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Ana & Adeline Foundation Announces $113,000 in Artist Grants & Scholarships to YAYA and YAYA Alumni

top row from left portrait of scholar Jeremiah Brown; "Be," letterpress print, Monica Tyran; "What She Used to Be," acrylic painting, Raymond Rollins

bottom row from left "Primary Flower," oil painting, Hannah Lee; "Noire Queen 1," portrait, Jourdan Barnes; "Maquette," (study for Rosebud), Rontherin Ratliff

The Ana & Adeline Foundation is excited to announce the award of its 2018-2019 grants and scholarships to YAYA, the New Orleans youth arts organization, and the YAYA alumni. YAYA was awarded $15,000 in support of Paint the World, their high school summer travel program. Fifteen visual artists are the recipients of grants and scholarships that range $500-$10,000 totaling $98,000 in support to their creative endeavors.

The Ana & Adeline Edwards Foundation supports the emerging YAYA visual artist community with resources for advancing their careers and creative practice. YAYA is a working studio and youth arts center in New Orleans that was founded in 1988 by artist Jana Napoli. For three decades, YAYA has worked to empower creative young people through educational and entrepreneurial experiences in the visual arts. In 2011, Napoli established the Ana & Adeline Foundation to complement the YAYA program by supporting its alumni into their adult lives. Seeing the value of investing in the long-term trajectory of the artists, Ana & Adeline Foundation awards grants and scholarships to individual visual artists who represent a diverse range in age and stage of their lives - from college students to emerging artists and creative business owners. Ana & Adeline Foundation also makes grants to YAYA for projects that promote dialogue and exchange with the national and international visual arts community.

2018-2019 YAYA Paint The World summer travel grant

Paint the World creates opportunities for high school artists to serve as ambassadors while expanding their own cultural understanding and general education through travel. Many YAYA artists do not have opportunities to travel and Paint the World gives them the chance to step outside of their lives in New Orleans and to explore other communities. Paint the World broadens horizons through personal and career growth, college exploration, art projects, and educational workshop partnerships.

In the summer of 2018, Paint the World sent ten teens on arts exchanges across the United States: The Center for Craft in Asheville, North Carolina, the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City, The Oxbow School in Napa, California; and Studio Everything in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Paint the World was also made possible by the host organizations and a grant from The Windgate Foundation.

Jourdan Barnes Noire King portrait series

Gerard Caliste Houston studio gallery and Sweden pop-up adventure

Courtney Clark Faces and Places of the Lower Ninth Ward photo series

Rondell Crier Creation investment: artwork sustainability

Rontherin Ratliff Antenna Gallery – solo show development

Raymond Rollins Independent studio work

Brandon Thomas Shoe Town sustainable shoe prototype

Monica Tyran Restoration of the Gosserand wooden typeset

Jeremiah Brown Tulane University School of Professional Advancement

Kayla Curley Loyola University of New Orleans

Nia Henry Delgado Community College

Kenyatta Johnson University of Houston

Hannah Lee Boston University

Darryl White General Assembly

Paul Wright Parsons School of Design

The artist recipients were selected by a panel of jurors: Christine Berthiaume, Crafts Manager, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Steffani Clemmons, Artist Centered Program Manager, Joan Mitchell Center, Neil Barclay, Director and CEO, Contemporary Arts Center, Jana Napoli, President/Founder, Ana & Adeline Foundation; Patrice Powell, a retired cultural worker and former senior staff at the National Endowment for the Arts. The Ana & Adeline Foundation sees the application process as a professional development opportunity, offering grant application workshops, one-on-one guidance, and constructive feedback from the jury. Our partnerships and alliances with creative and cultural leaders are a great asset and support mechanism to the emerging YAYA artist community.


Contact Ann Kaufman, Executive Director,, 504-914-6187

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