Each summer, Youth Art Exchange offers 50 paid internships in the arts to public high school students in San Francisco. Interns receive professional experience in their medium and a stipend upon completion. Here are a few highlights from the 2016 summer session:
★ YAX’s printmaking interns gathered at Mission Grafica every day for three weeks to design posters on their favorite books, which were then put on display at the San Francisco Public Library. See their fantastic collection of work here and on display in the library at City College of San Francisco Ocean Campus (opens November 20 and on display through May 2017 – stay tuned for details)
★ Building on the design foundations created by YAX youth-led architecture firm, our architecture interns worked with the San Francisco Public Library and the Asian Art Museum to finalize the design of their Art/Lit Living Innovation Zone public art project. Check out this film about the architecture internship, by YAX superstar Carmen – a graduating senior who was a student in our Architecture program for several years, helped guide YAX via her participation in the Youth Advisory Board, and was active in both the Digital Media and Architecture internships this summer:
★ Multi-Media/Digital Photography was a pilot program that grew into our new Filmmaking course. Digital Media interns learned the basics of digital photography and video, then worked together to direct, shoot, and edit their own films, documentaries, and animation. Their work was presented as a mini film festival at the Mix at SFPL. See some of the work they produced here.
★ YAX’s Traditional Percussion/Composition/Performance internship is presented in collaboration with SFJAZZ. Interns learned about different musical styles, percussion instruments, their origins and cultural significance (Cuban, Brazilian, American Jazz, Pop Music and more). Each week, they worked with visiting artists from SFJAZZ, then performed at YAX’s Summer Showcase in the Koret Auditorium. Our filmmaking interns produced this beautiful video about the percussion program: