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YAC – Youth Arts Collective

YAC is a nonprofit, after school art studio and mentorship program for high school and college artists – brilliant and struggling, confident and fringe, multi-ethnic, multi-tempered, and over 40% financially challenged. They learn art, job, and life skills, and gain a healthy dose of self-esteem and gratitude along the way. YACsters learn to believe in themselves, take creative risk, and give back. 100% graduate from high school. 95% of YACsters go on to university, college, and art college – many on scholarships.

YAC is an incubator for some of our community’s future creatives, whether they end up in the arts, education, business, or science. YAC provides supplies, studio space, art training, exhibition and commission opportunities, individual mentoring, and a community unlike any other. We’re open 4 hours a day, 6 days a week, year round.

Our mission is to inspire creativity, kindness, and confidence in our youth through artistic expression and mutual respect.
Do art. Be kind.