Thank you, California Arts Council!


The California Arts Council has announced $8,726,168 in grants to California nonprofit organizations under ten unique, competitive grant programs. 712 grants will be awarded for programs supporting arts education; underserved communities; veterans and their families; local economic development; arts and community development; creative placemaking; and arts service organizations.

Youth Art Exchange has received three awards:

  • Professional Development and Consulting (PDC) program will help YAX strengthen organizational capacity and refine our strategic plan to continually strengthen our impact and work with the youth we serve.
  • Artists Activating Communities (AAC) grant will support the development of a new parklet in the Mission, designed by youth in our architecture program and led by Craig Hollow, YAX’s Architecture Program Director.
  • Artists in Schools (AIS) provides support for an Architecture residency for 30 San Francisco public high school youth in the Excelsior neighborhood, in partnership with John O’Connell High School.

Listen to Craig talk about the importance and potential of architecture in the lives of young artists, and check out some of the work YAX youth have produced in this video:

YAX printmakers explore favorite books

This June, 13 printmaking interns gathered for an intensive 3-week course at Mission Grafica to design posters on their favorite books. The interns discussed their needs for reading books as well as how books have provoked their imaginations and creativity. The interns’ collective concerns were how the technological phenomenon is emerging and impacting not only their own lifestyles but the society.


Through many conversations on insightful excerpts and unearthing the valuable messages of the book, the interns translated their visions through the medium of screenprinting, allowing their ideas to appear on a two-dimensional surface. The explorations through the print medium allowed them to contemplate on the formal elements of the work such as color, shape, composition, texture, form and etc. The interns spent a lot of time carefully depicting the imagery to bring out the emotions and lucid narrative of the book that also delivered their perception of the book.

Save the date: Summer Showcase


On June 23, Youth Art Exchange presents an exhibition of work created by youth in our summer internship programs, in partnership with SFJAZZ and the San Francisco Public Library.

4–6PM at the Koret Auditorium: see work from our printmakers and photographers in the gallery and enjoy a vibrant performance by youth from our traditional percussion program on the stage.

6–7PM at The Mix: join us for screenings of films produced by youth in our digital media program and a reception with light refreshments.

RSVP here or on Facebook

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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. This exhibition features work from youth in our Digital Photo/Video, Printmaking, and Traditional Percussion internships.