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de Youngsters Art Party 2021

January 25–29, 2021 \ Think outside the box!


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The de Youngsters Art Party mission is to donate more than 1,000 Art Boxes to students in grades K–6 at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF), introducing many to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s child-centered philosophy, which develops curiosity and empowerment.

This year, we are transforming the event into a five-day virtual celebration with daily art-education videos created by the Museums. Participants will receive an Art Box containing a combination of art materials, thought-provoking projects, and instructions corresponding with the daily videos. The event concludes with a groundbreaking digital art experience by Presenting Sponsor, Adobe.

New this year: Art Boxes!

Thanks so much for your support of the de Youngsters Art Party 2021! We are excited to announce that, with the generous contributions of our incredible sponsors, we have surpassed our goal and will be donating 1,000+ Art Boxes to Boys & Girls Clubs in the Bay Area.

Art Box sales are closed as of January 8, 2021. If you would like to make a contribution or learn more about our de Youngsters programs, please contact us at

Learn more about Art Boxes

de Youngsters Art Party Schedule

Join us for a week of process-based activities that promote out-of-the-box creative thinking, a hallmark of Family Programs at the de Young. Art videos will launch daily at 11 am on YouTube, for all ages! 

View this year’s program.

Monday, January 25 \ Blend the Rules
From the murals of Teotihuacan to the prints of artist Ed Ruscha, artists create color from surprising sources. Mix up some colorful fun as you make your own paints!

Tuesday, January 26 \ Paper. Is. So. NOT. Boring.
Paper comes alive in the hands of artists and architects. Learn simple techniques inspired by our building and artists such as Ruth Asawa. 

Wednesday, January 27 \ Pieces of Me
Draw, paint, and collage as you explore your identity and gather inspiration from the Museums’ collections to create an abstract self-portrait.

Thursday, January 28 \ Bangin’ Beats
Capture the sounds around you and remix them into fresh tracks for your own Art Opening Soundtrack!

Friday, January 29 \ Out-of-the-Box Landscape
Inspired by the landscapes in our collection, design and compose an evolving artistic ecosystem layering landforms, plants, and animals into a 3-D diorama.

Friday, January 29 \ Adobe Digital Art Experience 
Exclusively for the de Youngsters Art Party, Adobe is bringing its creativity into the virtual space. Look forward to an interactive exploration featuring content created by you!

Keep the party going all week long with our de Youngsters Art Party Spotify Playlist, curated by fellow 9-year-old de Youngster, Xander. This playlist is sure to get the creative juices flowing!

Through the de Youngsters Art Party, the Fine Arts Museums can support Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) as they partner with the City of San Francisco and San Francisco Unified School District for the Community Hubs Initiative, which provides critical support for high-need K–12 students during the pandemic and school closures. BGCSF currently hosts 10 hubs across the city for youth to access real-time support with online learning as well as supplementing education services, wellness and mental health services, recreation, and daily breakfast and lunch. Throughout this time, BGCSF’s skilled and caring staff has provided a continuum of care for young people that keeps them connected to their support systems, brings routine and normalcy to their lives, and facilitates continued learning and advancement.

de Youngsters Art Party 2021 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Oso and Me

In-Kind Support

ARCH Art Supplies
Chronicle Books
Jelly Belly Candy Company
Recchiuti Confections
Strathmore Artist Paper

de Youngsters Art Party 2021 Committee

Max Boyer Glynn
Mariana Gantus Wall

Steering Committee
Janet Barnes
Carol Bonnie 
Wheeler Griffith
Kate Harbin Clammer
Holly Johnson Harris
Kathryn Lasater
Amy McKnight
Heather Preston

Advisory Committee
Demetra Marcus Bell
Stephanie Breitbard
Caroline Brinckerhoff
Jessica Farron
Caitlin Fisher
Darby Gaynor Glickman
Kiki Gunn 
Kristen Hale Kelly
Becky Heldfond
Jessica Moment
Alison Pincus
Lisa Hurwich Pratz
Wilhelmina Turkovich 
Anne Waterman

Grand Dame Grandparent
Diane B. Wilsey

Grandparents Committee
Susan Boeing and Christopher Redlich 
Herbert Boyer
Lorna Meyer Calas and Dennis Calas 
Daniela Faggioli
Drs. Jessica and Jeffrey Gaynor
Barbara and John W. Glynn
Diane B. Morris
Carol Vance Wall and Terry Wall

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Experience the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco as only a member can. Along with unlimited free admission to special exhibitions and the permanent collections of the de Young and the Legion of Honor, members also receive invitations to private viewing hours, priority ticketing, and an array of additional benefits. Learn more about membership.


Image: Photography by Gary Sexton