March news: PARTY TIME + reasons to celebrate!

March marks the halfway point in our Spring semester! YAX students are getting deeper into their process and projects, and we’re coordinating a full schedule of upcoming events. Check out our March calendar:

Thursday, March 16: catch Sierra Reading – YAX’s Fashion Design instructor – talking about her teaching practice at 2017 Creative Practice Exchange: Student Voice. Community Power. presented by the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area and the Museum of African Diaspora. The Creative Practice Exchange will showcase the way educators bring creativity, critical thinking, and innovation to their classrooms. RSVP here.

Friday, March 17: District 7 residents, help YAX expand our work in public spaces by voting for us in the upcoming round of Participatory Budgeting. Read more about our project and vote online March 17–31!

Tuesday, March 21: In solidarity with National Arts Advocacy Day, we’re headed to San Francisco City Hall! Join a contingency of artists, arts administrators, cultural producers, and art + culture ambassadors to RALLY and share with Supervisors and staff our (1) policy priorities, (2) a message of “No Cuts,” and (3) personal and collective stories about the transformative nature of cultural and creative expression to make San Francisco a better place to live for everyone.  Join us and show up for arts and culture in San Francisco! 12PM–1PM at San Francisco City Hall. Learn more and RSVP on Facebook.

Thursday, March 23: YAX printmakers showcase their new work at the State of California Building! Join us from 5–6:30PM for an artist’s reception at Assemblymember David Chiu’s office: 455 Golden Gate Ave, Suite 14300.

Saturday, March 25: celebrate spring, art, young artists, and community at the Third Annual Howth St. Block Party! Presented in collaboration with Lick-Wilmerding High School, the Block Party is a neighborhood celebration of youth-driven art & culture, featuring performances, live music & DJs, visual art, workshops, games, food, kids zone, movies, and more!
Block Party: 2–5PM • Community Movie Night: 5–7PM

Howth Street between Geneva & Ocean Avenue

• FREE • open to all • rain* or shine •

RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite!
*in case of rain, the Block Party will take place in the Lick-Wilmerding High School gym.

YAX is planning a collaborative community mural arts project to create small scale murals on utility boxes along Ocean Avenue and neighboring streets. YAX faculty artists in printmaking and photography will work with public high school students to develop installations, which will allow youth to publicly showcase their voices in the city and to engage community members with the arts in their neighborhood. If you live in District 7, you can help make this project happen by voting in D7 Participatory Budgeting! From March 17–31, vote online or via paper ballot at the Ingleside or West Portal libraries.


Ten years ago, Raffaella came to YAX (then Out of Site) as an extern from the architecture graduate program of California College of the Arts. She jumped in, teaching architecture and then dance, becoming instrumental to the management of our after school programs. Over the last decade, she has been the face of YAX to program participants and partners, forming strong and lasting relationships that have supported our growth and leadership as a youth arts institution in San Francisco and becoming the Director of Programs. From providing opportunities for our students to participate in Carnaval through dance and building of a float, to initiating the first youth-led parklet in San Francisco and co-founding the Youth Arts Summit, her colorful and enthusiastic nature have left a visible imprint on the city.

Now, we are so excited to share in her joy as she welcomes the newest YAX participant with her husband, Alfie (YAX Faculty in Music). Raffaella is on leave through mid-July, celebrating the birth of her beautiful son, Valentino. He’ll be dancing and drumming in no time!

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