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The Youth Media Project (YMP) is an experiential youth arts education and mentorship program that provides training to Latino youth in video filming and editing, sound recording and editing, and computer graphics. The program also guides youth in the exploration of the direct linkage between creative activity and community building, the potential "uses" of artwork in a social context, and the role of the artist as a public citizen. The program offers one-on-one support to students in order to help them to effectively bridge the persistent "digital divide" and equip them with skills they can later develop professionally as well as with tools with which they can sharpen their analytical skills, critical thinking and media literacy.



SPRING / FALL 2009 - Mission Echoes: Social Change Through Poetic Soundscapes

Conducted by visual artist Julio Morales, youth investigate historical narratives related to social movements in the Mission District, and links to their own histories, perspectives and exp eriences as Mission District youth. Youth develop their creative voice and experience how public art launches community dialogue and debate, promotes community empowerment and eventually contributes to social change. Youth develop skills in Final Cut Pro, computer graphics, and drawing.

Listen to the youths beats and create your own!

SPRING / FALL 2008 - Youth Riots

Conducted by Ariel Roman, youth explore the historical phenomenon of pivotal conflicts, moments and riots from the late 20th century to recent social and political events. The activities seek to create a bridge between, art, history and youth culture in order to transcend and understand the history of crowds and power. Youth develop skills in computer graphics, drawing, stencils and silkscreen printing.

REC (Recording Every Corner)

Conducted by Jerome Reyes, youth explore their urban environment through science fiction narratives to address fictionalized and real examples of immigration and cultural borders. Students are introduced to contemporary video art production through urban interventions, performative & time- based art, and science-fiction history. Youth develop skills in video recording and editing.

Mission Echoes: Sound Memorials

Conducted by Julio Morales, youth research first voice accounts from The Freedom Archive’s audio library — an impressive collection of over 8,000 hours of recordings of historical speeches, rallies and protests from the 1960s on — and develop projects that reincorporate these voices into the historical narratives of public locations and murals in the Mission. Youth develop skills in sound recording, sound editing, performance, online social networks.

This project was made possible thanks to the support of the San Francisco Arts Commission/Artists in Innovative Community Partnerships Grants Program.

The participants will conduct research at the Freedom Archives as the context for group discussions about social, cultural and political conflicts that took place in San Francisco during the last half of the Twentieth Century.  Led by Morales, these group discussions will enhance the participants’ understanding of the history of crowds and power by connecting recent social and political events to the participants’ lives and to the art and youth culture of the past. Following the project’s research and discussion phases, Morales will assist the participants to create and develop a series of digital posters and a digital mural. These original works will be based on San Francisco events illustrating the conflicts underlying the historical civil rights struggles of people of color, women, the LGBT community and immigrants, the Vietnam War, the Farmworkers Strike, police brutality, gentrification and other issues. The participants will design their posters on computers and will create “iconic” images based on these events, both from historical imagery and from their imaginations.  



Partner with us for a Paper Jam Session!

Galería’s youth programs also include Paper Jam Sessions, an open studio that takes place quarterly on either a Friday evening or the day of a district-wide furlough day. Youth, their families, friends, and peers are invited to participate in a media laboratory consisting of lectures, music, and hands-on art-making workshops taught by professional artists and educators from Galería’s Youth Media arts education program that bring together community organizations and youth for arts-based programming. If you would like to be part of our sessions, please send an email to, with the subject "Paper Jams Collaborate." 

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