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.


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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

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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 chantelle@youthartexchange.org. Artwork must be submitted at [x]space (5137 Mission St) by June 20. Youth can sell their work and 3 youth with exceptional work will receive $50 giftcards to Blick.

Read more about the show here. Share/RSVP on Eventbrite + Facebook


YAX is hiring a Photography faculty artist for our Fall 2019 after school program!

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YAX is seeking an experienced faculty artist in both black and white photography and digital photography to become a part of our vibrant youth arts center in San Francisco. We are hiring a faculty member to start in our Fall 2019 Session, which runs from September 4 – December 11. Classes are tentatively scheduled to meet on Tuesdays 4-6pm and in the darkroom on Saturdays 3-7pm, with occasional events, meetings, and activities on weekends and evenings.

Click here for Photography job description. Application deadline: June 30.


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

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

Join YAX for our annual fundraising event at [x]space! 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!

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 chantelle@youthartexchange.org.


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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