Photos from the opening of our Spring 2019 Exhibition: Belonging. Youth Art Exchange spring 2019 students, family, friends, and YAX community gathered at [x]space arts hub on May 3, 2019. Work was showcased by Spring 2019 YAX students of all disciplines: Architecture Firm, Industrial + Product Design, Black + White Photography, Fashion Design, Filmmaking, Music Production, and Printmaking classes. Students sold their work, there was a live block printing activity, and we celebrated the end of another successful YAX program!Read More
Photos and videos from the second annual Youth Digital Music Festival at [x]space arts hub on May 3, 2019.
Youth Art Exchange brought together young musicians from across the San Francisco Bay Area for the second annual YDM: Youth Digital Music Festival at [x]space arts hub.
YDM is a showcase featuring live performances, DJ sets, original music from Bay Area youth musicians, and a raffle for an Ableton Live Standard license. Built to be inclusive, YDM stands alone as a youth-led music festival now in its second year. It is a unique opportunity for young musicians to showcase work in front of a supportive audience of peers and music professionals. Youth from multiple organizations in the Bay Area come to network and collaborate as they transition into possible careers in multimedia and the arts.
Performers included The DJ Project, Today’s Future Sound, Xanubis, Last Minute Entertainment, and Youth Art Exchange music production students. Bay Area luminaries speaking at YDM included DJ/Producer Ray Reck and KQED Arts editor Nastia Voynovskaya.Read More
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.
On an overcast August afternoon, [x]space is bustling with dozens of teenagers, parents and neighbors eager to see summertime work by Youth Art Exchange students. A group of girls hawk screen-printed, hand-dyed patches and tote bags with slogans like "Melt I.C.E.!" Succulents in handmade planters hang from wooden "living walls" built by students themselves. At one point, kids beeline to the music studio in the back, where videos they recorded and edited screen in surround sound and high definition.
The neon pink meat hooks hanging above the music studio are the only evidence that just a year ago, this vibrant Excelsior art space was a derelict butcher shop that had been abruptly sealed shut and left as-is for 10 years.
On August 1, we celebrated our Summer Exhibition: Growth at [x]space which showcased the work by all our summer intensive students from: ArtBUILD (architecture + fashion design for rising 9th graders), Filmmaking, Music Production, and Printmaking. Below are photos from the exhibition as well as from throughout the summer! Thank you to all our amazing summer youth artists! You can see more from this summer on our Instagram.
Our ArtBUILD students built living walls, thanks Flora Grubb Gardens for donating the plants!Read More
Youth Art Exchange youth artists are running ✨[x]press✨, a Social Justice Pop Up Shop, at [x]space arts hub this summer! 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.
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 - RSVP
Saturday, July 27, 12-2pm: Block Printing + Pins and Black Lives Matter - RSVP
Saturday, August 3, 12-2pm: Cyanotype and Gender Politics - RSVP
[x]press is supported by a BLING grant from the Youth Leadership Institute!Read More
Celebration time! The California Arts Council awarded YAX an Artists in Schools grant to support our faculty to teach during the school day at Leadership High School, as well as an Artists in Communities grant to support YAX faculty and community artist residencies at [x]space arts hub, as part of its biggest investment in arts and culture statewide since 2001. Get all the details in the CAC’s latest press release: tiny.cc/CACGrants2019Read More
Valentin Nguyen, a graduating senior now on her way to UCLA, received a $1000 scholarship that the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals provides to one graduating female identifying senior from YAX each year. Valentin also received a Congressional Art Award from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her piece “I am a star?”. Her piece “I Want to Afford to Live” also hung in the San Francisco City Hall’s San Francisco Youth Commission exhibit this spring. This photo of Valentin was taken by one of our photography students and faculty at our pop up portrait studio at [x]space, our arts youth hub. We are so proud of Valentin, who took classes with YAX for years, and are happy to see her work recognized and celebrated! You can see more of Valentin’s work at instagram.com/val.in.teen.
Click to see photos of Valentin and her work!Read More
Carol Kocivar from KALW local San Francisco public radio spoke with two of our Youth Advisory Board Members, Mia Deno from our Fashion class and Fiona Gray from our Printmaking class, and our Program Manager Sofia Airaghi at [x]space arts hub on "Looking at Education." Listen to learn about our free arts programs for San Francisco public high school students and why YAX is necessary for San Francisco youth.
Fiona and Mia speak about how when they started taking classes at Youth Art Exchange, they had no experience with printmaking and fashion design, and YAX gave them the resources, mentorship, and confidence to pursue these art forms and develop leadership their skills.Read More
Bay Area LGBTQ Youth - Submit your art by June 20 to Be Seen: Bay Area LGBTQ Youth Art Show!
Youth Art Exchange (YAX) is looking for submissions of art made by Bay Area LGBTQ youth! YAX is celebrating LGBTQ Pride with Be Seen: Bay Area LGBTQ Youth Art Show at [x]space arts hub in the Excelsior 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 email@example.com. Artwork must be submitted at [x]space (5137 Mission St) by June 20.
YAX April 2019 News! Vote for YAX in District 7 Participatory Budgeting, come to (415) Public Gallery Exhibit and Mixer, free community printmaking workshop “Mapping Memory” with our faculty printmaker Alyssa Aviles, and more!Read More
Youth Art Exchange wants to open our walls to everyone living/working/loving in San Francisco. No, we really mean EVERYONE, whether you consider yourself an artist or not, we want your creativity in our gallery. All ages/all backgrounds. Contribute to our goal of 415 pieces in the show! Art will be displayed from April 1-20, 2019.Read More