Young Artists Group

Downtown Arts District’s Young Artists Group connects Orlando’s youth providing a place which cultivates creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration from local mentors. Membership is moderated. Members are notified once you've been approved.

Location: 29 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
Members: 82
Latest Activity: Feb 26

Young Artists Group Basic Details:

The goal for the Young Artists Group (YAG) is to attract exceptional artistic talent, mentor, educate and help bring their remarkable work to audiences throughout the Downtown Arts District and beyond.

The age range for this group is between the ages of 15 and 21 years. Adults in the visual and performing arts interested in becoming a mentor and/or instructor are welcome to join this group. The Group will meet regularly online via the Slice, at CityArts Factory and occasionally at performance venues and galleries in Downtown Orlando.


Monthly Mentor Workshops:

The first Saturday of every month (exception of June and July due to summer break for students), the CityArts Young Artists Group will meet from 1-4 PM for a professional development workshop lead by one of our mentor artists. Concepts and ideas to be discussed include professionalism and intentionality as an artist, developing your artist's statement, how to create a body of work for exhibits, curating an exhibit, finding your voice/style as an artist, as well as many other topics. Mentor artists will also introduce the YAG members to their own personal style and to the mediums used in their artwork. YAG Third Thursday exhibits be reflect that which the student artist take from their exposure to the mentor's artwork, whether it be style, subject or medium. Art supplies are available during the workshop generously provided by SAM FLAX, the largest local art retailer in Orlando. An application must be completed to participate in this YAG Group activity. CLICK HERE to download the application document.

Monthly Third Thursday Exhibits:

Each month where there has been a mentor workshop held, the YAG members will display their work for that month reflecting the style, subjects and/or mediums of the mentor artist for the month. YAG members will rotate taking the responsibility for curating the YAG exhibit each Third Thursday. Adhering to deadlines and gallery guidelines will be a priority in YAG members' artistic development. Gallery themes, such as Halloween, will be incorporated into the YAG exhibits themes, as well. CLICK HERE to download the application document.

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After you have joined the YAG Group, please post a “Comment” below indicating if you are a “Youth Member", “Mentor”, "Educator", "Parent" or "Artist", etc...



Mayor Dyer and the Founding Members of the all-new Downtown Arts District Youth Group 2010

Discussion Forum

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Comment Wall


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Comment by Meridith Olinger on July 8, 2012 at 10:04pm

SPECIAL SUMMER YAG WORKSHOP FEATURING DOUGLAS NESBIT! We had so many requests for another photography workshop and here it is!!  Douglas is back for another day of professional instruction, presentation and inspiration in digital photography.  Bring your digital camera and plan on learning from one of the best professional photographers in the business of both fine art photography and commercial photography.

The ideal camera for this workshop is digital camera that can be manually adjusted, not a point and shot camera... BUT PLEASE come if all you have access to is a point and click.  You will still be able to particiapte and gain so much valuable insight into photography.

We will see you on July 21 at 1:00! And bring a friend!

Comment by Franklin Reyes on April 14, 2012 at 10:43pm

Hey, my name is Franklin and i am a new member as well a new artist.  

Comment by shauna jackson on April 10, 2012 at 1:14pm

My name is Shauna Jackson.  I am a new member as well as a new artist.  I am just finding out about all the exciting places to go check out local art.  I can't wait to be able to participate, hopefully shortly. I am also a mother of 4 so it is hard to get that extra time as well.  All of my painting is inspired by my kids and the world around them.  The negativity and ignorance that feeds most people is also a strong inspiration.  I want my kids to understand the world and not be sheltered by hatred and differences.

Comment by Matt Beach on October 2, 2011 at 3:39pm
Hey all my name is Matt Beach and I'm a youth member and artist. I recently started Daytona State College's photography major and I'm on track for a BFA in photography!
Comment by David Wheeler on June 12, 2011 at 12:40pm
Quaree please join the Group and other artists this Thursday at CityArts Factory for our monthly Third Thursday Gallery Hop, See you there!
Comment by Qaree Dreher on June 12, 2011 at 12:21am
Hello [: My name is Qaree Dreher and I'm a new youth member of the Young Artists Group. I'm taking AP Studio art next year and I'm really hoping to expand my horizons by communicating and surrounding myself with artist, and I ultimately want to grow as a photographer.
Comment by Jared Maltbie on May 20, 2011 at 4:43pm

I'm happy to say that I've attended my first 3rd Thursday yesterday and it was a great experience. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what some of the local artist had to offer and look forward to seeing what comes in the future.


I'd love to know how to get some of my work showcased.

Comment by Krystal Quint on May 18, 2011 at 12:26pm
Whats going on with this months exhibit?
Comment by Krystal Quint on January 26, 2011 at 2:58pm
I want to participate!
Comment by David Wheeler on November 26, 2010 at 1:46am
Hope everyone had a "YAG" day!

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