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Ana & Adeline Foundation Announces $89,000 in Artist Scholarships to YAYA Alumni

Ana & Adeline Foundation is happy to announce our 2022-2023 Scholarships awarded to twelve YAYA alumni - totaling $89,000 - to pursue studies in visual arts and design. This year, we welcome a new team member, Darryl White, who is serving as our College & Career Advisor to support the scholars in their pursuits. Special thanks to our venerable panel of arts leaders who reviewed the scholarship applications this year. See and learn more about the individual scholars, advisor, and panelists below..

Ana & Adeline 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 more than three decades, YAYA has worked to empower creative young people through educational and entrepreneurial experiences in the visual arts. Seeing the value of investing in the long-term trajectory of artists, Napoli established the Ana & Adeline Foundation in 2011 to complement the YAYA program by supporting its alumni into their adult lives. The Foundation awards grants and scholarships to individual visual artists who represent a 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 engage their teen and young adult artists with national and international visual arts and design communities.

from left - Top row: Channel Guice Thomas, Ian Jackson, Starr Solié, David Garcia Patiño; Middle row: Jeremiah Brown, Keith Singleton Jr., Amira Slocum, Glenn Garrison Jr.; Bottom row: Laila James, Andrew Bruce, Sofia Olexia-Daigle, Justin Parker

Ana & Adeline Foundation makes scholarships to YAYA alumni pursuing degrees in visual arts and design or studies that support leadership in those disciplines. Ana & Adeline Foundation is particularly dedicated to supporting first-generation college students and artists of color. Scholarships are up to $10,000 annually and artists may apply for 5 consecutive years or until they earn their degree, whichever comes first. Scholars may also use awards for continuing education, intensive workshops, and nontraditional institutions such as General Assembly

The complete list of the 2022-2023 scholars are:

Jeremiah Brown Transitional Scholarship, Graphic Design

Andrew Bruce Xavier University of Louisiana, BS Biology, Minor in Studio Art

David Garcia Patiño Drexel University, BA Fashion Design

Glenn Garrison Jr. New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute, Culinary Arts Certificate

Channel Guice Thomas Santa Monica College, Associates Fashion Design

Ian Jackson Fashion Institute of Technology, BA Fashion Design

Laila James Savannah College of Art & Design, BA Animation

Sofia Olexia-Daigle Tulane University, BA Studio Art

Justin Parker Transitional Scholarship, Digital & Graphic Design

Keith Singleton Jr. Transitional Scholarship, Digital Arts & Design

Amira Slocum North Carolina State University, Masters Landscape Architecture

Starr Solié Fashion Institute of Technology, BFA Spatial Experience Design


YAYA alumnus joins Ana & Adeline Foundation as College & Career Advisor.

Darryl White

Darryl White is a visual creative driving design direction on multiple verticals. He has spearheaded projects in graphic design & production, consumer packaging, print collateral, logo and identity development, social media graphics, digital assets, and graphic apparel.

Whitelight Media is his creative space for showcasing his work and passions. Located in Metro Atlanta, and educated at The Savannah College of Art & Design and Xavier University, his life as a creative began in New Orleans as a member of a local arts organization named YAYA. His passion and zest for design is grounded with the heart, soul and flavor of New Orleans.


The 2022-2023 scholarship recipients were selected by the following panel of creative and cultural leaders:

Kayla Curley is a multidisciplinary graphic designer and artist from New Orleans, LA. At the beginning of 2021, she created a series called Sensory Conversations, which was based on her synesthesia. Later, she commemorated the project with an in-person installation, being her first show.

Kayla currently does freelance design work, and she has just completed a 5-month Junior Designer contracted role with Raire Label, a creative agency based in New Orleans.

Shana M. griffin is a black feminist activist, independent researcher, applied sociologist, geographer, artist, mother, and abolitionist. Shana lives within the black geographies of New Orleans and engages its feminist pedagogies—participating in research, organizing projects, and art practices that attend to the lived experiences of the black Diaspora.

​Shana is the founder of PUNCTUATE, a recently established feminist research, art, and activist initiative foregrounding the embodied aesthetics and practices of black feminist thought. She's the former Interim Executive Director of Antenna, a multidisciplinary visual and literary arts organization.

She holds a Master’s of Arts in Sociology and two Bachelors of Arts degrees in History and Sociology from the University of New Orleans.

Whether serving on a board, a member of a collective, conducting research, collaborating on a project, documenting social movements, organizing a conference, coordinating an action, creating feminist projects with her daughter, leading a campaign, or establishing a new initiative or organization, Shana's work is expansive and exists in multiple social justice formations, contexts, and capacities as noted below.

Corey Pemberton (American b. Reston, VA 1990) received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. He has completed residencies at The Pittsburgh Glass Center (PA), Bruket (Bodø, NO), as well as a Core Fellowship at the Penland School of Crafts (NC). He currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he splits his time between Crafting the Future, production glass blowing, and his painting practice. Pemberton strives to bring together people of all backgrounds and identities, breaking down stereotypes and building bridges; not only through his work with Crafting The Future but with his personal artistic practice as well.

Karoline Schleh is a native of New Orleans, where she lives and works with her family.

Karoline's work is included in the collections of the Louisiana State Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the New Orleans Arts Council, and private collections. She has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation. Callan Contemporary represents her in New Orleans, and Ann Connelly Fine Art represents her in Baton Rouge.

In addition to her studio work, she works as an Assistant Professor of Art at Loyola University, New Orleans.

Paul Michael Wright is a Painter, Illustrator, and StoryTeller that uses figurative portraiture to tell personal narratives about coming of age, community, and nostalgia. Wright received his MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts 21’ and his BFA from Parsons The New School for Design 19’.

Wright has had residencies and exhibitions with Adobe Creative Residency, GUCCI, AJM Design Studio, Joan Mitchell Center, and SVA Galleries. Wright currently works as a Visual Arts Teacher and Freelancer in New York.


Congratulations, Hannah Lee!

Finally, congratulations to Hannah Lee, Ana & Adeline Foundation scholarship recipient from 2018-2022, for earning a BA in Studio Art from Boston University this spring.


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