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Welcome, Morgan!

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New YIA Staff Member Morgan Schauffler

Youth in Arts is delighted to welcome Morgan Schauffler as our new Program Manager. Morgan, who grew up in Marin, has a family tradition of love for the arts. Her grandmother studied art history, and she grew up appreciating and making art at school and at home.

“I actually wrote and illustrated my own book in second grade,” Morgan recalls.  She remembers her grandmother being so proud of her work that she sent laminated copies to all her friends.

Morgan carried her interest through her school years and went on to receive degrees in Art History and Human Communications at University of Denver, working in fine arts galleries while in school and after graduation. She spent a decade at the prestigious Paul Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco, representing artists and working with collectors. When her son was born two years ago, she decided to take her arts interests in a new direction.

“I could see our local schools weren’t offering the arts classes I had as a child,” she explains. “I wanted to change that, to make a difference.”

Searching for how to make that difference brought Morgan to Youth in Arts, where she will now be putting her marketing and project management skills to work helping schools identify their arts needs and fill gaps in programming. With her extensive gallery experience, she will also support YIA Gallery at Youth in Arts, one of just a few in the U.S. dedicated to youth work. “I would love for more children and teen’s work to be seen and valued in the community,” she says.

In her free time, in addition to raising a bustling toddler, Morgan loves to visit museums, and she has her own collection of photographs acquired from her travels and paintings by artists she has represented. Although she does not consider herself an artist, she credits her arts experiences with building her creative and critical thinking skills. She believes all children need and deserve the arts in their lives.

“I want my son, and his peers–and all kids in Marin and the Bay Area–to have the opportunities I had,” says Morgan. “So working at a nonprofit dedicated to doing just that is a great fit for me.”

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Come say hello to Morgan MWF 11-4 at Youth in Arts or contact her at 415-457-4878 ext. 160 or morgan@youthinarts.org.

Kindergarteners Celebrate their Art in the YIA Gallery

 

WalkerHeaderMs. Vazquez’ kindergarteners walked to Youth in Arts today to admire their very own artworks featured in the Walker Rezaian Creative Hearts Fund/Laurel Dell Gallery exhibit. They looked closely at their work and that of their friends’. Working with Jen Daly, groups of students played in the cardboard weather world: the Sun House with bright yellow spots and a rainbow gate, the Rain House with grey clouds, rainsticks and noisemakers, and the Cloud House with its soft squishy floor and whitish sky. They paddled together in the cardboard canoe, and even made leaves for the Seasons Tree.

Students also practiced what we shared at the Family Art Nights and began their very own Guatemalan-styled kite. Working with Suzanne Joyal, Naomi Tamura, Ms. Vazquez, and some very helpful parents, students also made the parts of their very own class Kite, to be flown at Fiesta de Sol in June. Working with mirrors, Sharpies, colored pencils, and oil pastels, students created self portrait diamonds which will be glued together into one beautiful kite.

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Family art night: Families working together to sew their kite.

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Miko Lee demonstrating how to sew to families

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rising Stars at the Marin Center

Rising Stars the 25th Annual Marin County High School Art Show has traveled to the Marin Center Exhibition Hall!

Thanks to Charlie Barboni, Libby Garrison and all the Marin Center staff for re-installing the show so beautifully. Artists and families can visit during 9-to-5 weekday hours or come to one of Marin Center’s Showcase Theater events to see the exhibit in the lobby space of the theater.

You might especially want to catch the “Best of the IJ Lobby Lounge” performance on Friday, April 22, featuring teens from around Marin, including Youth in Arts own `Til Dawn A Cappella. Great teen visual art and performing art in one night–what could be better?!

Rising Stars will continue at the Marin Center through the end of May. Students should pick up art June 2-3 OR if you want to enter your piece in the Marin County Fair, you can do that in the same space where the exhibit is located during open hours.

Here are a few photos, but we really hope you’ll go see the show in person! Congratulations to all the exhibiting students!

Check out this featured article on this exhibit in the Marin IJ.

Family Fun at Laurel Dell

boy handsLast night, sounds of laughter, music and stories filled the auditorium on the campus of Laurel Dell Elementary School as Youth in Arts conducted the second Family Art Night as part of the Walker Rezaian Creative HeARTS Fund.

Mentor Artist Suzanne Joyal led the intergenerational crowd in making a book entitled, “With Our Hands.” Caregivers and their children outlined their hands on recycled maps and then decided what their hands could do together. The book will go on display in the “Imagining Friendship” Gallery Exhibit opening at YIA Gallery on April 8.

Meanwhile Executive Director Miko Lee led families in an old fashioned quilting bee, sewing diamond shapes onto a 12′ Guatemalan kite. The kite pieces were designed at the enthusiastic Family Art Night in February. There were so many diamond shapes designed that Youth in Arts will create an additional kite.

Suzanne will be headed back to the school to make sure as many students as possible are included in this additional finished kite. The kites were designed to celebrate community and be mobile. The finished kites will be unveiled at the YIA Gallery and then will move to the temporary school site while Laurel Dell is under construction.  The collaborative artwork will travel with the community.

Thanks to our amazing volunteers: Stephanie Daly for ironing the diamonds onto the kite and recreating the centerpiece, and to youth volunteers Lena and Haley for helping out on the Family Nights. And a great thanks to all the parents, caregivers, teachers and children that came out to make art with us. We know you have so many things to do and we are thrilled when you join us to create, collaborate, and build friendships. As Principal Pepe Gonzalez summed up, “Another great night with Youth in Arts!”

Thanks to the Walker Rezaian Creative HeArts Fund and the California Arts Council for making this possible.

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Handmade Gifts and Cards

Handmade Cards and Gifts

Handmade Cards and Gifts

Having trouble finding that perfect unique card or gift?

Our store at 917 C Street has handmade jewelry, glassware, gift items and cards created by youth and adults. Plus we are featuring art by North Bay teaching artists in our YIA Gallery, all available for sale.

Come shop Monday-Friday 10 am-4 pm this week and Monday-Wednesday next week. All purchases support BOTH the artist who created the work AND Youth in Arts programs reaching over 20,000 students each year. Give a gift that your recipient can love and feel great about!

If you’d like to keep it easy and simple, make a gift donation in your friend or family member’s name and we’ll send them a card featuring an image of one of our students at work (“Heart Drawing”) or our “Dream” card featuring a banner created by hundreds of local youth. Click here and be sure to complete all gift recipient information.

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Send a “Dream” or “Heart” Gift Card!

Donate by noon on Friday, December 17 to allow a week for delivery before Christmas.

Scroll down for more gift ideas from our store.

Thank you for supporting Youth in Arts. Happy holidays!

Take Home Beautiful Work by Young Artists

Youth in Arts silent auction of work in our gallery by youth artists will close at 8 pm at the end of 2nd Fridays Art Walk Downtown on Friday, August 14. The auction is running concurrently with our exhibit Creative San Rafael, comprised of the original works for public art banners going up around the Downtown San Rafael area this Spring and Summer.

Works available via auction include 6 paintings by Youth in Arts C Street Project teen students that are the originals for reproductions displayed along 3rd Street Downtown. The works were inspired by an Isabel Allende quote “Today’s girls are tomorrow’s women—and leaders” and each piece is signed personally by Ms. Allende who visited with C Street Project students this Spring.

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Youth in Arts C Street Project painting. Signed personally by Ms. Allende.

Part of a series inspired by an Isabel Allende quote “Today’s girls are tomorrow’s women—and leaders.” Created by teen members of the Youth in Arts C Street Project. Signed personally by Ms. Allende.

Youth in Arts C Street Project painting. Signed personally by Ms. Allende.

Part of a series inspired by an Isabel Allende quote “Today’s girls are tomorrow’s women—and leaders.” Created by teen members of the Youth in Arts C Street Project. Signed personally by Ms. Allende.

Youth in Arts C Street Project painting. Signed personally by Ms. Allende.

Part of a series inspired by an Isabel Allende quote “Today’s girls are tomorrow’s women—and leaders.” Created by teen members of the Youth in Arts C Street Project. Signed personally by Ms. Allende.

Youth in Arts C Street Project painting. Signed personally by Ms. Allende.

Part of a series inspired by an Isabel Allende quote “Today’s girls are tomorrow’s women—and leaders.” Created by teen members of the Youth in Arts C Street Project. Signed personally by Ms. Allende.

Youth in Arts C Street Project painting. Signed personally by Ms. Allende.

Part of a series inspired by an Isabel Allende quote “Today’s girls are tomorrow’s women—and leaders.” Created by teen members of the Youth in Arts C Street Project. Signed personally by Ms. Allende.

Youth in Arts C Street Project painting. Signed personally by Ms. Allende.

Also available for bidding are four large pieces created collaboratively by groups of students for the Creative San Rafael project. These are the originals for banners that can be found around the Downtown area.

Paper collage/painting inspired by Bret Harte’s “A bird in hand is a certainty, but a bird in the bush may sing”. Created by youth visitors to YIA Gallery.

Paper collage/painting inspired by Bret Harte’s “A bird in hand is a certainty, but a bird in the bush may sing”. Created by youth visitors to YIA Gallery.

Large painting on paper, inspired by an Isabel Allende quote “I tend to see the similarities in people and not the differences” and signed personally by Ms. Allende. Created by students with differing abilities through a special intensive program at Youth in Arts.

Large painting on paper, inspired by an Isabel Allende quote “I tend to see the similarities in people and not the differences” and signed personally by Ms. Allende. Created by students with differing abilities through a special intensive program at Youth in Arts.

Large painting on silk, inspired by the James Hetfield quote “Dream big and dare to fail.” Created by youth visitors to YIA Gallery and students from Davidson Middle School.

Large painting on silk, inspired by the James Hetfield quote “Dream big and dare to fail.” Created by youth visitors to YIA Gallery and students from Davidson Middle School.

Large painting on canvas by students from TeamWorks Art Mentoring, inspired by a quote from Carlos Santana.

Large painting on canvas by students from TeamWorks Art Mentoring with Katya McCullough, inspired by a quote from Carlos Santana.

To submit a bid on any of the above works, come by Youth in Arts any Monday-Friday from 10-4 until August 14 or join us from 5-8 pm during Art Walk for the official auction close. You may also contact us at 415-457-4878 during M-F business hours or on August 14 from 5-8 pm to inquire and bid via phone.

Two works by professional artists from the exhibit are also available for sale in the current exhibit (but are not included in the auction). If you have questions, feel free to call us at 415-457-4878 or email yia@youthinarts.org.

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Creative San Rafael is Celebrated!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn June 12, an enthusiastic crowd celebrated the series of murals going up throughout downtown San Rafael as part of the Creative San Rafael project. The C Street garage was unveiled with a series of 12 murals entitled, “Travel the World with Youth in Arts” illustrating explorer and photographer Louise Arner Boyd’s observation, “You’re an explorer even when you are at home.” The murals were created by 700 children at the Marin County Fair.  Additional murals will continue to go up all throughout downtown San Rafael and will be announced on the Creative San Rafael website and facebook.

The mission to beautify Downtown San Rafael is part of a collaboration involving local government, businesses and nonprofits. Youth in Arts has brought PreK-high school creators to  the project, while Dominican College has showcased work from  college students with members of the Downtown Street Team.  ArtWorks Downtown has featured professional artists Lauren Bartone and Ernesto Hernandez Olmos.

The crowded event was highlighted by performances from Youth in Arts teen companies including`Til Dawn a capella and an ensembleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA performance of C Street Project’s spoken word poem “Today’s Tomorrow.” The poem and accompanying murals were inspired by Isabelle Allende’s quote “Today’s girls are tomorrow’s women and leaders.”  All original artworks created by youth are available via silent auction at the YIA Gallery through July 30.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADistinguished community leaders helped to give C Street Project’s work its first performance,  including Tom Peters, President/CEO of Marin Community Foundation; San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips; District 1 Supervisor Damon Connolly; Gabriella Callicchio, Director of Cultural and Visitor Services for the Marin Center; Cecilia Zamora, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin; Nikki Wood, Editor of Marin Magazine; Pepe Gonzalez, Principal Laurel Dell School; Merl Saunders, Jr., Executive Director, Fenix Entertainment; Donn K. Harris, Chairman California Arts Council; Joanne Dunn, Co-Founder of Youth in Arts,  Comedian/Writer Geoff Bolt and Thomas Roedoc, Art Walk Downtown.

Youth in Arts transforms young lives. With your help we can make sure each of our young artists learn to share their vision and voice through the arts.

 

This program was supported by the following generous donors:

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Isabel Allende visits with C Street Project

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAuthor Isabel Allende visited with C Street Project at Youth in Arts last week to see visual art created by the students, inspired by her words as part of the Creative San Rafael project, and to talk with the youth. Ms. Allende was so gracious and generous with her time, wit and advice–and all our C Street Project students asked great, insightful questions on topics ranging from how an artist finds inspiration to the experience of writing in a second language.

Students shared their original art work inspired by the quote “Today’s girls are tomorrow’s women–and leaders.” Ms. Allende was kind enough to sign students’ works, which will be on exhibit and available for purchase via silent auction starting June 12 at YIA Gallery at 917 C Street. Join us for our June 12 opening celebration or visit Monday-Friday 10 am to 4 pm through the run of the exhibit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYouth in Arts C Street Project provides training in writing for performance, acting and visual arts techniques, along with unique opportunities to participate in community engagement and public art projects and site-specific performances. This year, students have been working on a series of murals for the Creative San Rafael project soon to appear as public art banners along Third Street in Downtown San Rafael! Next year will bring more public art and performance opportunities for our newest after school program for teen artists–contact Suzanne Joyal for more information about becoming a C Street Project member.

And check out more great photos below by Peter Rodgers from our visit with Ms. Allende!

Imagining Friendship’s Second Annual Exhibit Opening

Creative young artists from Bahia Vista Elementary School in San Rafael, their families, teachers and friends filled Youth in Art’s gallery opening night, April 10th in celebration of the second annual “Imagining Friendship” Art Exhibit.

Some 145 people experienced the kid-friendly art world that showcased work created by students in the Walker Rezaian Creative HeArts Kindergarten Arts program at Bahia Vista Elementary.

Inspired young artists, their siblings and friends explored a castle art structure, crawled through a dinosaur tunnel, played interactive tic-tac-toe, created personalized books. These cardboard creations incorporating drawings, paintings and sculptures were inspired by the kids’ creativity and imagination.

The kindergartners shared their lively watercolor self-portraits and welcomed their families into their world of creativity and wonder.

Mentor Artist Suzanne Joyal said, “The weekly art classes leading up to tonight’s art opening are magical. I love seeing these young artists blossom and grow. Seeing smiles on the faces of these kids and their proud parents is the perfect culmination of three months of creativity, sharing and learning.”

Bahia Vista kindergarten teacher Tara Pauley said, “Wednesday’s have been my student’s favorite day of the week. They looked forward to exploring ideas about their feelings and friendships through their artwork and were always excited to see what fun and creative art projects Ms. Suzanne would bring into the classroom.”

The Rezaian family, surrounded by the young Bahia Vista artists and their creations, experienced first hand the magical results their generosity. The memory of their son Walker lives in the artistry and imagination these students created.

This celebration of the brilliance of the Bahia Vista children’s art could not happen without the generous support of Walker’s family. Their gift brings families together and symbolizes the importance of art within a community. Bahia Vista School is the second recipient of the Walker Rezaian Creative HeArts Fund, following last year’s Loma Verde Elementary School in San Rafael.

The Walker Rezaian Creative HeArts Kindergarten Arts Program was created through a partnership between Youth in Arts and the Walker Rezaian Creative HeArts Fund, celebrating 5-year-old Walker Rezaian’s life and love for art. Youth in Arts worked with his family to create a kindergarten visual arts program focused on the theme of friendship. The Fund has provided all Bahia Vista kindergartners this year with professional instruction in the visual arts, along with workshops for parents and teachers.

Bahia Vista was selected for this program through a competitive application process. Click here for information about applying for the 2015-16 academic year.

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Special thanks to Peter Rodgers for capturing the photographs and joy of the evening

Family, Optimism and Friendship at Bahia Vista Elementary

This week Youth in Arts celebrated art and friendship with Kindergarten students and their families at Bahia Vista Elementary School.   Optimism and friendship are two important themes in Kindergarten and YIA Mentor Artist and Program Director Suzanne Joyal lead families in an family niteevening creating art around these topics.

We started out talking about how we can be good friends and singing a song in Spanish and American Sign Language about friendship with YIA Mentor Artist Nydia Gonzalez.  Sharing, supporting, listening, respecting and playing were definitely important and students made it clear that they feel great when with a good friend!

Teacher Suzanne then lead everyone in creating a beautiful Tree of Hopes, adorned with drawings depicting everyone’s hopes and dreams for the future.

For the past few months YIA Mentor Artist and Program Director Suzanne Joyal has been teaching all 7 Kindergarten classes a visual arts curriculum geared around the themes of friendship in honor of the life of Walker Rezaian.

Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Pauley reflected on the past few months, “This program has helped each of my students learn a new way to express themselves, build self-confidence and discover the amazing artist within them.  We feel so thankful to have gotten this experience and are happy for the next bunch of kids that get to work with you.”

Youth in Arts WRLogoForBLOGExecutive Director Miko Lee has announced that applications are open for the 2015-16 Walker Rezaian Creative HeArts Kindergarten Arts Program. “We are thrilled to continue this program next year.” said Lee. “We look forward to sharing the experience with another low income school in memory of Walker.  We have had a wonderful partnership with Walker’s family in creating this program and providing life long learning tools for so many children in our area.”

Interested Title I schools in Marin County should apply by May 18. Apply here.

The Walker Rezaian Creative HeArts Fund is a project of the Walker Rezaian Memorial Fund. Youth in Arts is a nonprofit established in 1970. The leading arts education nonprofit in the North Bay, Youth in Arts offers students experiences and instruction in the visual and performing arts, and enriches the community with cultural events.

 

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