Youth in Arts
Youth in Arts builds visual and performing arts skills through innovative and in-depth programs that foster confidence, compassion and resilience in students of all abilities. We develop capacity among educators and teaching artists, advocate for equitable access to arts education and offer opportunities for youth to share their creative voices.
Since 1970, Youth in Arts programs have served over a million students throughout the North San Francisco Bay Area. Youth in Arts became an affiliate of VSA arts (formerly Very Special Arts) in 1981 and we remain the only provider of arts for special education students in Marin. Since 2011, we have hosted an art gallery in downtown San Rafael that is one of only a handful in the U.S. dedicated to showing work by young artists. Youth in Arts is an anchor agency in San Rafael’s Downtown Cultural District, established via a program of the California Arts Council in 2017.
Youth in Arts work is guided by the following key values:
We believe in INCLUSION, that differences are beautiful, and that students of all abilities and backgrounds deserve an education in the arts.
We believe in CELEBRATING young people as artists, knowing one impact of the arts is bringing joy to human lives.
We believe in EMPOWERING youth to share their stories and express their beliefs freely and effectively through music, dance, visual arts, theater and new media.
We believe in ARTISTS of all ages, endorsing a mentorship approach to arts education that connects students with professional working artists, skilled in their art forms and effective in their teaching.