Youth Artists Taking Action
Must be a Santa Cruz County Member
Must be committed to actively participate
* Our orientation and first meeting of the 2023-24 school year will be on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 11am-2pm at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education building (400 Encinal St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060). At this meeting we will confirm our weekly meeting times and location.
Weekly Meetings - Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm, physical location TBD (Hybrid option available)
YLLA Monthly Meetings - Generally first Saturday of the month 10am-2pm with the other YLLA groups (In person only):
September 23rd - County Office of Education, 400 Encinal St. Santa Cruz, CA
October 14th - Sequoia High Schools, 229 Green Valley Freedom, CA
November 4th - County Office of Education, 400 Encinal St. Santa Cruz, CA
December 2nd - Sequoia High Schools, 229 Green Valley Freedom, CA
February 3rd - County Office of Education, 400 Encinal St. Santa Cruz, CA
March 2nd - Sequoia High Schools, 229 Green Valley Freedom, CA
April 6th - County Office of Education, 400 Encinal St. Santa Cruz, CA
May 4th - Sequoia High Schools, 229 Green Valley Freedom, CA
Community is the Heart of Connection - A Tile Mosaic Mural
Our project for the 2022/23 school year centered around the sacrifices and contributions of the valuable service workers around the county. This year's YATA students wanted to use their art to showcase the many people who work tirelessly in various sectors of our local economy to keep our community going.
The students were keenly aware that many of these service workers never stopped working, even through the darkest days of the pandemic. They believe that had it not been for their willingness to persevere through health hazards, poor working conditions and other unforeseen challenges, society would not have been able to function.
The YATA team also wanted to underscore the fact that through the services provided by workers in every sector, we are all directly connected. Every student in our group was able to name a friend or family member who works in one of these vital industries. Working with guest teaching artists, Josefina Rocha, the students were able to illustrate this connection through the colors they chose, the stylistic design of each tile, and the sense of movement they were able to create within the piece.
Protect Our Ocean - Twin Murals
The YATA students of the 2021/22 school year chose to focus their efforts on environmental advocacy. Under the mentorship and guidance of professional muralist, Jessica Evanjelista, YATA was able to design and execute a pair of murals in the front parking lot of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education building.
The murals are meant to bring awareness of the connection between our oceans and storm drains. Anything that ends up in a storm drain will inevitably reach the ocean and affect the rich ecosystem of our California coast.
The first mural was painted around the storm drain of the parking lot to remind observers of our collective responsibility to properly recycle and dispose of our trash so that it doesn't get swept out to sea. The arms painted around the grate are meant to portray every community member as a protector and steward of the ocean.
The second mural represents the wide variety of life that exists in our region of the Central Coast.