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“Pursuit of Happiness” by Devon Green, Marin Academy, 2024 Creative Youth Award Exceptional Awardee in Photography. Photo courtesy of the artist/ Bay Area Creative Foundation

The Bay Area Creative Foundation announced the 2024
Creative Youth Award recipients. The 2024 youth awards
received over 1,800 submissions from Bay Area high school
students in seven creative disciplines: creative writing, dance,
film, music performance, original music, photography and
visual arts.
This year 592 students received cash awards totaling over
$109,000. Eleven students achieved the highest honors of
Presidential and Creative Artist Awards — each receiving a
$1,000 cash award. Other award categories, Superior ($500),
Exceptional ($200) and Special ($100) were awarded across the
submission disciplines.
A jury of 38 discipline-specific Bay Area arts professionals reviewed the submissions. The review panels included award- winning writers and filmmakers, artists, musicians, educators and curators.
Each year all eligible Creative Youth Award applicants are featured in the online Creative Gallery and receive a year long membership to MasterClass.
“We believe valuing and celebrating the artistic experimentation of our youth at a formative time can inspire
a lifetime of creativity,” said Bay Area Creative Foundation Executive Director Lani Rovzar.
The awards are held annually with the opportunity to submit original artworks and performances across a range
of creative disciplines including art, dance, film, music, photography and writing. More than 4,400 Bay Area students have been awarded $288,000 in awards since the program’s inception in 2021.
For more information, visit bayareacreativefoundation.org

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