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!


This summer: [x]press, a youth-run social justice pop up shop at [x]space!

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Youth Art Exchange youth artists are running ✨[x]press✨, a Social Justice Pop Up Shop, at [x]space arts hub this summer until August 1! Come to their three FREE workshops to make art and learn about the following art practices and themes:

Saturday, July 20, 12-2pm: Upcycling Clothes and Economic Inequality
Saturday, July 27, 12-2pm: Block Printing + Pins and Black Lives Matter
Saturday, August 3, 12-2pm: Cyanotype and Gender Politics

From July 17 until Aug 1, Wed-Sat from 12-5pm come by [x]space at 5137 Mission Street to buy totes, t-shirts and more that Maria, Mia, Fiona and Lillian have designed, dyed, and printed on.

[x]press is supported by a BLING grant from the Youth Leadership Institute!


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.

Use the Early Bird discount code earlybird to get your tickets for $40 ($10 off!) before July 31.


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 August 6. 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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