City Studio

Youth. Art. Activate.

SFAI’s award-winning City Studio program offers underserved youth a high-quality arts education in their own neighborhood, enlists youth in a long-term program to gain passion for and skills in the fine arts, and assists them in developing a portfolio for a professional career in the arts and/or to apply for higher education.

Classes, taught by SFAI alumni, are located at community centers and schools year-round. Current SFAI students serve as TAs (and lead instructors) for many of the classes. 

Current community partners include SOMArts, Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club, BGCSF Tenderloin Clubhouse, Mission Boys and Girls Club, Excelsior Boys and Girls Club, and Root Division. Other community partners include Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club at Hunters Point, African American Arts and Culture Center, Cleveland Elementary, and George Washington Carver Elementary School. City Studio is excited to be collaborating on innovative programming with Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center and MindCatcher.

City Studio works closely with SFAI’s Young Artist Program and PreCollege program, offering scholarships to deserving City Studio students to these intensive and enriching environments.

City Studio is made possible in part by grants from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Mary A. Crocker Trust and the Mental Insight Foundation. For more information, visit:


City Studio artists can waive the fee if appropriate. 

Contact City Studio Program Director Amy Berk at to discuss. 

City Studio is proud to announce a two-year grant from the Institute for Museums and Library Services. This will allow us to continue to provide high quality innovative programming.

For Fall 2020, we invite all youth ages 13–19 to apply for a collaboration between City Studio and Collective Action Studio.

See for more details. Applications are due Friday, August 14.

And please check back for additional programming,  We are working with SOMARTS and the Boys and Girls Clubs to see what programming (virtual and IRL) we can offer to our incredible youth.