A smashing success!

Thank you to all who attended ART(S)MASH, celebrated and supported our amazing cohorts of youth, danced to the beats of YAX’s percussion ensemble, soaked in the wonderful array of printmaking and architecture work on display at the Cesar Chavez Student Center gallery, watched all the movies created by YAX’s filmmakers, and engaged with an fantastic panel of professional artists! ART(S)MASH was YAX’s first summer youth arts conference and was conceived and planned by our Youth Advisory Board, with support from YAX staff, faculty, and students.

Check out some photos from both days:

YAX is hiring Fashion Design faculty

Youth Art Exchange (YAX) is seeking an experienced faculty artist in fashion design to become a part of our vibrant youth arts center in San Francisco. We are hiring a faculty member to teach a fashion design class during our Fall 2017 Session. The after school class is held on Mondays & Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm at YAX and the fall session runs from September 11 – December 12, with occasional events, meetings, and activities on weekends and evenings. If interested in additional teaching hours, there is also the opportunity to teach an in-school fashion design class. We are proud to have a high retention of faculty members and encourage applicants to apply who are interested in teaching long term. Continue reading

You + YAX youth: popcorn, printmaking, percussion, paychecks

Double your ♡ of YAX!

Low income students who are highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education. – Americans for the Arts

YAX engages these public high school students in the arts, when most of their schools have limited arts programming. In some cases, YAX infuses arts learning directly into the school day at schools without art programs. In a year, YAX reaches 350 students and 4000 audience members.

During the month of June, we’re focusing on raising money for our exemplary youth arts programs. For 4 weeks, 45 youth interns from San Francisco public high schools will get together as artists: makers, performers, and presenters. Our Advisory Board has pledge to match the first $2500 raised during this campaign! We only have two weeks left! Show your ♡ and turn your $10 donation into $20, $50 into $100, or $100 into $200! If 250 people donate $10, we’ll meet our goal!

Here are some examples of what we turn your donations into: Continue reading

We got the grant(s)!

Youth Art Exchange is honored to receive ongoing support from the California Arts Council through its Artists Activating Communities, Artists In Schools, and Professional Development and Consulting grant programs! With these grants, CAC affords YAX more opportunities to expand our program offerings, build capacity as an organization, and foster connection, exchange, and creativity in YAX’s youth, teaching artists, and community. Continue reading