About Us

International operatic soprano and recording artist Robin Follman-Otta and Orange County philanthropist Robert E. Young co-founded FYFA in 2010. Concerned about cutbacks to visual and performing arts programs in educational institutions, Follman-Otta and the now-late Young established the nonprofit organization to nurture the talent of aspiring artists and to foster appreciation of visual and performing arts in Southern California.

The foundation, located in Santa Ana, California offers scholarships, grants and competitive awards to artists, including those with special and unique needs. FYFA also sponsors the Professional Opera Singers’ Association (POSA) annual vocal competition and provides individuals with musical and vocal training, including master classes, by pairing artists with top instructors.

Mission Statement

The Follman-Young Foundation for the Arts (FYFA) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to nurturing the growth of aspiring and professional artists in the Southern California visual and performing arts community, while creating opportunity for audiences through performances, educational and cultural events.

What We Do

FYFA fosters development and appreciation of visual and performing arts in Southern California through its key objectives:

  • Offering financial support to aspiring artists through grants, scholarships and competition awards while providing them professional performance experiences that furthers their skills and careers.
  • Offering community exposure to visual and performing arts through education and outreach programs.
  • Continuing the traditions of visual and performing arts by presenting professional productions.
  • Strengthening the regional, cultural and artistic community by collaborating with a diverse range of arts organizations.
  • Maintaining a professional, fiscally responsible not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of artistic excellence for Southern California and its environs.