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Faces of YAC

  • Meet Lorena

    Lorena

    Lorena, an eighteen-year-old senior at Monterey High, has been a YACster for the past four years. She describes herself as “positive, kind, and hard-working,” although anyone who knows her would agree that’s an understatement. Engaged ›››

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  • Alumni Profile: Ang Vondra

    Huge thanks to Ang for the wonderful interview! Ang is a YACalum who now works at Cartoon Network! Check out more of her fabulous work on her blog here! Year/years at yac My memory is ›››

    posted on October 10, 2017 by
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  • Alumni Profile: Keith Damron

    We're so happy to introduce our next interview with YACalum Keith Damron! Keith is not only a super talented artist but also a fantastic musician - he sings and plays guitar in the rock band ›››

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  • Meet Stephen

    Stephen, an 18-year-old recent graduate of Seaside High, has been a YACster for four years, since he started high school. He feels that words cannot quite express how “respectable and helpful” YAC is. Stephen’s first ›››

    posted on August 17, 2017 by
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  • Alumni Profile: Meheen Ruby

    Huge thanks to Meheen Ruby for her fabulous interview! We are beyond thrilled to welcome Meheen as our newest member of the YAC staff! YACalum, former YAC intern, and now YAC studio assistant - Meheen ›››

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  • Meet Raven

    Raven

    Raven, a 15-year-old homeschooled through Compass Charter School, has been a member of YAC for two years, since she started high school. Raven is the first ever TAGster (Teaching Across Generations – YAC’s Saturday program ›››

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  • Meet Jade

    Jade, a 17-year-old who just graduated from Monterey County Home Charter School has been a member of Youth Arts Collective for all of high school. She considers YAC to be “cozy, knowledgeable, and full of ›››

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  • Meet Taylor

    Taylor, an 18-year-old Senior at York, has been a member of YAC for three years and loves being part of such a “cozy, tranquil and rewarding” community. Self-described as “amiable, quirky and caring,” she first ›››

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  • Studio Antics

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  • Meet Emilio

    Emilio, a 19-year-old student at Monterey Peninsula College, has been a member of YAC for close to two years and loves being part of the “fulfilling, welcoming and cozy” atmosphere. In fact Emilio very much ›››

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  • Alumni Profile: Devin Mireles

    Huge thanks to YACAlum Devin Mireles for this newest interview! Devin is an amazingly talented illustrator, sculptor, and puppet-builder with a brilliant sense of humor and a and totally original voice! Find more of Devin's ›››

    posted on January 12, 2017 by
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  • Meet Tennyson

    YAC Tennyson

    Tennyson, a 17-year-old Junior at Monterey High School, has been a member of YAC for three years, since she first started her freshman year. She finds YAC to be “eye-opening, opportunity-giving, amazing, teaching, and totally ›››

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  • Alumni Profiles: Lauren Shera

    Thank you to YACalum and singer-songwriter Lauren Shera for her lovely interview! If you happen to be in Louisville, Nashville, or Atlanta this December don't miss the end of her tour with Shawn Colvin! Lauren's ›››

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  • Ceramics in Action!

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  • TAG Kids!

    YAC hosts Teaching Across Generations (TAG) workshops every 1st and 2nd Saturday morning, 10-12:00. The studio is open to young artists ages 8-13 to try their hand at sculpting, painting, and much more. YACsters from ›››

    posted on October 22, 2016 by
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  • YAC Attack at Revival Ice Cream!

    Twenty or so YACsters marched over to Ron Mendoza’s new Revival Ice+Cream in true YAC attack fashion to help welcome him to the neighborhood, present him with small ice cream paintings, and to try his fabulous ›››

    posted on October 22, 2016 by
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  • Alumni Profiles: Khalid Hussein

    We're kicking off our new Alumni Interview series with the incredibly talented Los Angeles based artist Khalid Hussein! Be sure to check out more of his gorgeous paintings at Khalidhusseinart.com What years were you at YAC? ›››

    posted on September 21, 2016 by
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  • Meet Kelsoe

    Kelsoe - a 15-year-old independent study sophomore who also takes classes at MPC - has been a YACster for just over a year since he started high school. He finds YAC to be “accepting, lively ›››

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  • Meet Vanya

    Vanya, a 17-year-old (summer of) Senior at Pacific Grove High School, has been a member of YAC for two and a half years and loves being part of such a “candid, steady haven.” In fact ›››

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  • Meet Sophia

    Sophia, a 16-year-old sophomore at Carmel High School, has been a member of YAC for over a year and finds it to be a “welcoming, empowering and magical” place for her to pursue her artistic ›››

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  • Meet Lorenzo

    Lorenzo, a 17-year-old who describes himself as “comedic, meticulous, and stubborn,” is a Pacific Grove High School Senior. He has been a member of YAC for just over a year and half, when he joined ›››

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  • Meet DeShaun

    DeShaun, an 18 year old self-described as “friendly, outgoing and imaginative” is a Seaside High School Senior. She has been a member of YAC for over two years. She finds YAC to be “creative, innovative ›››

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  • YACsters!

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  • In studio at YAC’s 24hr Artathon 2015

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  • Meet Iain

    Iain, a 17-year-old homeschooled senior who also attends classes at Monterey Peninsula College, describes himself as “diligent, optimistic, and an outside-the-box-thinker.” Although Iain has been a member of YAC for just over a year, he's ›››

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  • Meet Kylie

    Kylie, a 16-year-old homeschooled through Ocean Grove Charter, has been a member of YAC for three years and finds it to be a “welcoming, informative, and safe” place for her to pursue her artistic interests. ›››

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  • Meet Darlene

    Darlene, a 20 year old in the midst of her gap year, has attended YAC since high school. After studying abroad for one year in Indonesia, she returned back to Monterey County and to YAC, ›››

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  • Meet CJ

    C.J., a 16-year-old in the summer before his senior year at York School, has been a YACster for 3 years - since he started high school. He finds YAC to be “eclectic, quirky and entertaining” ›››

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  • Meet Demitria

    Demitria, a 19-year-old MPC Freshmen, has been a member of YAC for 4+ years, when her Mother, thankfully, introduced her to the organization. When Demi first joined she considered herself very shy and reluctant to ›››

    posted on May 1, 2015 by
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  • Meet Brian

    Brian, a 21 year old, self-described stoic and compassionate individual, is taking a leave of absence from the Santa Fe University of Art & Design. He has been a member of YAC for 3 years ›››

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  • Meet Merritt

    Merritt, a 17-year-old Independent Study Senior, has been a member of YAC for 4 years – since she was a high school freshman. She finds YAC to be “supportive, open and motivational;” a place where ›››

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  • Meet Grace

    Grace, a 17-year-old Senior at Monterey High, has been a member of YAC for 3.5 years – since she was a high school freshman. She finds YAC to be “unique, expressive and quirky,” as well ›››

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  • Meet Angela

    Angela, a 19-year-old sophomore at MPC, has gratefully been a member of YAC for 4+ years and is now the intern. Not a huge surprise, as she remembers carefully redrawing the covers of VHS cartoon ›››

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  • Meet Ellie

    Ellie, a 16-year-old Junior at York, has been a member of Youth Arts Collective for a year. She first remembers doing art when, at five years old, she made her younger sister a book about ›››

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  • Meet Lizzy

    Lizzy, a 16-year-old Junior at Pacific Grove High School, has been a member of YAC for a year and a half and loves being part of such a “colorful, happy, creative” community. Being a YACster ›››

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  • Meet Justin

    Justin Thornton

    Justin, an 18 year old who just finished his freshmen year at CSU Monterey Bay, has been a YACster for two years and considers it his number one inspiration. Since joining YAC, which he finds ›››

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  • Meet Andrea

    Andrea Alexander

    Andrea, a 18 year old Senior at York School, has been a member of YAC for over four months and as she finds it to be “colorful, eclectic and welcoming” will be sad to leave ›››

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  • Meet Natalia

    Natalia

    Natalia, a 16-year-old R.L. Stevenson Junior, has been a member of Youth Arts Collective since she started High School. Natalia describes YAC as cozy, welcoming, diverse and awesome! Having been a YACster for over two ›››

    posted on March 3, 2014 by
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  • Meet Esteban

    Esteban

    Esteban Esteban, a 19 year old Sophomore at Monterey Peninsula College, has been a YACster for 3 ½ years. A passionate, driven, perfectionist, Esteban first discovered his love of art when docents would arrive into ›››

    posted on January 9, 2014 by
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