SF high school students: apply now for summer internships, get paid for your creativity!

San Francisco youth: have you ever thought about a career in the arts? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun way to earn some money over the summer while doing something that matters. Through these internships at Youth Art Exchange, you’ll develop real art skills, learn how you can use the arts to have a positive impact in the community, gain job experience and walk away with some cash in your pocket.

The application deadline is May 13, 2015 at 5PM. Apply on our website or stop by our office for a paper application (29 Howth St, between Ocean & Geneva). If you have questions, contact Alysha: 415.574.8137 or alysha@youthartexchange.org

We’re looking for 12 youth to fill positions in each of the following tracks:

Do you want to make an impact in your city? In this internship you will learn tangible design skills including idea creation, drafting, scale, modeling, 3D computer modeling and most importantly construction skills. You will both design and build a street furniture project for the Excelsior neighborhood. You will learn how to take your idea from creation to reality. In this internship, you will work with architects, city planners and community members and you will get an introduction of what it is like to be an architect. By the end of this internship, your built street furniture project will be permanently installed at the Persia Triangle in the heart of the Excelsior neighborhood.

Have you ever taken a hard look at the clothes that you’re wearing? What are they made of? Where did they come from? How is that shirt different than what Marc Jacobs just made? In this internship you will learn tangible design skills such as fashion illustration, pattern drafting, digital textile design, weaving, and garment construction to enhance your knowledge and awareness of the fashion industry.  This internship is designed for students looking to enhance not only their craft of sewing, but for those who are interested in the business ( and sometimes tough realities) of fashion as we visit factories and fashion designers who focus on local, California, production.  This internship can be a great opportunity for those looking to study fashion or textiles, giving you a peak into college-level assignments and critiques, not to mention a fantastic boost to your portfolio.  As an intern, you will have the opportunity to design a small, three-piece, clothing collection.  The culmination of our time together will be illustrated through a full runway show where you will adorn your garments you’ve designed and created!

This summer, we are also collaborating with Geneva Car Barn to offer a  paid Journalism internship, held at City College of San Francisco.  In this internship, you will be focusing on food justice journalism and answering the question:  What role does access to nutrition play in a community? For students with an interest in social justice and civic involvement, this class will teach you the basics of journalism, a crucial practice for advocating and illuminating important causes. Over three weeks, students will receive instruction in data gathering, talking to sources, writing for print, and best practices in journalism. Each student will start with an idea and work in the community to develop a complete story that will be published in the Ingleside-Excelsior Light, a neighborhood newspaper, accompanied by photos from a parallel photojournalism class.

What kind of photographs do we make from an artistic perspective? When we are not shooting for an assignment, or a job, (or for our Instagram profile!), we can fully tap into our creative potential. This internship is geared towards young photographers looking to further explore fine art photography. You will mainly work in black & white photography, shooting film on SLR cameras. You’ll use a professional darkroom to develop your film and print your photographs. As an intern you will meet several artists using photography in different ways and visit museums & galleries and learn from curators what goes into making an exhibition. Along the way you will be introduced to various forms of self-promotion: the artist statement, resume and website. You will learn about the benefits (and drawbacks) to going to arts school, and if necessary, get tips on applying. Overall, you will expand your body of work and leave the program with a cohesive portfolio. The culmination of the program will be a self-created & curated group exhibition at a local arts venue! This internship is open to all public high school students, but prior experience in film photography and the B&W darkroom is strongly preferred. Most importantly, you must be passionate about photography!

When you think of your favorite music or song, you probably think first of the rhythm, the heartbeat that carries through the music. Most often this pulse is driven by the drumbeat, the percussion in the music. Music moves us all, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work as a professional percussionist, you should consider applying to this internship. As a percussion intern, you will gain experience in identifying and understanding different musical genres, their origins and cultural significance (Cuban, Brazilian, American Jazz, Pop Music and more). In this internship, you will get a chance to learn from professional musicians from SFJAZZ. You will learn what it takes to be a professional musician, for example to work as a percussionist/accompanist in different settings, such as for a professional dance class or with other musicians for musical performances and community presentations or demonstrations. You will also learn general care and maintenance of percussion equipment and gain knowledge in how to teach basic percussion.

April 2015 News from YAX

April is a busy month at Youth Art Exchange! Join us at these upcoming events:

April 9 – 11: Market St Prototyping Festival | YAX young architects joined forces with YBCA’s Young Artists at Work to create the Tag Tunnel, to debut at the Market St Prototyping Festival. Designed and built by youth to create a safe place for all people to interact and engage with Market Street, Tag Tunnel is comprised of a gallery for youth street art as well as a forum for sharing ideas. A chalkboard exterior with prompts written by youth invites everyone to write on walls and join a public exchange of private thoughts. As responses cover the exterior, the project will transform from an anonymous black shell into a colorful vision of the thoughts and ideas of people in the city. In the tunnel created between the sheltering walls, a small gallery will provide a glimpse of art made specifically for the Tag Tunnel by some of San Francisco’s most prolific youth street artists. Tag Tunnelwill be a secure place to voice opinions and let youth write freely.

April 11: OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center’s 5th Annual Family Resource Fair | OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center and James Denman Middle School host a resource fair featuring carnival games, food, and performances, including a debut by the Spring 2015 YAX dance class, 10AM-2PM. Discover resources & information from organizations providing services for children, youth, and families in District 11 and beyond. James Denman Middle School: 241 Oneida Ave, San Francisco

April 12: Ocean Avenue Parklet cleanup | We’re looking for volunteers to help clean and spruce up the Ocean Avenue Mobile Parklet to prepare for its move from Foglifter Cafe to the San Francisco Public Library’s Ingleside Branch. Sign up here to lend us a hand from 1PM–4PM.

April 17: YBCA Young Artist Laboratory | YAX dancers will perform as part of the first ever Young Artist Laboratory, a youth-created performance installation and exhibition that looks critically at how various social justice issues are connect to the economy of consumption.

SAVE THE DATE  May 2: Spring Session POP UP Block Party | Celebrate the creativity of YAX youth, featuring a showcase of student work from the spring session of Architecture, Dance, Printmaking, Digital Beatmaking, Fashion Design, and Photography classes. Enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment, a special performance by the San Francisco Mime Troupe, DJs and music, a red carpet runway show, food trucks, interactive youth-led workshops, art for sale, & more! RSVP here.

Pavement to Parks is celebrating 5 years of beautifying the streets of San Francisco with parklets! Architecture students at Youth Art Exchange built the Ocean Avenue Mobile Parklet in 2014 and are currently envisioning and prototyping other projects for the program.

The work of our architecture students and interns, led by Architecture Program Manager Craig Hollow, are highlighted in Filling Spaces in Urban Puzzle in the San Francisco Chronicle, on the celebration of 5 years of shifting the landscape of San Francisco on StreetsBlogSF, and in this video celebrating the community building power of parklets from Pavement to Parks:

Hear from parklet sponsors and designers in San Francisco about how their community-initiated projects have proven assets to their neighborhoods.
Have you ever thought about a career in the arts? We’re looking for youth who are excited to build on their art skills, work alongside professional artists, learn how to use art to make a positive impact in their communities, and gain job skills, all while getting paid! Applications are due Wednesday, May 13.
For more information and to apply, visit our website, stop by the office at 29 Howth Street (between Ocean and Geneva), or contact Alysha at alysha@youthartexchange.org

Calling all visual, performing and installation artists! All ages of individual artists and groups are encouraged to apply for Arts in the Excelsior (ArtE), a neighborhood arts walk happening on May 8th.

Over the last 6 years, Youth Art Exchange (YAX), Excelsior Action Group, and community residents have annually come together in the Excelsior to produce several small art walk events featuring local artists and community groups. At the beginning of 2015, YAX convened the existing art walk stakeholders and additional organizations, described below, who are active in the Excelsior to focus on developing a new series of art events during the coming year. This group has since formalized into a working group, ArtE (Arts in the Excelsior), to steward these events and engage community through the arts.

Visual & installation artists are eligible for a stipend of up to $500, and performance stipends range from $50-200. The deadline to apply is April 12, 2015 at 5PM!

For more information and to apply, please click here to visit our website.


April 9 – 11

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Deadline to apply
April 12, 2015 at 5pm

Friday, April 17, 2015


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hey YAX artists – if you are a faculty member or student, here are some opportunities you might be interested in. Let us know how we can support your applications!

Eva Gunther Foundation (to continue your work in the arts; apply at any time).
San Francisco Youth Commission (represent youth at City Hall! Applications due April 20).

Creative Capacity Fund (applications due every 15th of the month).