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Via – Sofia Airaghi

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Youth Art Exchange announces the 2nd annual, (415) Public Gallery, an art show that places the public as both exhibitors and audience members. Exhibiting (hopefully!) 415 pieces, the curation of the art show will be crowdsourced from those living/working/loving in San Francisco. No, we really mean EVERYONE, whether they consider themselves an artist or not, we want everybody’s creativity in our gallery. All ages/backgrounds welcome.

This art show will draw San Francisco together by placing pieces together from unexpected and delightful participants. Building the art show will gather a creative community in the southeastern part of San Francisco in the Excelsior at [x]space arts hub by connecting neighbors and beyond as they show and view work.

By extending an open invitation to all – those who may or may not consider themselves artists – (415) Public Gallery aims to break down barriers to accessing the arts and questioning what is it to exhibit in a gallery space. Blurring lines between audience and exhibitor, (415) Public Gallery will extend further than “the traditional gallery”, as an exhibition by and for the public.

Work will be on display at [x]space from April 4-27, 2020. Join us for 1) youth-led workshops on Saturday April 4th from 2-4pm, 2) the exhibition opening Saturday, April 4th from 4-7pm and 3) a happy hour (415) party on Wednesday, April 15, from 7-9pm. [x]space arts hub, a project of Youth Art Exchange, is located at 5137 Mission Street in San Francisco.

Youth Art Exchange sparks a shared creative practice between professional artists and public high school students, furthering youth as thinkers, leaders, and artists in San Francisco. We foster a creative community from which public art and civic interruptions emerge in the context of San Francisco’s vibrancies and disparities.

[x]space, a project of Youth Art Exchange, is an interactive arts hub and gallery space launched in 2018. Transformed from a meat market that was closed for nearly a decade, [x]space is focused on creative exchange between youth, artists, and the Excelsior community. [x] is a variable, representing ever changing programming and exhibits within its walls. [x]space also houses ArtSpan studio artists, Green Art Workshop, and Youth Art Exchange programming.

(415) Public Gallery Details

Submission Dates: Monday-Thursdays, March 2-26th at [x]space, 5137 Mission Street. Fridays in March at City Hall. More details below.

Submission Drop Off Locations:

[x]space arts hub, 5137 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94112

Dates: March 2-26th, Mondays – Thursdays

Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-6:30pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-7:30pm. 

Deadline is Thursday 3/26. If you can’t make those times, you can email us to set up another time.

Contact: Sofia Vivanco Airaghi,

City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, 4th Floor, Room 448, San Francisco, CA 94102

Dates: Fridays in March: 3/6 10am-2pm, 3/13 10am-5pm, 3/20 10am-5pm, and Friday 3/27 10am – 5pm. Please email Darcy to let her know when you are dropping off. 

Contact: Darcy Bender,

Exhibit dates: 4/4-4/27


Exhibit Activities:

  • Youth-Led Workshops, Saturday April 4th 2-4pm

  • Opening, Saturday April 4th 4-7pm

  • Happy Hour, Wednesday April 15th 7-9pm

Deinstall/pick up 4/28-4/30 10am-7pm from [x]space, 5137 Mission St.

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