The Imagine Bus Project teaches underserved youth the power of self-expression through the visual arts, inspiring the creative potential of every child. By providing learning experiences in the visual arts for at-risk and adjudicated youth, we offer the vital tools the next generation will need to improve their lives and communities.

Focusing on young people in the greatest need, TIBP offers youth the chance to develop skills, understand and constructively communicate their feelings, and be recognized for their ability to create beautiful, powerful works of art. Our programs reach into juvenile halls and after school programs in high risk neighborhoods, connecting youth with sustained, positive, and creative outlets for personal expression.

TIBP’s visual arts classes bring young people together with professional artists and educators who serve as mentors and role models. Through the process of creating art young people contribute to their communities, build skills, collaborate with peers and adults, explore their potential, and envision productive lives filled with creativity and joy.

In 2013 TIBP served youth 1,410 ages five to eighteen years of age in San Francisco and Sonoma counties. Over 80% of our students live below the poverty level with incomes of less $24,000 for a family of four.  Of those youth, 70% were African American, 15% Hispanic, 10% Asian, and 5% Caucasian.

Jaren Bonillo, Executive Director Susana Cortez  
Kathryn Schwager, Administrative Assistant Senay Dennis  
  Julia Sackett  
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Cassie Thornton  
Leslie Alden, President Centa Uhalde  
Joe Alioto, Past President    
Allison Elgart, Secretary    
Isabelle Gillis    
Melissa Jones
Cathy Nelson    
Larry Reed, Treasurer    
Celia Tejada, Vice-President
Nina Ward    
Derek Aspacher, Member Emeritus    
Leigh Judson, Member Emerita    
Gena Segno, Member Emerita    

Our Board of Directors give their energy and support and take on the additional responsibility of providing leadership. They are completely committed to the youth we serve in a thousand different ways. We are looking for committed and passionate people to join our Board of Directors. If you are interested in finding out more about what it means to be on our Board please view our Board Member Description or email us.