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Q: Is the SFUSD Arts Festival the same as Young at Art and/or the San Francisco Youth Arts Festival?

A: In 2007, San Francisco Youth Arts Festival was renamed Young at Art. In 2013, Young at Art was renamed SFUSD Arts Festival.

Q: Where and when does the SFUSD Arts Festival take place?

A: The Asian Art Museum in the Civic Center of San Francisco, CA from April 27, 2019 to May 5, 2019. However, some events (such as the Literary Arts events and Film Festival) may take place at SFMOMA and other locations in the city. Monday, April 29, 2019 is only open for school groups.

Q: Where is the Asian Art Museum located?

A: The Asian Art Museum is located in the heart of San Francisco's Civic Center district. The address is 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA. For directions and transportation information, visit the Asian Art Museum's Plan Your Visit page.

Q: Where is the SFMOMA located?

A: The SFMOMA is located in the heart of San Francisco's SOMA district. The address is 151 Third Streett, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Q: How may I volunteer for the festival?

A: Information will be posted soon!

Q: I would like to come on a field trip with my class. How do I do that?

A: You may fill out a field trip form on the Asian Art Museum's website by clicking here and submitting the information for visits.

If you are planning on attending the Student Film Festival / Media Arts event at the SFMOMA on April 30, 2019, please click here to submit a field trip request.

Q: When are the student performances?

A: A list of performances are now available on the Events page. A printable PDF of the complete performance schedule may also be found by clicking here.

Q: Where are the hands on activities?

A: The hands on activities take place in the 2nd floor galleries of the Asian Art Museum. Please check back for more specific details about this year's hands on activities. Past arts activities have included paper folding, bracelet making, constructing simple books and knot tying.

Q: When and where is the Literary Arts event?

A: Literary arts awards will be presented at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., in the Civic Center. April 28, 2019, 2–4 p.m. The ceremony also will feature creative writing and spoken-word perform ances from the community.

Q: When and where is the Media Arts event?

A: This year’s Film & Media Event will be presented to the public at the Wattis Theater of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), 151 Third St., on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

K-8 presentations are from 11 am to 12 pm. The program for grades 6-12 is scheduled from 1:15 pm-2:15 pm. Following the afternoon presentation, the student filmmakers will be invited up on stage for a brief question and answer session.

Q: Who is eligible for particpation?

A: All students grades Pre-K through 12 attending a public/private school or a community arts program located in the city of San Francisco.

Q: How do I get a packet with entry forms with a poster sent to me?

A: Entry forms will be available on this website in PDF form or for online application (Coming Soon). The poster is available by mail through the VAPA office.

Call, write, or come to the VAPA office:

Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA)
Curriculum and Instruction
San Francisco Unified School District
750 - 25th Avenue, Bungalow 1
San Francisco, CA 94121

Phone: 415-379-7023
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please call us before coming by to make sure someone is available to help you.

Q: When are your deadlines for the call for entries?

A: All deadlines are found on your physical entry forms and may also be found below or by clicking here.

Visual Arts (3 per school/program; limit to 1 per student)

-Elementary: please bring artwork from April 3-5, 2019 between 1:00 - 4:30 p.m..

-Middle / High / Community Groups: please bring artwork from April 3-5, 2019 between 1:00 - 4:30 p.m..

-Special Projects Application and photo submissions are due by Friday, March 15, 2019 (Special Projects require pre-approval. Once approved, you will be asked to bring your projects to the VAPA department on a date/time TBD.

-Performing Arts Application are due (via Asian Art Museum link) on January 31, 2019. (Online submission handled by the Asian Art Museum).

-Literary Arts Applications and material deadlines are Friday, March 22, 2019.

-Media Arts (film) Applications and material are due on Friday, March 22, 2019.

Please follow the deadlines. All late submissions will be disqualified.

Q: When do I have to bring in my students’ artwork?

A:-Elementary: please bring artwork on April 3-5, 2019 between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m..

-Middle / High / Community Groups: please bring artwork on April 3-5, 2019 between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m..

-Special Projects (if selected): Once approved, bring accepted Special Projects to the VAPA office at the designated drop-off times (TBD).

Q: Where do I bring or send my entries?

A: Please drop off your visual artwork and literary entries to the appropriate locations and by the stated deadlines to:

Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA)
Curriculum and Instruction
San Francisco Unified School District
750 - 25th Avenue, Bungalow 1
San Francisco, CA 94121

Please make sure all of the work you drop off is clearly labeled.

Q: What are your criteria for selection of artwork?

A: The teachers curate the individual entries; we try to put up all the artwork submitted. For special projects (large group projects such as sculptures, murals etc.) a panel will review the photographs of the special project entries.

The criteria for special projects include:

1) Does the artwork demonstrate the use of the State of California standards?
2) Will the project give teachers ideas?
3) What is the physical size and weight of the project? What are the hanging requirements or constraints in terms of display (floor space, wall space, pedestals, stands, vitrines, walls, hooks?)
4) How many other projects are there like it?
5) Is the project well conceived, visually pleasing, does it demonstrate excellence?
6) Is it a school targeted for participation? What are the school’s resources?
7) Will the class come and see the artwork on a field trip?
8) Does the project have a paragraph description to put on the label for other teachers?
9) Will it be ready/finished within the timeframe of the festival?

Q: How are the literary entries selected?

A: A panel of professional writers selected by the district's Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) will jury the entries.

Q: How are the performances selected?

A: Teachers apply to perform and the performance curator works to include as many performances as possible. Last year all requests were accommodated.

Q: Where and when do I pick up my students' artwork when the Festival has ended?

A: Information for picking up students' artwork after the festival will be posted soon!