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Welcome to Youth Arts Forum!

Youth Arts Forum (YAF) is a not-for-profit 501c3 charity organization founded in 1990. Youth Arts Forum was formed as an alternative to the decline of the more formal school art and music programs that were being eliminated at the time, and continues to be eliminated in even greater numbers today. YAF provides talented young artists and performers with a healthy and engaging outlet that allows them to express their creativity in art and musical performances. YAF aims to provide a vehicle to “unite the youth of the world through the arts”.

YAF supports its visual and performing artists to help them express themselves, enhance self esteem, and keep their personal dreams alive. This unique and exciting arrangement provides young artists’ a national and international venue that is exclusively dedicated the young artist and his or her work.

  • For the performing artist, YAF has held many “Kids Helping Kids, Rock for a Cure” concerts in New York City, New Jersey, Vermont and at 32 Simon Malls. Concert locations in New York City have included The Studio at Webster Hall, Arlene’s Grocery, National Underground, Slate, the Beekman Beer Garden and the Bitter End as well as The Stone Pony in New Jersey and many more locations up and down the East Coast. YAF pays for the venues, marketing, advertising and production. When possible, YAF helps to pay for travel and lodging of many of the young performing artists who participate in our concerts.  


  • For the visual artist, YAF distributes arts supplies to those who may not be able to afford them. YAF collects and frames for display much of the artwork received from its members. The organization has supported numerous gallery shows designed to professionally display and support young artists from across the country. Several of these shows were held in the prestigious NOHO Art Gallery on Mercer Street in New York City. The artwork is also displayed on our award-winning website.

Merchandise and Donations:

Youth Arts Forum works with national and local charity organizations including the Food Bank for New York City, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York, County Harvest and T.J.’s Friends, and donates a portion of all proceeds. As of June 2012, Youth Arts Forum has partnered with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is planning several upcoming events in partnership with this organization.


In addition, we have established relationships with major retailers like Amazon and Queensboro Clothing to offer great deals. A percentage of these sales go back to Youth Arts Forum to help fund the work we do for young visual and performing artists.


Youth Arts Forum is accepting donations to help fund future concerts, artist sponsorships and productions, framing and displays, as well as all expenses that are associated with supporting and producing the talents of the young artist.

Please click the donate button to make a donation.

How to Join Youth Arts Forum:

All artists and musician 18 years old and younger from U.S. and all over the world are invited to join Youth Arts Forum. To join free. Members can post videos, pictures and blog information, etc. It is a great way to get the word out about your craft.

Welcome to Youth Arts Forum!

Barry Salottolo, Founder

Youth Arts Forum has accomplished many exciting and worthwhile things over the years. Here is a list of some of them

Benefit charity concerts

East 13th Street Theater NYC

Bitter End NYC

Studio at Webster Hall NYC

National Underground NYC

Arlene’s Grocery NYC

Slate NYC

Festival at New Rochelle Wildcliff Sculputre Garden

Festival at Wartburg Assisted Living Home

32 Simon Malls Maryland to Rhode Island

Stone Pony New Jersey

Rutland Diamond Mall Vermont

West Rutland Theatre Vermont

And various smaller venues in the Tri State area


Visual Artists Gallery Shows

Mt Vernon Schools

Greenburg Schools

Leak and Watts School

Various retail stores throughout the tri state area

Noho Gallery NYC

And various smaller outlets in the tristate area

Donations of monies and promoting awareness for the following charities/organizations

Big Brothers big Sisters of NY

Food Bank for NY

Westchester Harvest

TJ Martle Foundation

TJ’ Friends

Feed the Homeless NYC

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Vermont Town Chamber of Commerce

Purchasing art and musical supplies, when I can, for kids who are less fortunate than others.

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