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Children’s Avenue Paintings Online

Children's Avenue 2009

Children's Avenue 2009

Did your little artists create a masterpiece on Children’s Avenue at the 2009 Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival? Then, it’s likely to be up online at kidstreetart.com. Many thanks to incoming Youth in Arts Board President Peter Rodgers of Montara Creative for leading the effort to photo-document all the work by our littlest madonnari (Italian for street painters)!

Mille Grazie!

Children's Avenue 2009

Children's Avenue 2009

A thousand thanks to all the sponsors, artists and volunteers who made the 16th annual Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival possible. It takes a great many people for an event like this to happen, and we are so grateful to you all!

Photos from Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival

Artist Cuong Nguyen. Photo by Brooke Toczylowski.

Artist Cuong Nguyen. Photo by Brooke Toczylowski.

Photos are beginning to appear online from this past weekend’s 16th annual Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival. A gallery by YIA staff member Brooke Toczylowski is up on our Photo Gallery page already. You can also check out galleries posted by Festival Photo Team member Paul Milholland, as well as galleries by Charlie Benton (shot from a 30′ pole!) and Jonathon Jenkins. MoreMarin also sent a photographer to the event and has a gallery and slideshow posted.

A gallery of the best shots by our professional Festival Photo Team will be up on the Youth in Arts website soon. We’ll keep you posted!

End of Year Art Show and Performances at Bayside & Willow Creek

Romeo, a fifth grader at Bayside, checks out the clay coil pots made by the fifth graders at Willow Creek, part of an in-school integrated art unit where students were reading the book, Indian Captive. Behind him are self-portraits made by the sixth graders from Bayside, which were drawn with headresses and heiroglyphics, part of a project where they imagined themselves as if they were Egyptian Queens and Pharoahs.


Fourth grader, Robert, shows off his Capoeria skills against a formidable opponent, Capoeria Master, Samuka. Robert studied all year with Mentor Artist, Matt Goff.


Second grader, Hunter, reads one of his poems he wrote with the help of Mentor, Giovanni Singleton, from the California Poets in the Schools. Giovanni worked with second graders during Literacy Hour and collaborated with the Visual Art Instructor, Kate Rees, with the 3-5 class.


Students dance with Mentor Artist, Ken Doumbia, after playing the African Drums.


Bayside fifth graders admire the photography and collages of the fourth graders during the end of year Art Show in the Library.

Middle School End of Year Performance at the MYC

WCA and MLK students perform an orginal song, “Cool, Green, Fun,” which they made with Music Producer, Torman Jahi, while studying at the MYC on Wednesdays throughout the school year. A remix of their song is the official theme song for the Marin County Fair—it’s very catchy!
When I figure out how to post it here, I will do so.

On display at the event were the Public Service Announcements created by the students while at the MYC. Here, Deachen, a 6th grader from Bayside Elementary, is seen inside her PSA about violence.

This mural was created by 6th-8th grade students in the Twilight After-School program, in collaboration with Youth in Arts Mentor Artist, Evan Bissell. The mural was commissioned by the Nonprofit Technology Network to create a backdrop for their annual conference in San Francisco in April 2009. While learning new arts techniques like drawing and painting, stenciling, and spray-painting, students were asked to question the role of technology in their lives, from a simple cell phone to a destructive bomb. Students from MLK Jr. Academy, Bayside, and Willow Creek Academy worked together to make decisions on the design and painted it over the course of three months, both at MLK Jr. Academy and The MYC Youth Center.

Sholonda, part of the girls dance group that performed. They’ve been practicing under the direction of Mentor Artist, Mimi Baxter.

Multicultural Festival at Olive School

Olive School had a great turn out on Friday night, May 29, for their Multicultural Festival. Besides the great food and lively music, families were treated to a wonderful display of art and dance by their very talented students.

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

YIA’s Mentor Artist Katy Bernheim spent 10 weeks with the second and fourth graders focusing on portraiture. Read more…

ART SHOW and End of Year Extravaganza

Please join us on Tuesday, June 9, for our end of year art show and celebration. Starting at 3 pm there will be students performances, a DJ, food, and activities. Located outside the Bayside and Willow Creek Library. All are welcome.