YAYA — Young Aspirations ⎸ Young Artists
Beginning in 2023, we will partner with YAYA, an organization serving New Orleans area children and youth through educational experiences and entrepreneurship opportunities in the arts. YAYA’s programs are designed to nurture the creative talents of students in ways that also strengthen their academic success, life skills, and professional preparedness, turning their creative talents into career pathways.
YAYA Glass Ceramics 2
YAYA Community Arts
YAYA Glass Demo 1
In this round of Craft for a Greater Good, we anticipate teaching furniture making skills to participants. YAYA’s original program involved working with young people to paint “storytelling chairs.” Over the last thirty-two years, YAYA has expanded their facilities, mediums, and reach. Our partnership with YAYA will allow them to return to their roots, the “storytelling chair;” only this time — three decades later — the participants will go beyond surface design and learn to build chairs of their own design, deepening their skills and enriching the experience.
YAYA rondell student chattanooga
YAYA students at work
YAYA Family Arts Clay Ornaments
YAYA empowers creative young people through visual arts education combined with entrepreneurial and life skills training, equipping them with the skills they need to thrive as leaders. Our programs train youth to think creatively, solve problems, manage complex projects, and give back to their community. Since 1988, YAYA has served as an incubator for young talent, giving youth the freedom, opportunities, and resources to discover their passions and artistic voices.
YAYA Mixed Media
YAYA Family Arts Easter Egg Hunt
YAYA Field Trip w Carlos Zervigon
Funding For CGG
The Furniture Society is pleased to announce renewed support from the John & Robyn Horn Foundation and the Sara Little Turnbull Foundation for our community-based initiative, Craft For a Greater Good.
With the 2021 – 2022 funding the Sara Little Turnbull and the John & Robyn Horn Foundations have so generously provided, CGG has been able to grow from a modest pilot program into a robust, nationally recognized program that is making a quantitative difference, even inspiring a college course as well as national volunteer participation.
In addition to the continued, generous support from these foundations, we are honored to have been recognized by the Maxwell Hanrahan Foundation in support of our efforts as we look to the future and our next project in New Orleans. We are
These multi-year grants are mission-critical to the continuation of CGG in allowing us to set a programmatic foundation in place to sustain and continue building the program.
The Furniture society is grateful to our funders for recognizing the critical and impactful nature of this program and we look forward to beginning our efforts, in earnest, in a new city over the course of the next year.