Youth Art Team brings together students from a variety of backgrounds and life situations to complete exceptional works of art through a process that values student voices in decision-making. The mission is to encourage youth to develop their creative potential, empowering both personal and social change through lifelong, intentional relationships and art.


The Youth Art Team is an actual grassroots team of artists who have grown together since 2010. As more young artists want to join and the community wants to see more, the Youth Art Team has worked hard to keep up!

The Lead Team has become a strong and multiplying force. They walk through the creative process together first, preparing and providing leadership for additional teams so that hundreds of young artists and creative peers can play meaningful roles in public art experiences provided by the Youth Art Team each year. Now sixty artists, ages 5-18, make up four different teams.

The Youth Art Team’s experience is that the impact of the effort is greater when people work together. As an organization that must raise its own funding in order to work with our cities, schools, and art centers to make these community-based, public art projects possible, the Youth Art Team has become a local powerhouse for collaboration. The Lead Team is grateful to all of the brilliant, hardworking young artists who contribute their ideas and voices to Youth Art Team projects!

Meet the Imagination Coalition (formerly PROJECT 8), a group of leaders who are envisioning the Youth Art Team’s next phase of growth and becoming equipped to help lead it.



The Youth Art Team has been making an impact in our community… for 13 YEARS! Will you help us keep it going? Click a button below:

Youth Art Team is an organization that must raise its own funding in order to make its community-based, public art projects possible.

Now that you’ve seen the impact, we hope that you will help Youth Art Team reach its funding needs. The donate buttons above make it easy to make a one-time donation or set up automatic monthly contributions. You can make adjustments to your payments anytime.

If you prefer to donate by check, make payable to “Youth Art Team” and mail to:
Youth Art Team
325 E Park Ave, Suite 101
Waterloo, IA 50703

Looking for other payment options or have questions? Email [email protected].


Your entire donation to Youth Art Team is tax-deductible.

Please include your contact information for us so we can thank you and send your receipt from Youth Art Team, a registered 501(c)(3).

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