November News from YAX

We’re busy preparing for We Have A Voice: The 6th Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit, featuring visual, technical, and performing arts from youth artists and organizations around the Bay Area. In the lead-up to the Summit, we’ll be showcasing the work of YAX youth around San Franciso, looking for submissions for The Summit’s Friday night youth film festival, hosting a CPR/First Aid certification course, thinking about the election, and more.


We’re excited that The 6th Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit is just around the corner – December 2 and 3! Over the next month, we’ll be putting finishing touches on all our big plans to bring you the best Summit ever. This year, we’re expanding the Summit to include a Friday night happy hour, gallery preview, and youth film festival. Find more info on The Summit and learn how to submit youth-produced films to our film festival here. RSVP on Eventbrite and/or Facebook!

This Saturday, November 5, YAX is hosting a CPR/AED/First Aid certification course – we want YOU to join us. Get info and register here.

YAX YOUTH: it’s MOVIE NIGHT on Thursday, November 10, come hang out and watch the new Ghostbusters! We’ll have snacks, games, trivia, and a Ghouls & Ghosts costume contest. Bring yourself and pillows or blankets! 7–10PM in the Student Center at Lick-Wilmerding High School.

From November 18 through May 4, 2017, work from YAX’s Fashion, Photography, Printmaking, and Architecture students will be on display for WE HAVE A VOICE: Celebrating Youth Artists in SF at the Rosenberg Library at City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus.

Early this year, Raffaella Falchi [YAX’s Director of Programs] and Alfie Macias [YAX’s Digibeats and Percussion instructor] were invited to Santa Fe to learn about building a bridge between Youth Art Exchange and Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Youth Art Exchange has an opportunity to nominate three college-bound seniors for a 40% discount on SFUAD tuition, which may be used in conjunction with grants, scholarships, and other forms of financial aid. SFUAD offers degrees in Arts Management, Contemporary Music (digital music), Creative Writing, Digital Arts, Film, Graphic Design, Photography, Studio Arts, and Theatre. Interested students should consult with YAX faculty or contact raffaella [at] for more information.


For the 6th Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit, YAX is hosting a youth film festival on Friday night, December 2. The festival will be curated by our film faculty, Matthew Brown, and we are seeking submissions of short films about 5 mins long. The theme of the Summit is “We Have a Voice” and we really want to showcase our young artists and their vision!
Youth are invited to submit their short films here by November 21.

Get certified in CPR/AED and First Aid! Youth Art Exchange will host a CPR/AED/First Aid certification course on Saturday, November 5 from 9am  – 1pm at Lick-Wilmerding High School (755 Ocean Avenue). There are 10 spaces available for community partners at $50/person.

Please let us know as the spaces will be filling up soon. Register using this form.
The class is taught by Safety Training and will provide certification upon completion.
COURSE: CPR/AED and First-aid (4 hours)
CPR/AED: covers CPR for all age groups, AED use and choke-saving
First Aid: covers bleeding control, seizures, epi pen use, allergic reactions and other emergencies.


We’re in the FINAL STRETCH of election season! Are you curious about arts funding initiatives on November ballots around the Bay Area? Join Arts for a Better Bay Area, Museum of the African Diaspora, SOMArts Cultural Center, and more for drinks, food, and discussion at an Election Mixer hosted by CounterPulse: Thursday, November 3, 5:30–7:30. RSVP here.


The YAX Fashion Design class has pulled together their personal market research and interviews with teenagers from all over the city to discover the true needs of a San Francisco high school student- a minimal backpack that won’t hit people on Muni but it can also carry everything a creative kid needs.  This design is a culmination of all of our ten students working collaboratively to create a backpack to end all backpacks. They recently visited BetaBrand and were invited to pitch a design to BetaBrand’s Think Tank. You’ll be the first to know if and when their design goes into the next phase of development!

YAX’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Lex Non Scripta, was recently awarded a fellowship with the YBCA Fellows program at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts. The YBCA Fellow program brings together creative citizens from across the Bay Area to engage in a yearlong process of inquiry, dialogue, and project generation.

waterislifeLex has also released a limited edition print to raise funds to support the Oceti Sakowin Camp and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their struggle to protect their waterways and land. For more information and to purchase a print, visit this link.

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