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Enhance your gallery experience with Art Bytes! Art Bytes is an online series that includes conversations with the artists, behind-the-scene videos, and a limited run performance video.


Art Bytes | Student Stories: Stephanie & Julia


Getting to hear the stories behind the art has always been one of the best parts of the Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts program. Please enjoy listening to student artists Stephanie and Julia as they share with us about their artwork from the 2021 MCOYA show.

Listen to how Stephanie was moved by the grave realities of the child sex trafficking world to create her emotional and intense “Broken Boy” drawing. In an attempt to “make art that made people uncomfortable” her work creates impactful reactions which she hopes will help encourage discussion of this taboo subject.

Discover the story behind Julia’s award winning “I Am Still A Child” painting as she explains the heartwarming story of making art at her grandparents’ house and she explains her use of large gestural strokes and national geographic collaged images. Julia describes how her connections with feminist text and her own reflection of self is present in her art making practice.


Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts 2021
Student Art Exhibition
Sat March 6 –  Sat May 1, 2021

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