C Street: Untitled – Summer Visual Arts Intensive for Marin Teens on Social Justice

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Artist Orin Carpenter

Are you a teen who is passionate about equity and raising awareness in your community? Join Youth in Arts’ summer mentorship program for emerging high school artists! 

Participants will work with Mentor Artist Orin Carpenter to create a collaborative public artwork to be placed in San Rafael’s Terra Linda community. The five-week project will center on the topics of racism and social justice, with a specific focus on Marin. 

C Street: Untitled aims to amplify the power in young artists to make important change happen in their communities,” said Executive Director Kristen Jacobson. 

The program is open to up to 10 artists in Marin County, ages 13 – 18, who are passionate about creating and sharing their artwork with the community.

“Our goal is for young artists in this program to explore creative expression, engage in critical conversations, and create impactful artworks to share with the world,” said Program Director Kelsey Rieger.

Participants must commit to the full program, which runs from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Mondays and Wednesdays at the YIA studio from June 28 to August 4. Artists will be given a stipend for their work. Applications are available online and are due June 18. 

Carpenter is a professional artist as well as visual and performing arts director at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield.

“Being an artist of color (AOC), I have the power to bring others into the world I experience through the lens of my creations. I have the power to educate, elevate, and challenge anyone who encounters my works of art,” Carpenter says on his website.  “Allowing everyone to see the world through my eyes and hopefully change their perception with a new vision and offer them the opportunity to share in the journey … my journey.”

C Street: Untitled is part of Youth in Arts’ Intensive Art Mentorship (I AM) programs. One of the most popular programs is ´Til Dawn, the award-winning a cappella ensemble. The advanced music program celebrates the value of the arts, encourages positive messages about meaningful social issues and inspires children and adults of all ages. Like ‘Til Dawn, Youth in Arts aims to make in-depth mentorship from professionals in their field available to emerging visual artists from all backgrounds and abilities.

Youth in Arts and the YIA Gallery and studio are located at 917 C St., San Rafael, between 3rd and 4th streets.

To learn more, contact Kelsey Rieger at kelsey@youthinarts.org

photo: Orin Carpenter website



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