We are the first youth-led Art Gallery space in Santa Barbara to educate & enhance support for the next generation of creative entrepreneurs, artists & artisans.


The YI Creative Studio showcases & sells homegrown contemporary youth art from regional youth artists and their mentors in a creative hip commercial hub. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s touristic & gang neutral funk zone, this vibrant youth led art gallery is growing artistic literacy and bridging the opportunity divide for young creatives in all walks of life in Santa Barbara County.


Youth Interactive’s signature program, THE YI CREATIVE STUDIO , is specifically designed to ignite imagination and enhance the business skills of young artists and creative entrepreneurs.
As YI CREATIVE STUDIO young artist, you will get credits in art and economics, learn key skills that will provide you with the knowledge and resources to help advance your art career, develop your ideas, and increase your financial independence. The workshop sessions bring together artists and business leaders with artistic, commercial and graphic design experience. Over time all our young artists learn the key concepts involved in goal-setting, marketing and self-promotion, curating, pricing art shows, money management, legal issues, strategic planning, time management and pricing commissions.
All students have the opportunity to receive feedback and insights in small group critique sessions with local and international leading arts and business professionals.