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.

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 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!Youth:
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).Faculty:
Creative Capacity Fund (applications due every 15th of the month).

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