Art changes lives. Youth need art. We work with a faculty of artists to spark a shared creative practice between professional artists and public high school students, furthering youth as leaders, thinkers, and artists in San Francisco as they explore the arts and themselves.


KQED music editor Nastia Voynovskaya visited YAX to write about our creation and transformation of [x]space. The article, Sealed for 10 Years, an Excelsior Butcher Shop Becomes a Vibrant Teen Art Space, showcases how we created a “vital space for diverse student artists”. The piece shares the importance of this type of space in San Francisco and its importance to youth. It was also picked up as a feature in the New York Times California Today newsletter. We want to emphasize that we couldn’t do this work without support from the YAX philanthropic community. Donate to keep our work going and come see it in person at ArtMart.


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Join Youth Art Exchange for the Bay Area’s largest gathering of youth artists and youth-serving organizations! Now in its ninth year, the San Francisco Youth Arts Summit is at California College of the Arts, featuring a full day of visual, multimedia, and performing arts.

This year’s theme is “RADICAL HOPE”. On Sunday, December 8th, CCA will come alive with hands-on arts activities, gallery exhibits, and performance competition. The SFYAS is sponsored by Spin and Lick-Wilmerding High School.

Read more here.

EPA: Excelsior Public Art Events - Quarterly Event October 19


EPA is a collaborative effort to celebrate, present, and promote the arts in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. Established in 2019, EPA is rooted in over a decade of community-based efforts to create free public arts experiences for the neighborhood. During 2019-2020, EPA will be a collection of FREE events occurring regularly in the Excelsior with quarterly events on October 19, January 18, April 18, and June 20 and monthly events throughout the neighborhood. Come to just one or come to all the events! Read more about EPA.

October 19 events include:

11-6pm (Saturday October 19-Sunday October 20)
ArtSpan Open Studios/Youth Open Studios
[x]space arts hub (Youth Art Exchange youth, ArtSpan Artist KB)
Engine 43 (6 local artists)

Additional locations and artists throughout the Excelsior

11-1pm: Youth Art Exchange Workshop: Graphic Sublayer Transfer Systems Workshop
[x]space arts hub, 5137 Mission Street

12-5pm: Community Art Project by resident artist North Smucker
Engine 43, 724 Brazil Avenue

1-3pm: Green Art Workshop Visiting Artist Series: DIY Costume Making
[x]space arts hub, 5137 Mission Street

3-5pm: ArtSpan: Paper mask Artmaking with ArtSpan Artist Andreana Rosnik
Cumaica Coffee, 4726 Mission Street

4pm: Live Music Performance by Roo (Guitar/Vocals)
Engine 43, 724 Brazil Avenue

Sign up for Spring 2020 free after school classes!

We are now accepting San Francisco public high school students for our Spring 2020 free after school arts classes! Classes meet twice a week and we offer: Architecture Firm, Industrial + Product Design, Black + White Photography, Fashion Design, Filmmaking, Music Production, and Printmaking. Priority deadline to apply is January 22!

Click here to apply!


Do you want to support free arts programming for public high school youth in San Francisco? Come to our monthly volunteer orientation at [x]space on the first Tuesday of every month from 6-7pm. Come to meet staff, learn about programming, and how you can get involved to help our space and our programs. Bring a friend, meet new people, and eat popcorn! All ages welcome.

Click here to learn more about how you can volunteer with YAX, and to get in touch about specific ideas you might have for volunteering,

Click event titles more information. See all our upcoming events here.