ArtSpan Youth Open Studios 2019

Program Details


ArtSpan's Youth Open Studios program activates youth artists to plan, promote, and host their own public art exhibition as part of the citywide SF Open Studios event each fall. ArtSpan provides a curriculum outline for coaching students to prepare for their exhibitions and to present themselves as professional artists. Youth groups may incorporate performance (music, dance, spoken word, etc.) in addition to visual art exhibitions. 


The Youth Open Studios program provides a framework for students to learn through experience by represent themselves as legitimate artists as they work toward an exhibition deadline. Students gain public speaking skills, lessons in planning and time management, and a chance to showcase youth creativity to a vast audience of art appreciators. They will learn to promote and host their own exhibition and present their own artwork to their communities as professional artists.


Youth groups that are part of public or private art classes or afterschool programs are eligible to participate in YOS. ArtSpan provides guidelines and promotes the exhibitions planned and hosted by the schools and youth organizations. Strong support and supervision from the group organizer (teacher, youth group leader, parents, etc.) is required. In order to register a group, there must be 5 or more youth artists committed to participation.


Program registration is FREE! A​dult supervisors must get a commitment from at least 5 youth artists, and complete the YOS Registration Agreement by June 28, 2019.


  • YOS Coaching Outline (for teachers / group leaders)
  • Youth Open Studios Exhibition: One Saturday (during SFOS event) 12pm-4pm
  • Promotion from ArtSpan, with featured article in the SF Open Studios Guide Magazine
  • Youth Open Studios posters, postcards and digital flyers listing all participants
  • A promotional listing in ArtSpan's SF Open Studios event newsletter and social media
  • One piece of artwork displayed at the SFOS Exhibition at SOMArts (October 12 – November 3)
For questions and to sign-up, contact Lee Tulchin, Program Assistant
[email protected] / 415-861-9838


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Image above from the Tenderloin Boys & Girls Clubhouse at YOS.

Every Saturday of SF Open Studios: 

See what the next generation of artists has in store for you at Youth Open Studios Exhibitions!

October 13, 2018

ArtSeed & Art Rocks Club House, 480 Green Street, RSVP HERE

October 20, 2018

LOCATION: Hunters Point Shipyard Building 101, 2nd Floor Gallery 

FEATURING: ArtSeed , Tenderloin Boys & Girls Clubhouse, and Kids & Art Foundation

PLUS Art Activities for youth and families! 
If you're planning to bring your young art enthusiasts along for the event on Saturday, be sure to look for the Family Art Activities set-up outside of Building 101. We'll host a FREE painting activity for creative minds of all ages. Get inspired by the studios and create a mini-canvas masterpiece of your own to take home.


October 27, 2018

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, 1975 4th Street, RSVP HERE

Youth Art Exchange, [x]Space, 5137 Mission Street, RSVP HERE

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Smokestack Magnolia, 2505 3rd Street, RSVP HERE

November 3, 2018

Creative IQ, 3423 Balboa Street, RSVP HERE

San Francisco Children's Art Center, Fort Mason, Building C, 2 Marina Blvd., RSVP HERE

November 10, 2018

Buena Vista Horace Mann School, 3351 23rd Street, RSVP HERE

Columbia Park Boys & Girls Clubhouse, 450 Guerrero Street, RSVP HERE

Mission Boys & Girls Clubhouse, 902 Alabama Street, RSVP HERE