CULTIVATE. EXPRESS. CREATE: The 7th Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit
Youth Art Exchange and dozens of arts organizations from across the San Francisco Bay Area will present a two-day celebration of young artists using creativity to amplify their voices and power.
On Friday, December 1: 5–730PM, SOMArts and YAX hosts a gallery preview, happy hour, auction artwork by YAX youth, and the second annual Youth Arts Summit Film Festival.
On Saturday, December 2: 1–5PM, the gallery will come alive with dozens of exhibits showcasing the work of youth from around The Bay, interactive activities and art making, food and drink, photobooths, live music and DJs, and a performance competition.
The San Francisco Youth Arts Summit, a project facilitated by Youth Art Exchange, is an annual gathering of young artists and arts educators, and the only event of its kind in the Bay Area. At the Summit, young artists lead and participate in workshops, interactive installations, exhibits, and performances. The Summit culminates with a performing arts competition open to all high school youth. In bringing together young artists from across the Bay Area, the Youth Arts Summit represents the next generation’s most innovative artists, architects, musicians, performers, and writers.
Youth and representatives from organizations across the Bay come together to plan the Summit, building leadership and youth voice within the arts education and arts advocacy landscape, and forging deeper connections between young people and the organizations that they represent. We want to connect self identified youth artists to various arts colleges and arts programs and are inviting higher education institutions to participate to provide information and portfolio advice. This spirit of collaboration carries throughout the Summit and beyond to create a growing network of young artists, youth arts organizations, and higher education.
Participating organizations include:
826 Valencia • Artist & Craftsman Supply • BAYCAT • Circus Center • Lick-Wilmerding High School • The Mix at SFPL • Pyramind • Queer Ancestors Project • Root Division • RYSE Youth Center • Ruth Asawa School of the Arts • SFJAZZ • SOMArts • Southern Exposure • Streetside Stories • Sunset Youth Services • The Academy’s Latin Dance Team • Today’s Future Sound • Where Art Lives • YBCA • Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company • and more TBA!
EXHIBIT YOUR WORK @ SFYAS
Youth organizations, schools, and individual artists – showcase your work at the San Francisco Youth Arts Summit! The SFYAS is a unique opportunity to share your art with hundreds of youth and arts supporters from all around San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Schools and organizations interested in exhibiting visual artwork in the gallery and/or tabling: fill out this form or contact Raffaella [@youthartexchange.org] for more information.
If you’re interested in participating in the SFYAS performance competition, contact Sofia [@youthartexchange.org].
The San Francisco Youth Arts Summit is presented by Youth Art Exchange and sponsored by Lick-Wilmerding High School and Artist and Craftsman Supply. Venue support generously provided by SOMArts, which is supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Check out pictures from The 2016 Summit: