The Bay Area Youth Storytelling Project

Kala Art Institute and Youth UpRising are excited to collaborate on a series of free youth workshops in 2021-2022.

Together we have launched a youth storytelling project aimed at creating a unique vision of the Bay Area and its residents living in Oakland, San Leandro, Alameda, Hayward, and Berkeley. Through group workshops and exhibitions, youth will work with professional artists to develop and share their personal and community stories, highlighting the grit and resilience it takes to live in the Bay Area, especially in some of the most under-served communities in California. Youth will create portfolios of their artwork to share on social media, exhibit at a community/gallery space, and launch a public art presentation to speak to those who are still there thriving.

Check out the online exhibition of the students’ works from In Reel Time: Intro to Digital Storytelling .

Online Exhibition

Community Classroom Exhibition: The Story Behind The Story
October 13, 2021 — November 20, 2021

Closing Reception: Saturday, November 20, 2021, 2-4pm

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Workshops were lead by artist David Lee.

David Lee

David Lee is an African-American, Oakland based photographer and writer. David has work in social and human services for over 10 years teaching young people art, life skills, and wellness practices. During that time, David has worked on photography projects that center around the culture and development of Oakland through portraiture and street photography. David is the co-founder of Negus in Nature which works to increase the representation of Black people in outdoor spaces and create access points to explore outdoor activities. He is an avid rock climber, backpacker, and alpinist. David’s current work centers around sanctuary and healing spaces in the midst of societal shift. Check out his photographs on his instagram @d.xoti.

For registration information and to learn more about the workshop activities at Kala, contact Gisela Insuaste, Education & Public Programs Director at

For more information about Youth UpRising, contact Terrance Tallie, Multimedia Production Manager at or or send a direct message on IG to @youthuprising.