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“YAC does so much more than make good art; it makes good people“ – Elisabeth Donley, Alumni

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“YAC does so much more than make good art; it makes good people“ – Elisabeth Donley, Alumni

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“YAC does so much more than make good art; it makes good people“ – Elisabeth Donley, Alumni

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“YAC does so much more than make good art; it makes good people“ – Elisabeth Donley, Alumni

Who We Are

who we are

YAC was founded in 2000 by artists Marcia Perry and Meg Biddle. Since then, with the support of the community, a growing board, and a small staff, they’ve individually mentored over 650 young artists in the Monterey Bay area.

Each artist is mentored in art, job, and life skills. They generate work from their own voice in a collective of peers, mentored by professional artists. YAC alumni have gone on to the arts, business, medicine, education, and journalism knowing how to take risk. YAC is a life-changing (sometimes life saving) escort to their best creative selves. It’s also the most entertaining place to be in Monterey in the afternoons because YACsters don’t hold back in work or conversation.

 “Today I was able to help several YACsters with questions about technique and composition … and another YACster with designing a series of little books, ... directed another to a few artists’ sites for inspiration specific to their interests. Later I photographed art for their portfolios … while having general in studio discussions with a bunch of them about current world events, spoke privately with one of them about their broken home life, another about their emotional struggle with self esteem, and celebrated with yet another about getting into the college of their choice, with scholarship. All in a day’s work.”

Meg Biddle
Co-Founder/Program Director