Bev Church with (clockwise from top) Kristin Malone Johnson of Home Malone, Julia Craig of SoSuSu and Starr Hagenbring of Art & Eyes show you just how easy it is to make your mask a fashion statement.

We are so proud to feature YAYA on our cover and they’re so proud that they haven’t missed a single day of programming – moving all classes online! YAYA (Young Aspirations Young Artists) empowers young people through visual arts education combined with entrepreneurial leadership and life skills training to thrive as leaders in their schools and community. Thanks to Executive Director Meg Miles, Senior Director of Programs Timeka Junius and YAYA students Laila James, Hudson Meyn and Sofia Olexia-Daigle for gracing our cover! This year their biggest fundraiser, “Just Say YAYA,” will be held November 20 and will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the new YAYA Arts Center in Central City! They are honoring Baty Landis, Kay Kerrigan and me, who all led the capital campaign for the new building. The event will look a little different, but you can expect a hybrid of live and virtual opportunities to meet the YAYA artists and buy their artwork; experience glass blowing demonstrations; and bid on silent auction items. For over 30 years YAYA has served our young people who have become professional artists, designers, teachers and leaders in New Orleans and all over the country. Please visit or call 529-3306 to donate today!

Even though entertaining is different now, entertaining at home – in small groups – is crucial. We all need to be a part of the “stimulus package” here in our city! Look to our annual feature on entertaining for tips on how to do so safely. We have all been at home for months not spending as we would have, so whether you need a new outfit or accessories – or just want some – visit all your favorite boutiques. Go through your closets and give to Bridge House/Grace House and then get out there and support our city’s retailers!

I am so sad that we’ve lost the larger than life Mr. Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern Sr. I loved him so much! He was a visionary, a huge talent and entrepreneur, and will always be known for creating the Mardi Gras for which New Orleans has become internationally known. With the creation of his super krewes, he opened up Mardi Gras for everyone in this city who wants to be a part of it. He will be missed!

Stay safe and wear your masks – it’s gotten to be a fashion statement!


Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church