William Acevedo, Founder & Executive Director
Young Urban Christians and Artists, Inc. (YUCA) identifies, equips, and nurtures young artists with skills to succeed in expanding their creativity. YUCA strengthens young people's confidence and competency in visual arts through the use of new technologies.
YUCA’s graphic/digital design curriculum introduces visual communication concepts and tools as well as typography, layout, and design fundamentals. Beginning with computer competency, students learn design theory and tools to produce projects that begin an artist’s portfolio suitable for employment or higher education. By providing infrastructure–training, equipment, materials and venues–YUCA creates opportunities to allow emerging artists to sell their work and strengthen their confidence as artists.
Based in the Bronx, YUCA also partners with public schools and community venues to offer off-site and weekend classes that help students think critically about art, history, culture, and design. YUCA students are also encouraged to take on pro bono projects that benefit the community.