ybca.jpgFeel like your art and creative life needs a kick in the ass? The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is unveiling an exciting new (and FREE) adult education program focused on supporting up to 100 participants in an “aesthetic fitness” course.

YBCA’s YOU program, a pilot arts program based on a gym membership format, also features free admission to all YBCA events, exclusive behind-the-scenes socials, films, and gallery exhibitions. From March 1 through November 30, participants will also be encouraged to take part in artist talks and field trips to deep their understanding of the creative process.

The lead personal trainer for this art fitness regimen is educator, director, performance artist, and creator of physical theater Laurel Butler, who says she’s dedicated to developing participants’ personal and professional goals and empowering artists to create.

In a press release from the YBCA, Joël Tan (YBCA’s director of community engagement) says:

“Ultimately, we want more people having better and deeper experiences with art. This pilot is about an actual live human guide connecting with individuals and small groups to experience arts and cultural events that are custom-tailored to their aspirations, desires, and educational goals. We invite anyone looking to build their aesthetic muscles to register, whether they want to learn a few pointers for their next cocktail party or attend all the openings in town and just need the motivation to do it.”

While the YOU program takes creative development seriously, you’ll also be able to meet new people and mingle with a community of other creative folk in a social context. The free program has limited enrollment available and pre-registration is required.

To register for the Thursday, March 3rd orientation (from 6-8pm at the YBCA), please e-mail Lauren at lbutler@ybca.org by 5 p.m. on February 28 with your name, age, telephone number, and one sentence on why they would like to register for the program.

You must be 18 or older, and participants will be selected based on their interest in collaborative arts enrichment and the ability to make a nine-month commitment to the YBCA: YOU program.

Image: From YBCA”s Audience As Subject, Turn On — film — credit: Adrian Paci-2004

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