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Join the YAYA Guild!

Are you or someone you know a talented artist between the ages of 13-16?


YAYA is now accepting applications for its FREE after-school arts program! For almost 30 years, the YAYA Guild has been offering New Orleans youth opportunities to refine their artistic talents while learning entrepreneurial skills.

Our artists work in painting, drawing, glassmaking, ceramics, mixed media, and more! Download the application by clicking below, or picking one up from the YAYA Arts Center.


Please email nemesis@yayainc.com or call 504.529.3306 with any questions.



Glass Demo & Open House

YAYA regularly hosts glass making demonstrations at the YAYA Arts Center
. Keep an eye out for upcoming demos by following us on Facebook, or by signing up for our newsletter (see the column to the right). Help support our free, community arts programming by participating in our Goblet Grab! Take home a custom glass or ceramic cup made in house for only $25 and enjoy FREE drinks for the night! (Sponsored by NOLA Brewing)

This event is FREE and open to all ages. Must be 21+ to drink.

YAYA’s next scheduled demo: Friday, April 21 | 6-9pm

Guest Artist: YAYA’s current Artist-in-Residence, Giles Bettison

Artist Description: GILES BETTISON is an internationally acclaimed artist, known for his pioneering efforts with the murrine technique and his adept use of patterns and visual textures. Giles’ work uses abstract representations of surroundings and landscapes, real and imagined, to examine the way people respond to the environment they find themselves in and to demonstrate the concept that movement through life is manifested in the patterns that consciously and unconsciously govern our lives. The texture, light, and color in rural and outback Australia, as well as the grids and rhythms of urban landscapes, are part of his personal experience of connecting to place and people. He has taught in the US at Corning, Pilchuck, and Penland; Cerfav in France; Creative Glass in Switzerland; Canberra School of Art and JamFactory in Australia. His artwork is collected internationally and is in many public and private collections. Originally from Australia, Giles currently resides in New Orleans.

Murrine Week with Giles Bettison

May 14-19, 2017 | Class Fee: $1,000

(includes all materials)

This six-day class will explore graphic possibilities using colored glass and the murrine technique. Giles will demonstrate how his artwork expresses conceptual ideas about perception and place through the medium of glass. Class participants will reflect on the ways that unique narratives can inform the artwork they choose to make. The class will work with cold, warm, and molten glass. An open mind is required. The class will culminate with Brass ‘N Glass, YAYA’s annual glass studio celebration, featuring live music and special glass demos. Experience level: intermediate preferred. Class size: 6 participants max.



Spark a new skill & try your hand at glass!

In each of our make-your-own classes, the instructor will guide you through the steps to create your own functional piece of art.

Glassblowing Workshops

10am-1pm | $40 each | All ages | Registration recommended

Or take a private class with us! They’re offered year-round…

Experience Glass

$150 for up to 2 students, scheduled at your leisure Two hour, introductory private class, scheduled at your leisure. $150 for 1 or 2 students. Additional student, $50 each. Please contact YAYA to reserve your class!

Community Arts


Registration is open for Community Arts Mondays! YAYA hosts this FREE weekly art-making workshop for Central City youth between the ages of 5-12. Call YAYA at 504.529.3306, or stop by the YAYA Arts Center at 3322 LaSalle Street for more information. You can download the application by clicking on the button below. Please email the completed application to nemesis@yayainc.com, or drop it off at the Arts Center, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. Spaces are limited, so register your child today!


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