers, musicians, writers, as well as educators, scientists, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

Arts Educators

Teachers are passionate advocates for education, the arts, and the children in their communities. Teachers, each with a network encompassing hundreds of students and their families, are vocal supporters of products, services, and causes they care about, and fiercely loyal to the people they serve.


Dedicated facilitators of creativity and talent. Parents of student artists want the best for their young adults as they prepare them for college, the workplace, and the future.



NexGen sponsors and exhibitors will be integrated into our online presence, with click-through logos on the BARAK, Inc. and NexGen websites; in multiple statewide e-newsletters to thousands of current students, arts education leaders, alumni, and supporters; and through the networks of our member associations in multiple arts disciplines. Presenting sponsors may also be featured in statewide and local media coverage.