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Building Community via Art-Making

YAP x Future Is Us Collective x Creative Resilience Youth

Future is Us Collective invited us to collaborate on a Young People's Art Mart: a way to celebrate young makers and artists in Philly. We co-hosted a festival where our participants got an opportunity to sell their artwork!

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YAP x People's Paper Co-op x Philly Community Bail Fund

Back for our annual collaboration with the PCBF, we screen printed tote bags that we designed in collaboration with the cohort of formerly incarcerated women at the PPC. Thank you to Second State Press where we screen printed the tote bags!

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Workshop: Photography

Lead Teaching Artists led a workshop on analog (film) and digital photography. A big perk of having our studio at Crane Arts is that we can collaborate with other organizations in the building. We collaborated with TILT Institute for Photography to use their education equipment for the digital cameras and learned to edit photographs.

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YAP Gets a Kiln!

That's right! We have a working kiln and lots of clay. Interested in making clay? Perfect place to experiment

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YAP x Prevention Meets Fashion

We annually partner with Prevention Meets Fashion on their Condom Fashion Show. We use this as an opportunity to talk through sexual health & safety as well as a collaborative creative projects to make clothes with out-of-service condoms.

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Winter Art Auction

Finally! We were able to host our annual winter art auction in-person at our beautiful studio <3

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Workshop: Fat Bodies

Mentor Kris Hill led us in in Fat Bodies workshop where she shared her experiences and encouraged participants to learn how to draw full-figured bodies, curves, and body rolls and love their bodies.

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Workshop: Portrait Drawing

Lead Teaching Artists led participants in a portrait drawing lesson

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YAP x PeopleHood March

Each year, we kick-off our program by participating in PeopleHood March and making sculptural pieces. In 2021, we painted houses that we wore during the community march.

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YAP x Philadelphia Community Bail Fund Journals

The Young Artist Program created reflective notebooks for mamas and caregivers coming home from Philadelphia Prisons. 

The notebooks are available for preorder for $25 each.


Proceeds from the notebooks go to supporting The Young Arts Program and the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund 

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YAP x CRY x DSM 215 Art Exhibition

The Young Artist Program collaborated with Creative Resilience Youth to create and organize a public art exhibition at the Cherry Street Pier in June 2021.

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Pillow-Affirmation Embroidery Workshop

We invite artists and makers to come as Guest Teaching Artists.


For this workshop, our mentor Ivy-yon Jackson led us in an embroidery workshop by making pillows with words of affirmation.

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Young Futurist Studies Series

In 2021, YAP participated in the The Young Futurist Studies Series led by Ras Stanford of Deep Space Mind 215 (DSM215) to explore youth-led wellness innovations with collaborators at Creative Resilient Youth (CRY).


The Youth Futurism Series focuses on World Building and the concept of Futurisms in order to imagine inclusive futures filled with safety, care and joy.

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Art Making at the Studio

We have a physical studio space at the Crane Arts building where we safely host workshops, have 1:1 art making with youth, and that we are actively furnishing

Pictured is Chelsey Luster who graciously painted our studio. 

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YAP BONANZA Holiday Art Auction

Each December, we organize an art auction of the artworks we created to fundraise for YAP's expenses and more!

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Gay Field Day 

An annual kick-off to our programs: a day spent in community with our youth and supporters playing games, making art, and enjoying ourselves

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