CULTIVATE. EXPRESS. CREATE: The 7th Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit (2017)

In December 2017, Youth Art Exchange and dozens of arts organizations from across the San Francisco Bay Area presented a two-day celebration of young artists using creativity to amplify their voices and power.

On Friday, December 1: 5–730PM, SOMArts and YAX hosted 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 came 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 ValenciaArtist & Craftsman SupplyArts Education Alliance of the Bay AreaBay Area Video CoalitionBAYCATCircus CenterLarkin Street Youth ServicesLick-Wilmerding High School • The Mix at SFPLPyramindQueer Ancestors ProjectRoot DivisionRYSE Youth CenterRuth Asawa School of the ArtsSFJAZZSOMArtsSouthern ExposureStreetside StoriesSunset Youth ServicesThe Academy’s Latin Dance TeamToday’s Future SoundWhere Art LivesYBCAYoung People’s Teen Musical Theatre Companyand more!

Check out some photos from the 7th Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit: