Empowering Young Artists

More than 400 patrons gathered in the glass studio at YAYA to support the foundation for the new YAYA Arts Center on LaSalle Street at this year’s “Just Say YAYA!”.

More than $75,000 was raised to benefit the new state-of-the-art visual arts and glass studio that will provide a safe, creative space with artistic resources and entrepreneurial programs for students, residents and community members of all ages. The YAYA Arts Center will be a YAYA’s first home in over 25 years and will be a cutting-edge resource for the cultural economy of New Orleans’ artists.

At the Patron Party, Ruthie Winston led a live auction of over 40 glass pieces made by YAYA artists.

The main event included live music by James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars as guests dined on gumbo ya ya and passed hors d’oeuvres by Dickie Brennan & Company Restaurants.

Claiborne Perrilliat served as Event Chair, and Mitchell Gaudet and Pam Ryan served as Art Auction Chairs. Arts Center Chairs included Kay Kerrigan and Bev Church. Honorary Arts Center Chairs include Scott Cowen, Allen Toussaint and YAYA Founder Jana Napoli.

Featured Artists included Julia Irons and Lester Bloom, both former YAYA students, who sold special ornaments. Paintings, decorated chairs, glass and other art pieces made by current YAYA artists were available for purchase at the event. 


What: “Just Say YAYA!” benefiting Young Artists/Young Aspirations
When: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Where: 3924 Conti St.

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