ArtReach’s Youth Art Show allows youth to explore their artistic expression by visualizing where their dreams take them. By participating in the show, youth had the opportunity to display their art at Mission Fed Artwalk while also supporting our mission to ignite youth creativity through visual art expression and community connection.

The sale of each mini-masterpiece funds two art classes for youth in San Diego; this ensures free programs for youth who do not otherwise have access to visual arts opportunities. ArtReach has partnered with Artwalk since 2019 to showcase art and raise funds for free art programs at their outdoor festivals! These events allow local and visiting attendees to view and access art before we make them available nationwide via our online storefront.

Youth Art Show Impact 2024:

  • 310 Youth Artists
  • 460 Community Nominations
  • 568 Interactive Art Participants

Where do your dreams take you?

So, why dreams? This question encourages youth to explore social-emotional learning (SEL) concepts by cultivating imagination and fostering self-awareness. Delving into the landscapes of dreams enhances understanding of emotions and aspirations, contributing to overall emotional intelligence.

After asking youth to tell us where their dreams take them, we decided to open the question to Mission Fed Artwalk attendees. With over 550 responses, we can confidently say that most of your dreams take you on an adventure! 

Please take a moment to scroll through all the incredible youth artwork we received during our first open call for youth art; you can click on each image to view it on full screen.

Our Donors & Sponsors

Thank you to all of our event sponsors and youth artist prize donors! Your generous support ensures that 100% of the funds raised during the event will support free visual arts education for San Diego County youth.

Event Sponsors

Youth Artist Prize Donors

Frequently Asked Questions

Who participated?
We received 300 works of art created by youth ages 4-18. Some were from San Diego County schools we work with, some were dropped off at our office by the artist and their family, and some were even shipped all the way from the Midwest.

When and where will the artwork be sold?
Remaining art will be sold through our online store and at future events.

If I want to purchase artwork, how will I receive it?
Artwork purchased during the event can be taken home that day, picked up from the ArtReach office, or shipped to you. If the artwork needs to be shipped within the US, additional costs may apply.

What is Mission Fed ArtWalk?
This is a two-day fine art festival in Little Italy, San Diego. Visual and performing arts unite here, with over 250 fine artists showing and selling their work. See more info here.

What is SEL?
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. SEL advances educational equity through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships. Learn more about the fundamentals of SEL here.

Other questions?
Contact Anna Laroque, Advancement Manager at