March happenings at YAX


Youth Art Exchange’s spring session is in full swing! Nearly 100 San Francisco public high school students are participating in our free arts classes, meeting twice a week to learn, dive into and explore their creative process, refine techniques, and inspire each other (and all the staff and faculty, of course).

We’re excited to celebrate the creativity and work of YAX youth and the midpoint of our Spring session at these upcoming events:

  • Saturday, March 12, YAX youth team up with Lick-Wilmerding High School students to present the 2nd Annual Howth Street Block Party.
  • Thursday, March 24, we’ll be toasting to art, educators, and the youth that inspire and sustain our work at our Spring Break Happy Hour.

We’d love to see you there!

Youth Art Exchange architecture firm students are designing an interactive origami dragon for the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Public Library as part of the planning department’s Living Innovation Zone Program. A Living Innovation Zone (LIZ) “seeks to invigorate our streets by creating venues for innovation, connection and play in public outdoor places central to people’s everyday lives.” Our students began working on the Art/Lit LIZ in October and developed their current design after months outreach to their clients and the local community, including the design and construction of a full-size prototype of a portion of the project that was featured at the Youth Art Summit and subsequently installed at the future site of the Art/Lit LIZ on Fulton Street at Civic Center in December. The students are in the final stages of refining their design, including the construction of test details and the creation of permit documents in preparation for the YAX summer program, when students will build the dragon!

Hoodline recently visited YAX architecture students to chat with them about their ideas, process, and experience with the Art/Lit LIZ project. Check it out here…


The Howth Street Block Party is right around the corner! On Saturday, March 12, Youth Art Exchange and Lick-Wilmerding High School will close off Howth Street for an afternoon of music & DJs, performances, hands-on workshops, food, games, and more!

Workshops include stencil making, screenprinting on tote bags and patches, knitting, digital beatmaking, embroidery, bookmaking, drumming, choreography & dance, guitar and song performance, button making, youth leadership, live building, and wallet making.

The Block Party is free and open to all – learn more and RSVP here or on Facebook.

On Thursday, March 24, The Hall hosts Youth Art Exchange for a happy hour, with bar proceeds benefitting YAX’s arts programs. Have a few drinks, grab a bite to eat at one of The Hall’s food vendors, get creative with live screenprinting led by YAX youth, and celebrate the unveiling of the bicycle-powered art cart/workshop station/art gallery design and built by YAX architecture students.

Happy Hour is free and open to all ages (though you must be 21+ to drink alcohol!). Your RSVP is requested and enters you into a prize drawing for original artwork, art supplies, treats, and YAX swag: bit.ly/YAXhappy16

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