Intensive Art Mentorship ( I AM)

Intensive Art Mentorship: Bahia Vista & Venetia Valley

Calling all artists ages 13-18! 

Make art. Be heard. Get Paid. 

Youth in Arts’  Intensive Art Mentorship program aims to amplify the power in young artists to make important change happen in their communities.

We want to hear from you — your ideas, feelings, thoughts, and questions! We are looking for motivated artists ages 13-18 that are looking to learn, create, and create artwork in San Rafael.

In our new summer workshop, I AM (Intensive Arts Mentorship), young artists will work with a professional artist and muralist to create public art that will be created at 2 San Rafael elementary school sites. Join us and Mentor Artists, Fred Alvarado and Keena Romano, as we explore, discover, and create. I AM: Bahia Vista and I Am: Venetia Valley will bring together a group of up to 20 young, emerging artists to create a public art piece in San Rafael centering the voices of local youth. What do you want to say? What do you want to create?


Each Emerging Artist will receive a $15/hr stipend for their selection and participation. 

Apply by May 7!


Apply for an intensive young artist mentorship!

(all dates are mandatory at least one site)

I AM: Bahia Vista Elementary 

  • at  Youth in Arts June 12, 14, 16
  • At Bahia Vista June 23, 30, July 7

11am – 2pm (all days): 18 workshop hours

I AM: Venetia Valley Elementary

  • at  Youth in Arts June 12, 14, 16
  • at Venetia Valley June 19, 26, July 10

11am – 2pm (all days): 18 workshop hours

*Youth artists must be present at all dates for selected projects to be eligible for the program

Applications due by: Monday, May 7, 2023

Youth in Arts is passionate about and dedicated to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for young artists experiencing disabilities in our programs. Our building is ADA compliant, and we encourage interested students to reach out to Director of Programs, Jose Carrasco at jose@youthinarts.org to inquire after or request reasonable accommodation.

Meet the I AM 2023 Mentor Artists

Fred Alvardao

Fredericko Alvarado is a project based artist working through drawing, painting, public art, video, and curatorial practices. Their work revolves building with communities in the creations of site specific works. Alvarado engages sites through observation, research, and connection to local centers, organizations, and individuals who negotiate given spaces. This allows them the ability to experience, learn, and decipher differences and commonalities between the diverse personalities and cultures of this beautiful world.






Keena Azania Romano

Keena Azania Romano exercises her creative mind through the
exploration of diverse artistic mediums as a way to engage and
understand individual and collective purpose. Romano received her
BFA from Pomona College then returned to her native Bay Area to
pursue a career in the Arts. Her Murals can be spotted from
Sacramento, California, to Richmond, Virginia to Oaxaca, Mexico.
Inspired by cultural practices, Romano combines spirituality with
urban experience to produce work that draws upon the quest for a
greater understanding of intersectional beauty in this world. She fuses
traditional native arts with contemporary inner-city techniques to
reflect a new language that encourages the healing and
empowerment process between community members and their
environments. Her style is described as “vibrant and insightful”.
She aspires to travel and create a colorful trail of art by exploring the
modern Diaspora based on her multi-ethnic experience.