Party with A Purpose in LA!

BAYCAT opened in October of 2004. As we turn 10 Years Bold in 2014, we are reaching out to our community to celebrate with us!

BAYCAT is launching a worldwide campaign to ask supporters to Throw Us a Party with a Purpose to celebrate our last 10 years of successes and to create 1,000 digital media pros in the next 10 years.

One exemplary Party with a Purpose is being hosted by our partners and friends at The Box Scene Project, a nonprofit that works to reach equal media representation for the LGBT community, women, people of color, people with disabilities, and those that live at the intersection of those identities.

Their event, Spotlight on Diversity: A Conversation & Celebration of LGBT Media Representation, is a fundraiser celebrating BAYCAT’s 10 Years Bold Anniversary and launching The Box Scene Project’s Mirror Scholarship – a monetary award to facilitate the entrance of diverse and underrepresented individuals into the media and arts.


This star-studded event will feature an hour-long panel & Q&A with some of the most talented LGBT actors, creators, and activists. Also, kick-ass mom and LGBT activist, Amelia, from Huffpost Gay Voices is this year’s recipient of The Box Scene Project’s Citizen Spotlight Award! The panel & award ceremony will be followed by musical performances from talented LGBT artists. Get your tickets now, because this is a celebration you won’t want to miss!

Proceeds from the event will support both BAYCAT and The Box Scene Project as well as their important Mirror Scholarship that connects with BAYCAT’s mission, which supports diverse young media producers to go to college.

For more information about this event, go to

Have another Party with a Purpose Idea?  Contact us or leave a comment.

World Premiere Screening: “Endangered”

It’s the first of our 10-year celebrations, and BAYCAT is excited to be indoors this Saturday afternoon with you to premiere worldwide our latest Community Cinema film Endangered: A Healthy Bayview For All as part of The Roxie Theater’s Future Filmmakers Series.

Join Supervisor Malia Cohen, Bayview community leaders and our young filmmakers as we screen a series of shorts, Pictures of Bayview, stir your curiosity and start conversations about Bayview Hunters Point, one of the most misperceived neighborhoods in SF.

We’re also filming with our partners, One Day in San Francisco, to tell your untold stories about what you love, hate and fear most about living in SF as part of a nationwide, participatory media-creation event.

WHEN: THIS Saturday, April 26th promptly at 2:00pm

WHERE: The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, SF

COST: Free. Thanks to our partners, The Metta Fund, who are sponsoring the event and healthy snacks!

RSVP and share on Facebook.  See you Saturday!

Villy Wang

Zoom In 28: My Neighborhood

The latest episode of our long-running student TV show Zoom In is complete and online! Watch the full episode below.

Your Week 6 Winner and the FINAL week of #BAYCATbyYou!

HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at BAYCAT!

As we kick-off 2014, and we begin our 10th year serving San Francisco, we need
your help!

It’s the last week of our #BAYCATbyYou Photothon and we’re just under half way to our goal. Make a New Year’s resolution this year to make your community stronger, and begin by supporting BAYCAT and our programs that empower individuals and transform our communities.

Start of 2014 by making a difference:

1. Keep sharing your photos in the final week of our #BAYCATbyYOU Photothon.

2. Make a gift to support BAYCAT! Help us update our computer lab and get ready for our 10th year of free classes.

3. Sign up to volunteer with BAYCAT in 2014.

Thanks to our week 6 winner Jackie for her photo of the Ferocious Foodie.

Also a huge thanks to our friends at SF Chronicle for their help as judges of our #BAYCATbyYou campaign!

The final week of our Photothon starts TODAY!

THE THEME: Empowerment! Share shots of what makes you excited for the coming year!

THE JUDGES: Our friends at Potrero View.

THE PRIZES: A $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant OR an EXCLUSIVE photo shoot
with BAYCAT youth media producers. You pick!

YOUR INSPIRATION: Picture Bayview was a co-production between BAYCAT and Zaccho Dance Theatre. It shares stories of San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point through dance and video. Share what empowers and inspires you in your community as we enter 2014.

Thanks for helping us start 2014 off right! We look forward to celebrating our 10th year with you!

Your Week 4 Winner!

Thanks to your donations and photo submissions we’ve raised over $6000 to support our free digital media arts classes for under-served youth.

Thanks to our Week 4 winner…
#BaycatbyYou Week 4 Winner
“Changing Spaces” by Max. G.

AND to our runner-up, Bethany S., for her photo of SF Street Art. Also a huge thanks to our friends at Curbed SF for their help as judges of our #BAYCATbyYou campaign!

There are only a few weeks left in our #BAYCATbyYou Photothon. So get out there and keep sharing your photos!

Week Four of the Photothon starts TODAY!

THE THEME: Back to Nature! Share your pictures of getting out in the great outdoors.

THE JUDGES: Our friends at 7×7.

THE PRIZES: A Modify Watch. OR an EXCLUSIVE photo shoot with BAYCAT youth media producers. You pick!

Your Inspiration: Backyard Bound 2013 captures a small part of the excitement and ingenuity that can happen when youth from urban communities come together to enjoy their local national park. BAYCAT Studio was proud to capture the day.

Now it’s your turn to capture backyard bound stories. Remember every photo you submit
= $1 to educate, empower and employ low income youth in San Francisco. With the holidays right around the corner, please take a moment and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to BAYCAT today.

Just $25 provides one student with essential classroom supplies for one-year.

BAYCAT is here because of you and for our community. Make #BAYCATbyYou a success
and make your 2013 gift today. Thank you for everything you do to support our youth!

Happy holidays!

#BAYCATbyYou Photothon Week 3 Winner!

We are happy we don’t have to be the judge of the #BAYCATbyYouPhotothon your photos are amazing! Your creativity is inspiring, and it’s humbling that so many people are joining together to support youth media and arts education in such a creative way. Congrats to our Week 3 Winner…

#BAYCATbyYou Week Three Winner
“Unexpected Art” by Garrett Lamb

Thank you to our runner-up, Ian Staub, for his photo of Unexpected Art in the Wilderness,
and a huge thanks to our friends at The Bold Italic for their help as judges of our #BAYCATbyYou campaign!

100s of photos have come in from all over the Bay Area, and have helped up us raise over $5,000 to support BAYCAT and our free classes in filmmaking, graphic arts and music.

Week Four of the Photothon starts TODAY!

THE THEME: Changing Spaces! Share your pictures of change in the city.

THE JUDGES: Our friends at Curbed SF!

THE PRIZES: A Modify Watch. OR an EXCLUSIVE photo shoot with BAYCAT youth media producers. You pick!

Your Inspiration:The History of the Bayview was created by MisDajanai as part of Zoom In 28: My Neighborhood. In it, she shares a bit of the history of her neighborhood, how it’s changed, and a hopeful look forward to the future of her community.

You can be part of making a brighter future for our community when you support BAYCAT and our programs that educate, empower and employ low-income youth through the digital media arts.Keep sharing your photos using #BAYCATbyYou, and make your tax-deductible donation today to empower more youth like MisDajanai!

Our Week 1 Winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in Week 1 of our #BAYCATbyYou Photothon!
So far we’ve raised $508 to support BAYCAT’s programming for undeserved youth!
The winner of week one of our Photothon is ….

"Just Hanging Around" by Jackie C.

“Just Hanging Around” by Jackie C.

“Just Hanging Around” Submitted by Jackie C. via Instagram

Congratulations also to our runner-up Al (@VitoTito11) for his photo of slanted
houses, and many thanks to our wonderful judges from The Bold Italic!

Do you like to take photos? The more you participate the more money we raise. Each
photo submitted brings $1 to BAYCAT. Here’s how to play!

Week Two of the Photothon starts TODAY!

THE THEME: Our Digital City! Show us your inner nerd and what technology means to you! Be creative and snap away.

THE JUDGES: Our friends at Mission Mission!

THE PRIZES: A $50 Gift Certificate to a cool Dogpatch restaurant like Hard Knox
Cafe, Gilberth’s Rotisserie, Goat Hill Pizza and others. OR an exclusive photo shoot with BAYCAT youth media producers. You pick!

YOUR INSPIRATION: This “DodoCase Promo” was created by BAYCAT Interns to promote a SF-Made way to carry your tech. No need to hide your tech nerd pride!

We have a ways to go to reach our $25k goal, so please submit your photos and share
#BAYCATbyYou Photothon with all your friends! You don’t have to be a photographer to help educate, empower, and employ the remarkable youth we work with daily through our free classes in digital media arts. BAYCAT is made possible by YOU so please consider a tax-deductible contribution to help us reach our goal!