YAE! is a multidisciplinary Arts Program for female/femme/non-binary identifying youth offering pre-professional training in street art/
A TYPICAL DAY AT YAE! IS COMPRISED OF 3 MAIN PILLARS: DANCE, MENTORSHIP, MURALS
YAE! Provides students with training in both hiphop and contemporary dance. When training hiphop technique, students will work with rotating instructors learning fundamentals in specified styles under the hiphop umbrella (krump, tacking, breaking etc). They are also given extensive practice time to incorporate these styles into their own freestyle, 1V1, and cypher sessions. When training in contemporary dance, students will work with rotating instructors who will mentor them through improvisational skills.
By the end of the YAE! Program, it is our aim to provide students with exposure to enough movement styles that they are encoureged to find their own unique form movement expression.
Students are presented with workshops from a wide range of guest Artists. Workshops provide an opportunity for students to learn about different art forms and to connect with active working artists in their community. Our hope is that these interactions provide an opportunity for students to connect in a comfortable setting, to ask questions, and to learn the significance of community building. It is important to YAE! to model what strong femme/womxn role models look like in the art world, hopefully empowering youth to step out of their comfort zones and create something new.
Students will learn the fundamental skills necessary for creating a mural. They are guided through the process, focusing on collaboration and cooperation. Students receive lessons in letter-making, drawing, composition, aerosol painting techniques, and mural safety. Mural Mentors provide creative council and a deep understanding of tools. They also guide students through lessons on how to legally paint a mural in Portland (seeking permission when creating art in public space). Students are encouraged to take risks and reach beyond their comfort level for a collaborative process.