We boast a diverse faculty of Professional Artists who live and work in the Bay Area with a passion for engaging and mentoring youth in a shared creative process. The relationship of artist-to-emerging high school artists is at the core of the Youth Art Exchange experience, creating access points to the Bay Area arts community and a broader knowledge of contemporary arts practices.

Alfie Macias  |  Digibeats + Music

Alfie teaches Afro-Brazilian drumming and percussion ensemble. He has studied and performed with noted percussionists, Gamo Paz and Jorge Alabe from Brazil, and locally with Carlos Aceituno, Zeke Neally and Kwaku Dady as well as ensembles including Aguas de Bahia and Fogo Na Roupa. He is an accomplished salsa dance instructor and also teaches with Loco Bloco, the San Francisco Arts Education Project and Project Avary, a summer arts camp for at-risk youth. Alfie has been the musical director of both Loco Bloco & is the musical director of the dance company Sambaxé. He and his drumming students regularly collaborate with Sambaxé. Alfie has been with Out of Site for six years. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Contact: alfie@youthartexchange.org | Website:

Craig HollowArchitecture + Public Art

Craig taught at Youth Art Exchange for the first time in the Spring of 2012, leading the final design/build phase of the Mama Arts Café parklet in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco. A designer at Sagan Piechota Architecture in San Francisco, Craig studied architecture at the University of Washington after working eight years as an artist-blacksmith in Seattle, Washington. Formerly a director of Smoke Farm, a non-profit arts and education experiment on a 360-acre farm near Seattle, managing habitat restoration projects and founding its annual summer arts festival, Craig is an internationally certified Passive House Designer and a co-chair of Passive House California. With a decade of experience as both a designer and builder, Craig’s projects include grass-roots community design/build projects, custom houses, restaurants and cafés, and large public architectural projects.

Contact: craig@youthartexchange.org | Website:

Cristina GaitanArchitecture + Public Art

Cristina joined Youth Art Exchange through an extern program at California College of the Arts. With a strong foundation of architecture and design, Cristina quickly took the reigns on several design/build projects this year.

Contact: cristina@youthartexchange.org | Website:

 Jesus Cortez  |  Latin Fusion Dance

Jesus Cortes, began his training in Mexican folk dance when he was 6 years old under the direction of his uncle Juan Natoli. In 2000, he started dancing with Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez in the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. He became a soloist in the role of The Deer Dance “La Danza Del Venado” and toured Mexico, Europe and the US. He was the company choreographer and lead teacher for Los Niños de Santa Fe y Compañia. In addition he taught hundreds of elementary school children as part of the Arts in the Schools program in Española, New Mexico. He joined Moving People Dance Theater performing Contemporary, Jazz and Modern in June 2005. In 2006 he founded and was the artistic director of Arte Sin Fronteras, a new dance school/company in rural Northern New Mexico. Currently, he lives in San Francisco and teaches in several public elementary schools. He was also the sub-director for Ballet Folklórico Ensambles. He is a lead teacher and choreographer for Dancing Earth and is founder and artistic director of Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza.

Contact: jesus@youthartexchange.org | Website:

Sierra ReadingFashion Design

Sierra is a California based artist/designer currently living and working throughout the Bay Area. She received her BFA in Textiles from the California College of the Arts, and her work focuses on the process of creating a garment and the care for the already made.

Contact: sierra@youthartexchange.org | Website:

Adam Donnelly |  Photography

Information coming soon.

Contact: adam@youthartexchange.org | Website:


These faculty join Youth Art Exchange through partnerships from other institutions. More information coming soon… 


These faculty have been nominated and awarded status as a member of the 2014 inaugural Faculty Emeritus due to excellence as a faculty member, dedication to work as a practicing artist, and leadership as an artist/mentor to Youth Art Exchange students. They have uniquely forged new boundaries in Printmaking as your primary discipline, enhancing and expanding our work with public high school students.

Maggie Preston  |  Black + White Photography 

Faculty Emeritus

Maggie Preston is a native Northern Californian who earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts, and has taught at Out of Site since 2009. She has exhibited her photo-based artwork at many galleries and non-profit institutions including SF Camerawork, Queen’s Nails Projects, Houston Center for Photography, Ampersand International Arts and the SF Arts Commission Gallery. She has been an artist-in-residence at RayKo Photo Center.

Contact: maggie@youthartexchange.org | Website: www.maggiepreston.com

 Imin Yeh  |  Printmaking Faculty Emeritus

Imin creates sculptures, installations, downloadable crafts, and participatory artist-led projects. She is a recipient of a 2012 commission from the San Jose Museum of Art supported by the Irvine Foundation, 2011 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, a 2010 Irvine Fellowship at the Sally and Don Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Art Center and awarded a 2 x 2 Solos exhibition at ProArts Gallery in 2010.  She received a 2009 Barclay Simpson MFA Award (2009), the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship (2008) and the Yozo Hamaguchi Endowed Scholarship in 2007. She has had recent residencies at Blue Mountain Center (NY), Montalvo Art Center (CA) and Mission Grafica (CA).  She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had shown her work at SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Art, Incline Gallery, Southern Exposure, Meridian Gallery, Mission Cultural Center, ProArts Gallery in Oakland, 18 Reasons, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. She has an upcoming project at the Zero1 Biennal and at Intersection for the Arts.  She has just finished running a year-long fake contemporary art space called SpaceBi (www.spacebi.org) that takes place in the Asian Art Museum, where she will be exhibiting this Spring. She also recently received a Fleishhacker Fellowship.

Contact: imin@youthartexchange.org | Website: www.iminyeh.info