YBCA's Community Engagement is a dynamic, multi-faceted education and outreach department that explores and contextualizes YBCA's Big Ideas to the broadest possible audience. Our educational and public programs work collaboratively with YBCA curators and community groups to illuminate the social relevance of contemporary art. Through these programs we create a culture of inquiry and curiosity and respond to the diverse needs in our communities, from local to global.
Youth and School Programs
Our Young Artists at Work program is a paid afterschool program that promotes arts mastery and community activism for gifted and promising high school youths. Our Group Gallery Tours provide facilitated and self-guided gallery tours for students of all ages to engage with YBCA’s dynamic, multi-disciplinary programming.
Smart Night Out
If a YBCA performance is dinner, then Smart Night Out is the appetizer and the dessert. For a small addition to the regular ticket price, you can immerse yourself in a range of dynamic activities surrounding the evening's performance. Smart Night Out, a first-of-its-kind program, is part workshop, part dinner date, and part backstage sneak peek.
YBCA welcomes the support of volunteers with a wide range of interests and skills who want to give back to their community by supporting the Bay Area's premier venue for contemporary art. Volunteers are active participants in the life of YBCA and work closely with staff and curators in a variety of capacities.
YBCA:YOU is a self-curated approach to experiencing art at YBCA. As a participant in the program, you’ll work with your personal aesthetic fitness coach to develop a plan of action—programs, events, discussions, field trips—that help you reach your goals as an aesthete. Whether you want to be able to demystify contemporary dance, learn a few pointers for your next cocktail party, connect our exhibitions to your own work as an artist, or just make keep art a central part of your life, this program is for you.
YBCAway gives micro-commissions towards the production costs of 20 different companies based in the 5 counties of the SF Bay Area who are presenting evening length performances during the 2012-13 season.