Our year-round arts + leadership programming for San Francisco public high school students features a number of different ways to get involved.

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After School Sessions

Most of our programming occurs in our after school sessions. Our current disciplines include ArchitectureIndustrial + Product Design, Black + White PhotographyFilmmaking, Music ProductionFashion DesignDance, and Printmaking. Read more about the disciplines here.

We are now enrolling students for the Fall 2019 session!

Click here for class descriptions, and apply here!

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In-School Residencies

We partner with San Francisco high schools to offer in-school residencies taught by our faculty artists. For the Spring 2019 session, we are partnering with Leadership High School to offer YAX Printmaking and Music Production classes to Leadership students. TIf you want your school to host Youth Art Exchange programs during the school day, please click below for more information.


Summer Intensives

July 15th – August 1st, 2019
Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm

We offer summer intensive versions of our classes where students concentrate on the discipline for four days per week, allowing them to dive deeply into their learning of arts and leadership skills. Our summer 2019 intensives are in Filmmaking, Music Production, and Printmaking.

This program is open to students who will be in 9th-12th grade in Fall 2019 in a San Francisco public high school. All students must be under 18.



July 8th – August 1st, 2019
Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm

ArtBUILD is an interdisciplinary STE(A)M (science, technology, engineering, (arts), and mathematics) architecture, fashion, art, and design program. It is a program which applies the principles of design thinking to real-world issues.

This program is open to students who will be in 9th grade in Fall 2019 in a San Francisco public high school (current 8th graders).


Youth Advisory Board

Our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) demonstrates the highest rung on the ladder of leadership at the organization and is a group of high school students who help create, lead, and support the programs. YAB members have been program participants, interns, classroom and teaching assistants- or those who have just stood out as exceptional- and have aspired to inform program development, implementation, and strategic initiatives. YAB members select staff and faculty members, evaluate programs, and provide the youth perspective to our work. YAB members write grants, plan events, advocate for arts education and are the voice of young artists in San Francisco.


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Transformed from a meat market (Chuck’s Market) in the Excelsior that was shuttered for nearly a decade, this space is focused on creative exchange between artists and community. It is an active arts center by Youth Art Exchange with free classes and programming for San Francisco public high school students, workshops, a youth printshop, Green Art Workshop, an ArtSpan artist studio, an art gallery, event space, community meeting space, and venue rentals.