Layaya is about supporting the dreams of young people to create something that they want to see exist in the world and giving them a roadmap to their best future. In addition to art education, we remind young people that their emotions and ideas are equally worthy of respect and expression. LAYAYA gives our youth a vehicle to form lasting relationships based in support, encouragement, and respect. We provide opportunities for youth to mentor their peers, run programs, and serve as authentic advisors in the administration of Layaya. These dedicated young people strive to help the community with service projects and they also learn the business and creative sides of the art world – making and keeping the funds generated by the artwork that they create in our ARTrepreneur Program. Layaya is dedicated to highlighting the unique talents of these young people and assisting them to develop those talents as far as they wish.
Layaya empowers the youth members to be the leaders, managers, decision makers and successful artists.
By simply giving them skills to organize, encouragement, permission for expression, a studio to gather, peer and mentor support, instruction and teaching them about a real sense of dedication LAYAYA serves as a springboard for success for our next generation AND for our Community as a whole!
LAYAYA prohibits discrimination against any member of the LAYAYA community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. We believe that diversity among members strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches life.