Yaxhibition 2016


Exhibition Dates: June 6, 2016 – July 28, 2016

Panel Reception: June 17, 2016 from 4:00pm-5:30pm  



Students from Youth Art Exchange showcase the work they’ve produced over the spring session at the 2016 Spring YAXhibition at San Francisco State University’s Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery.

Youth Art Exchange sparks a shared creative practice between professional artists and public high school students, furthering youth as leaders, thinkers, and artists in San Francisco. The aesthetics within each YAX discipline (currently architecture, dance, fashion design, music, printmaking, and photography) vary based on the individual student’s expression and student collaboration with each other, which is guided by our faculty artists and their own professional practices. The common vision of each discipline, aligned with our program model, is to engage each student in a way that feels authentically connected to the student’s self and community. In line with a contemporary artist practice, our programs are multi-disciplinary in nature. This multi-disciplinary approach to arts education allows students to survey classes and/or select a discipline with which they most identify, also allowing for interdisciplinary projects.

We work diligently to provide space for students to work, exhibit, and perform in the same venues and galleries that professional artists do, modeling the process and practice of professional artists in San Francisco and enhancing their experiences as young artists. Correlating to this, the projects that the students complete are meaningful, visible, and rooted in their communities. We see the work of our young artists increasingly contributing to the landscape of the city.

This show was previously a part of New Growth 2016: Celebrating our Community, Root Division’s annual Youth Art Celebration & Exhibition.

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