Two Super Summer Events with a Focus on Arts Education

June 2, 2021

Young Audiences of Louisiana wants New Orleans families to have a super summer and they are kicking things off with two super family arts events that highlight the seemingly superhuman benefits that come with an arts education. Both events will be filled with arts education activities to engage children and inspire caregivers.

Arts and Literacy on the Keller Lawn  
June 12th from 9:30 – 11 a.m., Rosa F. Keller Library

Artsplay! on the Greenway 
June 19th from 9:30 – 11 a.m., Lafitte Greenway

Arts and Literacy on the Keller Lawn is an opportunity for the Broadmoor neighborhood and those around the city to promote literacy among the children in their lives. The library workshop will begin with a sing-a-long and incorporate a literary scavenger hunt, arts-enhanced activity packets for older children, library card signups, and a YALA Arts and Literacy Workshop on the lawn of Rosa F. Keller Library. YALA’s Arts and Literacy Workshops assist caregivers with early literacy strategies they can implement at home. A professional teaching artist will lead children and caregivers on a literary exploration using the performing arts. YALA hosts Arts and Literacy on the Keller Lawn in partnership with Broadmoor Improvement Association, New Orleans Public Library, Telescope Readers, and HEY Coffee Co.

Families will receive a gift fit for a superhero, an invitation to the Telescope Readers Book Club, snacks and a free book for each child, as long as supplies last. All attendees can enjoy complementary cold brew coffee and lemonade, donated by HEY Coffee Co.

Artsplay! on the Greenway is a Juneteenth family event for the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood, but all families are welcome! Events include an Ella Jenkins Sing-a-long to celebrate the "First Lady of Children's Music", Juneteenth-inspired visual arts activities for older children, and a YALA Artsplay! Workshop on the Greenway. YALA Artsplay! workshops allow young children to explore, observe and investigate their world through song, dance and movement experiences. Professional teaching artists will lead children and caregivers in art strategies to promote childhood development. YALA hosts Artsplay! on the Greenway in partnership with Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, We Play Center and HEY Coffee Co.

Families will receive an Artsplay! Gift Bag, plus snacks and a free book for each child, as long as supplies last. All attendees can enjoy complementary cold brew coffee and lemonade, donated by HEY Coffee Co. and red velvet cake, catered by Adrian's Bakery.

Both events are made possible with the support of The Helis Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For families interested in more arts education, YALA hosts online workshops available for all ages and the arts education organization is actively working with partners to return to even more in-person arts education workshops. Follow YALA on Facebook and Instagram or subscribe to YALA's mailing list to receive program and event updates.

About Young Audiences of Louisiana 
Young Audiences of Louisiana was founded in 1962 to bring chamber musicians into local classrooms. For nearly 60 years, Young Audiences has adapted and evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of youth throughout the state through our mission of “inspiring, engaging, and uniting children and communities through education, arts, and culture.”

Young Audiences of Louisiana is part of a national network of 30 affiliates throughout the country under Young Audiences Arts for Learning. As the nation's first and largest arts-in-education network, Young Audiences Arts for Learning ensures the highest standards in arts education programs for over five million school children annually.

About The Helis Foundation 
The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation, established and funded by the William Helis Family. The Art Funds of The Helis Foundation advance access to the arts for the community through contributions that sustain operations for, provide free admission to, acquire works of art, and underwrite major exhibitions and projects of institutions within the Greater New Orleans area.

About W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.