About CYA

The Creative Youth Awards (CYA) were founded by BACF to foster artistic expression and creativity in high school students. We seek to nurture this vital gift within the future leaders of our world. CYA Artists receive expert feedback, recognition and awards as they develop and share creative projects. We honor a variety of artistic media and look to add new genres each year. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of seasoned creative industry leaders who share our dedication to inspiring a new generation of creative talent. Last year’s panel included distinguished recording artists, leading documentary film producers, and Academy Award-winning artists from collaborators including Pixar studios.

CYA culminates each spring in the Creative Youth Celebration, a ceremony recognizing the achievements of our student artists. Over 200 Bay Area students participated in our inaugural 2021 event, more than $17,000 of awards were given, and all artist applicants received a free year membership to MasterClass, the premier online learning platform that streams lessons delivered by recognized masters of their craft.

We hope you will join us this year by submitting your favorite creative project! 

Dance Kaleidoscope
The Sonics performing
screenshot from Wednesday performance