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Monterey’s Youth Arts Collective Welcomes Young Artists to Join

Cami Morgan, News Reporter

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The Youth Arts Collective is a studio and gallery located at Calle Principal, Monterey, where high school and college-age artists are able to exhibit art and express themselves creatively.

YAC provides their student artists with supplies and mentors, and helps them experience a professional art environment.

YAC offers a variety of art mediums, such as ceramics, airbrush, digital art, and acrylic, oil, and watercolor paint.

Open four hours a day, for six days a week, many students are able to work on art after school.

The atmosphere at YAC is very friendly and open and many different styles of art are shown there. Not only does YAC mentor and equip teen artists with artistic potential, there are also many opportunities for “Yacsters” to show their art at events.

YAC helps to price work and frame art to put up at shows and events.

Events include three art shows a year and the “Live Art” event, where Yacsters and other artists do five-minute live sketches. During the “Art-a-thon,” a yearly event during the Summer, Yacsters make art for 24-hours to raise money for the studio. YAC also has different workshops, from character design to calligraphy.  

Jasmine Romero, Yacster and Monterey high senior, has been a part of the program for a year and recommends it for any high school age artist who is serious about art.

Romero said, “YAC helped me learn more about how it would be to have an art career because of being able to sell art there.”

Being a part of YAC is good for college applications and helps give opportunities and experience if one is interested in an art-related career.

Romero also said that if a student is a part of the AMP academy at school for visual arts, and/or is set on having a career in art in the future, or just really enjoys making art, YAC is a good recommendation to help them grow as an artist and be a part of the community. YAC helps teach many different skills and helps to develop artistic potential in many ways.

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