Young Arts Arizona’s service to the community is rooted in collaboration with other organizations. We collaborate with schools, agencies, and gallery venues in Maricopa, Pinal, Pima, and Gila counties. Our 120+ collaborators make it possible to reach over 5000 children and 1.5 million audience members through the arts every year.
The children at our collaborating schools and social agencies create art within a curriculum. The art is usually themed. Our curator Whitney Espinosa selects pieces for exhibit and then frames them. All of our exhibits – over 100 per year - are shown in our 33 public galleries.
Young Arts collaborates with 3 school districts, which enables us to reach many children through art! We work together with art teachers who inspire their students’ creativity. In turn, we are able to exhibit the children’s art, which instills an enormous sense of pride in them!
Young Arts brings art to challenged children where there are no art programs in place. Two art therapists and 4 teaching artists, who work with Young Arts, inspire sick, disabled, dying, and injured children to release their creative spirit in programs held at two hospitals, a respite care center, and a rehab center. All of these medical facilities also have galleries to show the children’s art.
Young Arts also brings art workshops to 2 detention centers in Phoenix and Mesa. The children, who are greatly at risk, benefit tremendously from being able to release their creativity and have an antidote to aggression, fear, and anxiety.
Uniquely, Young Arts exhibits the art of challenged youth in buildings that were not designed as art galleries. Therefore, thousands of community members have the opportunity to see our children’s exhibits in public buildings every day. People who would perhaps not seek out an art gallery are able to enjoy quality shows while going about their business. Signs accompanying the exhibits inform of the challenges the children endure.
Young Arts Arizona continually shows art in three “home” galleries, Passages, Papp, and Artist-in-Residence. Four to five times a year Young Arts hosts widely published opening receptions there that coincide with Phoenix’s First Friday art walk. Young artists are celebrated, receive awards and recognition. Guests consist of friends and family of the artists, as well as the general public.
Magnet Traditional, Villa Montessori, Solano, Kyrene de los Cerritos, Aztec, Rose Linda, New Way Learning Academy, Summit, Surprise, Pleasant View, Hearn, Tavan, Tonalea, Conchos, Taft, Hopi, Navajo, Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center, Phoenix Advantage, Creighton, Granada, Ocotillo, Tempe Preparatory School, Starshine Academy, Phoenix Preparatory School, Emerson, Sunnyslope, Desert Voices Oral Learning Center, Lookout Mountain, Academia del Pueblo, Phoenix Country Day, Edison
Conchos, Osborn, Kyrene Akimel A-al
North, Page, Metro Tech, South Mountain, Chaparral, New School for the Arts, East Valley Technical Institute, Desert Mountain, Camp Verde, Mingus Mountain, Sedona, Summit
Phoenix Elementary School District, Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education, Cottonwood AZ