This week: ART(S)MASH gallery showcase and youth artist conference

Youth Art Exchange interns are spending their final week preparing for two back-to-back showcase events!

Each summer Youth Art Exchange (YAX) interns engage in month-long intensive art practice in a variety of disciplines. This summer, the students engaged with the question, “As artists, how do we contribute to a thriving community?” From engaging with their neighborhoods through documentary, to beautifying the city, and even collaborating with local artists to question the history of resistance in San Francisco, the Youth Art Exchange interns have worked hard to interrogate their place in the San Francisco community and how their art impacts the community around them.

YAX interns have been pushed to think about intersections. Where their art intersects with community, individuals and where these pieces fit or “smash” against each other. As the city of San Francisco changes, we have to ask what is the place of artists to preserve and lift up what the community values. How do artists document and bring awareness to our changing city? How do we create dynamic spaces where our art can live? How do we help our community thrive, not just survive?

Art(S)mash is about asking our youth those questions and engaging with the community to tease out some answers. Art is an exchange. Between the artist and the audience, between artist themselves, between the artist and their subject, and hopefully, here between our young artists and the community at large.

This Wednesday, June 28, join us from 3–5PM for the opening reception of YAXhibition: ART(S)MASH at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery at San Francisco State University. RSVP here.

On Thursday, June 29, YAX hosts ART(S)MASH: Youth Artist Conference at the San Francisco Public Library, featuring hands-on printmaking demonstrations, an artist panel and networking, and a special performance by YAX’s percussion ensemble in the Koret Auditorium. RSVP here.

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