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San Rafael, California 94901
(415) 457-4878

Community Quilt Workshops








Youth in Arts is partnering with Alameda County Arts Commission to provide a series of free workshops at your school site in developing a Community Quilt.  To celebrate Arts Education Month Youth in Arts professional artists will come to your Parent and/or Teacher meeting in March to lead a one-hour training in a community paper quilt technique which can be displayed on the school site. The paper quilt is made out of recycled materials and created on site.

The theme is “Creating A Better Future Together” and then can be geared toward the unique goals of each site.  Information about follow up activities will be provided. To arrange your workshop email or phone us at 415-457-4878.

We will also be creating a collaborative quilt collage in our Gallery in downtown San Rafael as part of our new exhibit “Where We Are,” which opens March 9 and features landscape watercolors by local students. Visit with your family  Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm or make an appointment for a free docent-led visit with your class or youth group.


C’mon Everybody!

Youth in Arts hosted a morning of free musical performances, presenting a set of original interactive songs from our “C’mon Everybody” CD and our “Paper Princess” show for students at the Novato Youth Center and Olive Elementary School in Novato.  The musical ensemble included YIA Program Director, Nydia Gonzalez and YIA Mentor Artists Miguel Martinez, Pedro Rosales and Alex Espolet.

At the Novato Youth Center, children ages 1 to 5 were dancing, singing, and clapping while learning about numbers, colors, feelings and gross motor skills.  At the conclusion of the performance, many children insisted that we repeat the whole show again!  One little boy said “I wish you would never go and we could sing these songs all day!”  Well, although we were not able to stay all day, they WILL be able to sing the songs all day, as each child received a complimentary “C’mon Everybody” CD to take home with them!

At Olive Elementary School, Linda Breakstone and Stacey Hall’s Special Day Classes were the true stars of the show, as Grace, Johnathan and David rocked out in the front of the stage, dancing and occasionally helping out with the singing!  Students learned ASL words for our greeting song Good Morning My Love, and then jumped, wiggled and marched to songs like King of the Beat. Some students from the other classrooms also attended, making for a filled room with students ranging from K to 4th grades and a range of abilities.

Linda and Stacey’s students are receiving 20 sessions of Music this year with YIA Mentor Artists Nina Pascuale and Hannah Dworkin through our subsidized VSA program.  And, thanks to Jeffrey and Teresa Figone (parents of a VSA student), who helped facilitate a substantial Cy Pres Award to Youth in Arts, we are able to provide additional programming and resources, such as this performance and the CDs, to our students.

Thank you to the Figones, Marin Community Foundation and all of the other donors who help to make this programming possible!

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