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.


Get your tickets: ArtMart Art Auction + Fundraiser October 10!

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

Join Youth Art Exchange for ArtMart, our annual fundraising event at [x]space! Last year we raised $$ for YAX programs and had a blast showing off [x]space, our meat market turned arts hub. This is one of our few ways of getting unrestricted support for our programs, operations, and rent. We need our community to show up and make an impact! This is how we keep our programs free.  

On Thursday, October 10th, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9 PM share our space with food and drink, friends, and auction pieces from our youth, artists, and community of supporters. Please join us for an evening of art, community, and fun! Make art. Buy art. Support art. 

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

Sign up for an ArtMart volunteer shift here. Volunteers get a free ticket and a 50% off ticket for someone else.

Sign up for free after school classes: Music Production + Filmmaking!

We have a few spaces left for San Francisco public high school students to sign up for these FREE after school classes: Filmmaking and Music Production. Click here to apply!

We will be enrolling students for our Spring session soon.


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.