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Youth Arts Collective (YAC)


Youth Arts Collective's mission is to inspire creativity, kindness and confidence in our local youth through artistic expression and mutual respect. Do Art. Be Kind.

The Big Idea

Making art can be about more than art; it can also be about creating a community. Youth Arts Collective (YAC) offers year-round classes to students ages 14-22, including after-school programming and mentorship. They believe in instilling confidence and kindness through the arts to create better individuals. With 21 years of experience under their belt, YAC’s Big Idea is to continue their mentorship program to inspire young artists in a kind and safe environment. Working together, professional artists and students create art and then exhibit (and sell) their work.

YAC is invaluable. The way this setting supports the creative passions and interests of students is stimulating and restorative. The community in YAC's walls is a safe space to express ourselves and feel accepted for who we are. As a teenager, this meant the world to me. I am so grateful for my experience as a YACster. The Monterey Bay Peninsula is beyond lucky to have such a gem for young artists to find a home away from home.

- Natalie Friedrich

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