SF Youth Arts Summit



 Youth Art Exchange presents Art Sparks Action : The 8th Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit, a celebration of young artists and their vibrant contributions to the creative and cultural fabric of San Francisco.

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 is a two day event that kicks of with a youth film festival and 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, film makers, 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.

This year’s theme is “Art Sparks Action.” and it will be at California College of the Arts on Friday & Saturday, November 30 & December 1, 2018.

Previous  participants have included:

San Francisco Art Institute

California College of the Arts

Santa Fe University

Artist & Craftsman

First Exposures

Hip Hop for Change

Circus Center

June Jordan High School

Larkin Street Youth

Root Division

San Francisco Public Library

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

The Marsh Youth Theater

Youth Speaks

826 Valencia

Streetside Stories





SF Mime Troupe

Today’s Future Sound

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Youth Art Exchange

Youth Leadership Institute


Re-live the 7th Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit – or see some of what you missed! Photos from the weekend are up on our website. Check them out here.