YAYA Arts Center in Central City to hold groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday

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Young Aspirations/Young Artists Inc. is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 3, for the new YAYA Arts Center that will open on LaSalle Street in June 2015.

The ceremony is open to the public and will take place at 10:30 a.m. at 3322 LaSalle Street, the location of the new YAYA Arts Center.

See the full press release below for more information:

Announcing the YAYA ARTS CENTER

Young Aspirations/Young Artists, Inc. (YAYA) announces the new YAYA ARTS CENTER, to open on LaSalle Street in Central City New Orleans, in June 2015. A ground breaking ceremony will introduce this project to New Orleans on Wednesday, September 3 at 10:30am.

The YAYA Arts Center brings a new phase in the organization’s illustrious 26-year history as a national leader in arts and education. From an independent effort serving a dozen students at one high school in 1988, YAYA has grown to serve 3,912 individuals last year, in New Orleans and across southern Louisiana.

“With the changing needs of New Orleans schools, it is time for YAYA to create a community-based center for education and art,” says YAYA Board President Nyka Scott. “The opportunity to build this facility on an underdeveloped strip of Central City fills a need and honors YAYA’s history of risk-taking and investment in the New Orleans youth and families who need us most.”

The capital effort is co-chaired by Kay Kerrigan and Bev Church, both YAYA Board members. “This is the most exciting project I have led in the past 20 years,” says Kerrigan. “It is a thrill to be a part of an effort that can really shift the paradigm for community and creative resources in Central City, and continue YAYA’s tradition of transforming the lives of young people.”

With the September 3 celebrations, the Arts Center Committee wraps up a preliminary, institutional phase of fundraising, and begins an individual effort that will culminate in the Just Say YAYA 2014 gala, benefitting the Arts Center on November 15. “We are halfway to our goal and just getting started!” says Bev Church. “We can’t wait to present this project to individuals across New Orleans who love this city and our creative economy as much as we do!”

Members of the public are also invited to a glass demonstration immediately following the ground breaking, at 3924 Conti Street (YAYA Creative Glass).

THANK YOU to our supporters to date:

Entergy Corporation – Monteleone Family Foundation – Collins C. Diboll Foundation – Clayton-Royer Family Fund – Gregor Fox – Kavanagh Family Foundation – Boh Bros Centennial Fund – The Sue Sue Foundation – Kay & Bobby Kerrigan –Ella West Freeman Foundation – IBERIABANK – Joule Energy

Since its founding in 1988, YAYA, formally known as Young Aspirations/Young Artists, Inc., has provided creative young people with limited access to educational resources and career opportunities the chance to apprentice with professional artists, create public artworks, design merchandise, serve as cultural ambassadors, work as project managers, and mentor others in the arts. YAYA’s success has received extensive media exposure with features in Fortune, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Elle Décor, and ArtNews, as well as MTV’s House of Style, Sesame Street, and NBC’s Today show. For more information about YAYA, call 504-529-3306 or email info@yayainc.com

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