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Monday, June 22, 2015

YAYA Arts Center to open June 30

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 5:49 PM

Volunteers break ground on the New YAYA Arts Center last September. - JEANIE RIESS
  • Volunteers break ground on the New YAYA Arts Center last September.

After breaking ground on a new space last September, the arts education program YAYA is ready to open its doors for a grand opening Tuesday, June 30.

The 27 year-old nonprofit provides free arts education and entrepreneurship programming to New Orleans youth ages 13 to 25, and the new arts center at 3322 LaSalle St. puts all of the program's amenities under one roof. There are classrooms and gallery space, in addition to a glass studio and ceramics studio which can both be rented out for public use.

The studio is located within walking distance of 10 schools, making it accessible to kids who want to learn how to paint, draw, sculpt and more. 

"We see the Arts Center as another example of the vital role arts and culture plays in New Orleans, and the development of our young people," YAYA CEO Gene Meneray said in a statement. "We're especially excited to be located on LaSalle St, an area steeped in unique New Orleans music and Mardi Gras Indian culture. We've seen how art transforms communities, we also believe communities transform art, and believe this Arts Center is another step in growing our city's justly celebrated artistic expression."

The grand opening, which starts at 10 a.m., will feature remarks from New Orleans City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell, Jason Williams and other city officials. 

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