Central to the City


Co-Chair Ellie Sanders, Artist Committee Member Hannah Lee and Anne Teague Landis


Six days a week, the YAYA Arts Center in Central City runs free after school arts and entrepreneurship training programs for New Orleans youth.  The “Just Say YAYA: Central to the City” event, hosted on November 3, 2017, raised nearly $70,000 to support these free youth arts programs.

The casual cocktail party at the Arts Center featured a showcase of artwork made by YAYA’s young artists. “Just Say YAYA” offers teens the opportunity to work on their entrepreneurial skills: they price and install all of their work in advance of the event, and then hone their marketing and sales skills at the party. The artists keep at least 50 percent of the selling price of all their work, making the event a fantastic fundraiser for both the organization and its artists.

Additionally, the event offered a silent auction, glassblowing demonstrations by Giles Bettison and a raffle from a selection local businesses.

The Patron Party featured music by the Robin Barnes Trio and hors d’oeuvres by Taste Buds Catering and Events.

Brother Tyrone and the Mindbenders performed at the gala. Food and beverage vendors included NOLA Brewing and Distilling, Halal Guys, Cavan, Tracey’s, Basin Seafood and Spirits, Langenstein’s, Martin Wine Cellar, Reginelli’s, HoneyBaked Ham, Mayhew Bakery, an.gle events and Givery Floral Design.

Silent auction items were provided by Brandan Odums, Kevin Gillentine, Tim Trapolin, Mitchell Gaudet, Giles Bettison, Lex Williams, Katherine George, the Family of Daniel Price, George Rodrigue Foundation, Adele Sypesteyn, Marion Eagan, Susu Kearney, Julie Silvers, Niki Rubenstein, Katie Rafferty and Marianne Angeli Rodriguez.



Event at a Glance

What: “Just Say YAYA: Central to the City,” benefiting YAYA
When: Friday, November 3, 2017
Where: YAYA Arts Center


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