The annual art gala and showcase “Just Say YAYA!” took place on November 15 this past fall at the Young Aspirations, Young Artists Creative Glass Institute. With more than 450 guests, the evening raised more than $100,000 for YAYA, the nonprofit arts community and teaching design studio dedicated to the artistic, professional and personal development of creative young people in the Greater New Orleans Area, while focusing on developing life skills and entrepreneurial skills.

Held in one of two YAYA studios, guests and partygoers enjoyed live local music, refreshments, glass-blowing demonstrations and artwork for sale by YAYA students. Beth Lambert and local legend Allen Toussaint delighted attendees with song, while the silent auction showcased works by spotlight artist Mitchell Gaudet, YAYA founder Jana Napoli and works from local gallery Michalopoulas. Edibles and libations from Liberty Cheesesteaks, Venezia, Felipe’s, Pinkberry and Martin’s Wine Cellar added to the artsy casual mood of the evening.  

A patron cocktail hour chaired by Shelby Westfeldt preceded the main event, chaired by Anna LeCorgne Schaefer.


What:  “Just Say YAYA!,” benefiting Young Aspirations, Young Artists
When: November 15, 2013
Where: Young Aspirations, Young Artists Creative Glass Institute