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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.

Part of a series inspired by an  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.

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.

By Lauren Bartone

By Lauren Bartone

By Ernesto Olmos

By Ernesto Olmos

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!

Creative San Rafael Selected by CAC

Youth in Arts Receives California Arts Council

CAC_Color_JPG_For_Web“Creative California Communities” Grant

Youth in Arts is among 24 projects funded statewide in support of transforming communities through the arts

The California Arts Council announced it plans to award $30,000 to Youth in Arts as part of its new Creative California Communities program. This award will support Youth in Arts’ Creative San Rafael project, which will link multiple arts organizations together to revitalize San Rafael through the arts.

Projects supported by the Creative California Communities program represent a wide range of arts disciplines, and aim to revitalize neighborhoods through the arts, foster new arts engagement, stimulate tourism, create jobs for artists, invest in young people, and build relationships between local arts, business, and government entities.

“Creative San Rafael” will use arts to make downtown San Rafael a destination point. Youth in Arts, the City of San Rafael, business and arts organizations will collaborate to create a series of arts installations and events. Using quotes from famous San Rafael artists as inspiration, the city will come alive with community arts activities engaging people of all ages. Professional artists will work with children and adults to create banners and murals throughout downtown.

“We know that arts has long been a vital part of San Rafael with a deep history of artists who live, work and create here. Creative San Rafael will showcase these artists and create multiple wonderful opportunities for the community to celebrate this wonderful city,” states Youth in Arts Executive Director Miko Lee.

“The Creative California Communities program supports many significant projects in large and small communities across California, demonstrating the power of the arts to transform our state,” said Wylie Aitken, Chair of the California Arts Council. “Our Council was inspired by the overwhelming response to this program, which revealed the scope of unmet needs for the arts in our communities.”

The California Arts Council received 157 applications for this highly competitive grant program, which is supported by one-time funds from the California State Assembly. After an open application process, a peer advisory panel reviewed all grant applications, followed by a review and vote from the Council at a public meeting in Los Angeles on June 18, 2014. The twenty-four projects supported by this grant program will reach nineteen counties across California.

For a complete listing of projects supported by the Creative California Communities program, visit the California Arts Council website.

Youth in Arts is the leading arts education nonprofit in the North Bay, offering students experiences and instruction in the visual and performing arts, and enriching the community with cultural events. Programs include Artists in Schools instruction in visual, performing and new media arts; Arts Unite Us, bringing together students of differing abilities in shared arts experiences.  Youth in Arts Presents theatrical presentations and school assemblies; `Til Dawn award-winning teen a cappella and YIA Gallery, featuring one of the only children’s art galleries in California. www.youthinarts.org