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In 2000, we had a vision to provide a new model of high quality arts education to San Francisco public high school students.  Seventeen years later, we’re going strong as we spark a shared creative practice between professional artists and public high school students, furthering students as leaders, thinkers, and artists in San Francisco. Over the past 17 years, Youth Art Exchange has grown steadily in scope and service to San Francisco public high school students. We have transitioned from being a small, neighborhood-based organization to now engaging students from across San Francisco in free, multi-disciplinary arts classes. Our values centered on creativity, empowerment, exchange, opportunity, and learning are at the core of who we are as a vibrant arts organization, and as a leader of youth arts in San Francisco.

As the arts expand and flourish in San Francisco, they have declining numbers of artists of color contributing to them. Our programming fosters the exploration of fields like architecture and fine arts by youth, primarily low-income students or students of color, that may not generally have access. Because of this, it is foundational to our mission that our programs are free for all participants. To make sure that San Francisco public high school students have access to robust arts education, we invest $2500 per student per year.

It is critical that we raise funds to support this investment.

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