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Youth Arts


I have learned to push myself to achieve things that I didn't think were possible, and overall learn what a great artist I am.
      - Brianna G., Skyline High School





About Youth Arts

Youth Arts provides in-depth artist residencies in underserved public schools filling gaps in limited arts programming and nurtures creativity in youth.

Youth Arts directly engages 400 youth ages 6-19 years and their families.

Youth Arts Highlights:

  • Award 70 Youth Fellowships annually

  • Coordinate 10 scholarships for high school juniors to attend pre-college summer art intensive

  • Produce 15 exhibitions of youth artwork in the community and 1 major exhibition at Pro Arts

  • Launch the 1st Youth Poet Laureate in both Oakland and in San Francisco

  • Present 4 youth poetry slams and 8 open-mics with Youth Speaks

  • 5,000 artworks made by youth and community members with Pro Arts teaching artists in 600 classes



My teachers were very helpful; they have completely changed my life and given me the tools to draw, paint, and think better.
      - Wendy M., Lighthouse Community Charter School



Youth Fellows @ High Schools

The goal of Youth Fellows is to integrate arts education, exhibition opportunities, professional arts training, and youth development.

Students in Oakland High Schools are exposed to quality arts experiences, hand-on art-making, creative artistic processes, and professional artistic practices that further enhances school curriculum. Participation includes small-group mentoring sessions with professional artists, exhibition, inclusion in the Directory of East Bay Arts, art supplies, an artist web page and extended opportunities to connect to professional and community-based networks and services in the arts.

Since initiating Youth Fellows in 2007, Pro Arts has worked closely with over 300 young artists in 7 schools.

DEMOS: Youth Fellows Exhibition 2013




Art makes me feel empowered. With art, there are infinite things you can do... With art there are endless possibilities to learn and be challenged.
      - Jessica A., Oakland High School



Elementary and Middle Schools

In elementary and middle schools Youth Arts provides students with quality arts experiences, hand-on art making, and creative artistic processes that further enhance school curriculum.

Elementary Arts Integration Residencies are collaborative efforts bringing teaching artists and classroom teachers together to enhance curriculum. Residencies run 10 sessions per class over one semester.

Middle school residencies in-school and after-school begin with the start of the Fall semester and run through the academic year.



I enjoyed this wonderful experience and excellent opportunity you have given me. Now I have a direction and an idea of what I want to do for my career.
      - Manuel M., Lighthouse Community Charter School

The beautiful thing about art is that it can never be defined into one definition; everyone has their own interpretation of what they call art.
      - Allie C., Oakland High School