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Youth Art Exchange [San Francisco Youth Arts Summit]

Youth Art Exchange presents , a celebration of young artists and their vibrant contributions to the creative and cultural fabric of San Francisco.

The San Francisco Youth Arts Summit, a project facilitated by Youth Art Exchange, is an annual gathering of young artists and arts educators, and the only event of its kind in the Bay Area. As we continue to host the majority of the event online, we are planning an in-person gallery component with viewing appointments. The Youth Arts Summit will take place from December 1-3 with various workshops, panels, and professional development opportunities. The Youth Arts Summit culminates with the main event, the Youth Arts Celebration on Friday, December 4th from 4-6pm.

At the Summit, young artists lead and participate in workshops, interactive installations, exhibits, and performances. The Summit kicks off with a series of Professional Development opportunities, panel conversations and workshops Wednesday 12/1 and Thursday 12/2 and the Youth Arts Celebration on Friday 12/3 will feature exhibition of youth work, performances and a guest speaker. All of the artwork will also be hosted in an online gallery and select pieces will be installed in a gallery space. In bringing together young artists from across the Bay Area, the Youth Arts Summit represents the next generation’s most innovative artists, filmmakers, architects, musicians, performers, and writers.

Youth and representatives from organizations across the Bay Area come together to plan the Summit, building leadership and youth voice within the arts education and arts advocacy landscape, and forging deeper connections between young people and the organizations that they represent. We want to connect self identified youth artists to various arts colleges and arts programs and are inviting higher education institutions to participate to provide information and portfolio advice. This spirit of collaboration carries throughout the Summit and beyond to create a growing network of young artists, youth arts organizations, and higher education.

There are many ways to get involved like:

- Exhibiting your young artists’ work in the online gallery. All submissions should be sent to YAX by 11/17 to give time to set up the online gallery.

- Exhibiting your young artists’ work in the physical gallery space. All submissions should be dropped off to YAX by 11/17 to give time to install.

- Exhibiting your young artists’ work in a five minute slideshow during the youth arts celebration on 12/3

- Submitting youth films for the online gallery (may be selected to play during the youth arts celebration)

- Submitting pre-recorded performances for the online gallery (may be selected to play during the youth arts celebration)

- Virtual tabling: submitting information/resources that will be hosted online

- Bringing youth to attend

- Conducting a workshop, professional development session, or panel discussion

- Providing college information + portfolio advice

- Sponsoring the activities

Participating organizations will need to register and submit a registration fee. These fees support the publicity, organizing, workshops, and performances for the event. We will include logos on our promotional materials if registered by October 18, 2021.

You can sign up/REGISTER HERE or send a check to Youth Art Exchange, PO Box #12488, San Francisco, CA 94112. If mailing a check please email and let us know.

  • Small Organization (budget < $250,000), $50

  • Medium Organization (budget $250,000-$500,000), $125

  • Large Organization (budget over $500,000), $250

  • Arts College/University, $325

We understand that funding is especially challenging this year. We do have scholarships available for a few partners, so please email if the cost would prohibit you from participating.

Previous participants have included:

San Francisco Art Institute California College of the Arts CCSF Artist & Craftsman First Exposures Hip Hop for Change Circus Center Ryse Larkin Street Youth Lick-Wilmerding High School Root Division San Francisco Public Library Ruth Asawa School of the Arts The Marsh Youth Theater Youth Speaks 826 Valencia Performing Arts Workshop BAYCAT SFJAZZ SF MOMA SF Mime Troupe Today’s Future Sound Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Youth Leadership Institute YPTMTC

Event pages on Facebook and Eventbrite are coming soon! If you haven't already connected to YAX on social media, now is a great time to do so: Facebook Instagram Twitter

If you have questions/concerns about:

School participation, film submissions, and performance submissions, contact

Visual artwork exhibition, virtual tabling, marketing and/or social media contact

Sponsorship, contact

Please let us know if you have any feedback on how to make this virtual event as successful as possible.

Together in art,


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