We’re Hiring! Seeking Architecture & Construction Faculty for Fall 2015


Youth Art Exchange is seeking an experienced teaching artist to become a part of our vibrant nonprofit arts center in San Francisco’s Ingleside/Excelsior neighborhood. We are hiring for our Fall 2015 Session, which runs from September 14 – December 15, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4pm–6:30pm.

About Youth Art Exchange:
Youth Art Exchange offers free after-school, weekend and summer programs in visual and
performing arts to public high school students in San Francisco. Youth Art Exchange sparks a shared creative practice between professional artists and public high school students, furthering youth as leaders, thinkers, and artists in San Francisco. Our programs combine best practices in arts education and youth development. During the fall session we offer 6 visual & performing art
programs (architecture & construction, fashion design, digital music, black & white photography,
printmaking and dance).
Candidates must be professional designers or architects, preferably experienced in working with
urban high school youth. Our classes average a 15:1 student ratio. The teaching artist and the class
will be supported by YAX’s program staff and this class will be co-taught by Chris Wood, a shop
teacher from John O’Connell High School, and our Architecture Program Director, Craig Hollow.
Teaching artists are paid hourly as temporary part-time employees for class time, (2) field trips, prep time, (4) scheduled faculty meetings, as well as regular check-ins with program staff. The ideal candidate will be interested in teaching future sessions of the architecture course, in addition to the current course.
We are currently looking to fill an Architecture & Construction faculty position. Class is taught at
John O’Connell High School on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. You will be coteaching our introduction to design course to public high school students. Each session has a
culminating event in which student work is performed and exhibited for the public.

Design/Build Projects:
Students in the Youth Art Exchange architecture and construction program have designed and built several public projects in San Francisco including the 1st parklet in the Excelsior district and the 1st mobile parklet on Ocean Avenue. Other built projects include a pavilion for the Asian Community Garden in the Bayview and a mobile kiosk for the Persia Triangle. Design/Build projects for the upcoming school year include designing and building a LIZ (living innovation zone) in collaboration with The Asian Art Museum, a mobile art cart, prototyping deployable public seating/planters and designing and building a Tiny House. The architecture faculty team will work collaboratively to guide students in designing & building these public projects.

Job Description:
Working at Youth Art Exchange includes
– Teaching the Introduction to Design & Building course, which includes basic instruction in
technical drawing, sketching, 3d modeling using Sketchup, and use of basic shop tools,
including: measuring & marking tools, hand tools, screw guns, chop saw, tablesaw, and finish
– Collaborating with co-teachers.
– Refining curriculum and syllabus in collaboration with Architecture Program Director.
– Attending four faculty meetings and participating in professional development activities.
– Communicating with students, their families, and program staff regarding student issues.
– Seeking opportunities to collaborate with other YAX programs.
– Developing weekly lesson plans, and arranging supplies with Architecture Program Director.
– Curriculum and reflection meetings with Architecture Program Director.
– Developing and planning class field trips, and final public exhibition / performance.

Job Requirements:
Design background is required.
Experience or training in building or construction is preferred.
Teaching experience is preferred.

Application Process:
1. Please submit the following to raffaella [at ] youthartexchange.org
Cover letter responding to the following questions:
• What educational background and experience qualifies you to teach the fundamentals of
design and building?
• What have you done to develop relationships with and among your students?
• How would you create a curriculum that is challenging and engaging for diverse learners?
• Describe a teaching experience when you were thrown a “curveball” and how you handled
– Résumé

2. Youth Art Exchange will select candidates for a preliminary phone interview.

3. Candidates will be invited to come in for an interview with YAX staff and youth advisory board.
They will be asked to bring a presentation of sample work (candidate’s own and former students’)
and a sample lesson plan. As part of the interview, candidates will be asked to facilitate a 15-minute activity demonstrating their approach to teaching.

For more information visit http://www.youthartexchange.org or email info [at] youthartexchange.org.
Youth Art Exchange, a project of Tides Center, is an “at–will” and equal opportunity employer.
Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise Youth Art Exchange/Tides in writing of special needs at the time of application.


July 2015: Big transitions and final shows at Youth Art Exchange


It’s bittersweet to announce that our Director of Development Amy Díaz-Infante will be leaving Youth Art Exchange at the end of this month. She has decided to focus on her arts practice full time and will remain in the Bay Area as a friend and supporter. Amy has been a dedicated and passionate member of our staff and faculty for nearly 6 years.

In having a vibrant community of artists at YAX, it is one of our great hopes that they will be able to dedicate themselves fully to their arts practice. Amy’s departure from YAX will be felt all around- in our programs, among our staff, and in the relationships that she has fostered in her time at YAX.

Best of luck, Amy!


Hi Everyone,

I’ve been so proud to be a part of the growing and talented YAX team for the last 5 and ½ years. I’ve been lucky to experience our organization from multiple perspectives – joining initially as the first faculty member in Printmaking, then dedicating to YAX full-time as the Associate Program Director, and finally ending my tenure as the first Director of Development + Communications. I’ve developed a breadth of knowledge and wealth of relationships through these transitions, and similarly, have seen our organization grow in leaps and bounds over this relatively short period of time.

I’ve seen Youth Art Exchange develop new community partners, found the now annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit, and even take on a new name and brand. I’m proud to have been a part of this amazing community of artists, of all ages. I’m moving on so that I can dedicate more time to my own artistic practice, and look forward to keeping in touch with all of you through the new and exciting things yet to come.


Thursday, July 23 | Summer Internship Exhibition | 4–6PM
Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery at San Francisco State University: 1650 Holloway Ave
This Thursday at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery at San Francisco State University, Youth Art Exchange presents our final summer show! YAXhibition showcases work by interns in our achitecture, fashion design, and photography programs, with a special performance by our percussionists and guest artists from SFJAZZ.
The summer internships at Youth Art Exchange provide San Francisco public high school students hands-on job experience in the arts. They work with professional artists in a variety of arts disciplines, including architecture, photography, fashion design, and traditional percussion Students develop art skills and experience what it’s like to be a professional architect, fashion designer, musician, or photographer. At the end of this 4 week competitive paid internship program, students complete 120 hours working as an artist.

Save the Date: 
Sunday, August 16 | Excelsior Arts & Music Festival | 11AM–4PM
Mission Street at Ocean Ave
In collaboration with Sunday Streets, the Excelsior Arts & Music Festival, and ArtE (Arts in the Excelsior), Youth Art Exchange is excited to activate the Mission Street corridor with live music, interactive arts activities, and the unveiling of our Architecture Interns’ Mobile Kiosk! More info at excelsiorfestival.org

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).