Join Youth Art Exchange, presenting sponsor PicsArt, and dozens of youth arts organizations from the Bay Area & beyond at WE ARE HERE: The Fifth Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit, a celebration of young artists and their vibrant contributions to the creative and cultural fabric of San Francisco.
Enjoy visual art, sculpture, installation, and video projections from youth across San Francisco! Exhibiting organizations include Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts architecture program, Streetside Stories, Southern Exposure, YBCA’s Young Artists at Work, Root Division, ArtSpan (representing youth from African American Arts & Culture Complex, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, and Ruth Asawa SF SOTA), June Jordan School for Equity, Mission High School’s Youth Media Program, Youth Art Exchange’s Photography, Fashion, Dance, and Printmaking programs, and more.
Stay busy with printmaking workshops led by Youth Art Exchange’s young printmakers, a circus arts workshop with The San Francisco Youth Circus & Circus Center, button-making with the Board of Advising Youth from The Mix at SFPL, and more. DJs from Pyramind will keep the party going all day long.
Capture yourself in print at a photobooth presented by PicsArt. Take a piece of the Summit home by purchasing youth art work in Youth Art Exchange’s shop and in the gallery. High school students are invited to bring their work in physical or digital form for an informal portfolio review and feedback from Santa Fe University, California College of the Arts, and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Teen poets, musicians, dancers, performers, and DJs take center stage and compete to win prizes in the performance battle. Be inspired by youth from SFJAZZ & Youth Art Exchange’s Digibeats program, spoken word & dance from YBCA’s Young Artists at Work, acrobatics & juggling from the San Francisco Youth Circus & Circus Center, drumming and dancing from Loco Bloco, performance from Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company and the Youth Theater Project of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and more.
1PM: DOORS OPEN
1–3:30PM: EXHIBITS, SCREENINGS, VENDORS, PORTFOLIO REVIEWS | High school students are invited to bring their portfolios for informal reviews and feedback from Santa Fe University, California College of the Arts, and the San Francisco Art Institute
2–3PM: ACTIVITIES + WORKSHOPS
3:30–5PM: PERFORMANCE BATTLE | prizes awarded for best youth performances!
The 5th Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit is presented by Youth Art Exchange, sponsored by PicsArt, and is further supported by Lick-Wilmerding High School and SOMArts.
Venue support provided by SOMArts Cultural Center’s Affordable Space Program, which provides subsidized, large-scale affordable space and technical assistance to nonprofits. SOMArts receives support from the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund.