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.


Now enrolling for Fall 2019 free arts programs!

We are currently enrolling San Francisco public high school students for our FREE after school fall programs in the following disciplines: Architecture FirmIndustrial + Product Design, Black + White PhotographyFashion Design, Filmmaking, Music Production, and Printmaking.

Click here to apply!

Call for art submissions from Bay Area LGBTQ Youth: Be Seen


YAX is celebrating LGBTQ Pride with Be Seen: Bay Area LGBTQ Youth Art Show at [x]space arts hub in June. Be Seen will be a space for LGBTQ-identifying youth under 25 years old to show their artwork and be seen, appreciated, and celebrated. It is a space especially for LGBTQ youth whose experiences and identities are marginalized and underrepresented, such as youth of color, girls, first generation youth, low-income youth, and youth experiencing homelessness.

If you’re interested in showing your work (in any medium - visual, audio, video, 3D, performance, written, etc), email Chantelle at Artwork must be submitted at [x]space (5137 Mission St) by June 20.

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YAX is hiring a Filmmaking faculty artist for summer 2019 & a Photography faculty artist for fall 2019!


YAX is seeking experienced faculty artists to be a part of our vibrant youth arts center in San Francisco. Read more on our Jobs page. Apply for:

  1. A Filmmaking faculty artist for our summer program. Click here for the job description. Application deadline: May 24.

  2. A Photography faculty artist for our fall program. Click here for the job description. Application deadline: June 30.

Save the Date: ArtMart Art Auction + Fundraiser October 10!


ArtMart: YAX’s yearly art auction fundraiser will be on October 10 from 6:30 to 9pm at [x]space arts hub!

Join Youth Art Exchange for our annual fundraising event at [x]space! Last year we raised $$ for YAX programs and had a blast showing off our new meat market turned arts hub. 

We are so excited to share our space with food and drink, auction pieces from our youth, artists, and community of supporters. Please join us for an evening of art, community, and fun! More details coming soon. We are currently seeking auction items, so if you have art pieces to donate or connections to local business, please reach out to Chantelle at

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. The next volunteer orientation is June 4. 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,

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