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

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