Youth need the arts. The arts are critical for young people engaging in the world around them. As a vehicle for self discovery and self expression, youth can articulate their needs and perspectives. They can share their protests and radical ideas for changing the systems in which they participate and live. Their viewpoints are vital as San Franciscans living in and contributing to the culture of our city, yet they are often not allowed in decision-making that affects them. Their activism will impact all of our lives; their agency and voice are essential.
There is not enough access to the arts for public high school youth in San Francisco. With funding from the arts being slashed in budget cuts nationwide, the arts have dwindled from school schedules and curricula. In San Francisco, we fill that gap. We bring the arts to youth who otherwise may not have access. Through out of school time programming and classes during the school day, we create critical pathways to the arts. We are committed to equity in arts access by having all of our programs be free for San Francisco public high schoolers.
We are committed to self-expression, self-discovery, skill building, youth leadership, and empowered young artists. We are committed to our youth that are young printmakers, young architects, young filmmakers, young performers, and more learning and experimenting through the arts. We are committed to these youth changing the world.
We need you to commit to equitable access to the arts. It is critical that we keep our programs free. Your giving to Youth Art Exchange is an investment in the future of our youth.