Bay Area Youth Arts is a nonprofit youth development through the arts program. Our mission is to help at-risk, inner-city youth develop the self-discipline, self-confidence and self-esteem necessary to lead positive and productive lives. We prepare young people for life’s challenges and opportunities through an arts education program that fosters listening skills, learning skills, creativity and responsibility.
We believe education and participation in the arts contribute to the healthy development of young people, their families and communities. In an era of reduced funding for the arts in schools, we are committed to providing young people with a gateway into the arts.
We are welcoming and inclusive of all children, including those with special needs. Music, song and dance are taught in a nurturing, child-centered manner particularly well-suited for children from difficult circumstances.
Children of all ages are invited to attend our classes and workshops in African and jazz percussion as well as classical and jazz violin.