Just Say YAYA welcomed patrons to their Arts Center for a casual, art-filled cocktail party celebrating creativity and entrepreneurship.

The event provided YAYA’s teen artists with an opportunity to sell the work they have created in YAYA’s programs, giving them firsthand entrepreneurial experience with marketing, pricing and cultivating clients. The artists keep at least 50% of their sales.

Chairs for the event were Kimberly Allen, Nic Brierre Aziz, Rebekah Capers and Ashley Weber. Stephanie and Terrance Osborne served as Honorary Chairs.

Guests enjoyed cuisine by Palate Catering, Ralph Brennan’s Catering & Events, Martin Wine Cellar, Greek Girls Rice Pudding and Langenstein’s, with cocktails by Joel’s Catering and beer from Urban South.

The Preservation All-Stars provided musical entertainment at the Patron Party, followed by Preservation Brass at the gala, which also featured a special performance by Sydni Osborne.

Original work by Terrance Osborne, Rontherin Ratliff, Harouni, Alexis Walter, Nic Brierre Aziz and a wide selection of glass and ceramics from local and nationally renowned artists were available for bidding in the auction, which was YAYA’s most successful year ever for art sales and directly benefits their youth and alumni artists.

The event was made possible by Major Sponsors, including Hancock Whitney, Helis Foundation, Hecate Energy, Walt Disney Imagineering, Susan & Ralph Brennan and the Monteleone Family Foundation.

The benefit raised funds for YAYA’s free youth afterschool programs for youth, ages 5-25, which blend intensive visual arts training with entrepreneurial and life skills to help young people thrive as leaders.

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Event At A Glance

What: Just Say YAYA: Art is Essential benefiting YAYA

When: Friday, November 19, 2021

Where: YAYA Arts Center 

Just Say YAYA: Art is Essential benefiting YAYA

Quinton Gilmore, Meg Miles, Sarah Martzolf, Colleen Filostrat 

Just Say YAYA: Art is Essential benefiting YAYA

Terrance Osborne, Sydni Osborne, Stephanie Osborne

Just Say YAYA: Art is Essential benefiting YAYA

Danielle Coco, Nic Brierre Aziz, Kimberly Allen

Just Say YAYA: Art is Essential benefiting YAYA

Timeka Junius, Jourdan Barnes, Ashley Weber

Just Say YAYA: Art is Essential benefiting YAYA

David T. Baker, Elizabeth Hefler 

Just Say YAYA: Art is Essential benefiting YAYA

Anna Shaefer, Sarah Samuel