LAYAYA Imaginarium Studios

by Jo Hughes


An important message about LAYAYA Imaginarium Studios and an announcement concerning new members during the Covid-19 Crisis.

We have not taken any new members since March 2020 and entry to the studio is by appointment only (with the exception of scheduled classes).   

At this time we are thrilled to report that we have made the decision to accept a very small number of new members to our group and will begin scheduling studio tours and membership application meetings for potential members and a parent or guardian.  Openings will be filled on a first come basis and appointments will be scheduled in the order that we receive the online appointment request.  We will add only 5 new members to our youngest group (ages 7-10) and an additional 5 for our visual arts Friday class (ages 11-21). 

Our creative writing department will take on up to 6 additional young writers (age 13-21).  

We will audition for music group and our film series classes September-November 2021.  We will not be accepting new members for our theater department at this time. Check our Facebook page for any news on auditions.  

If you would like to schedule an application meeting appointment you can do so by completing the form HERE. Once you submit the form someone will contact you to schedule an appointment. Should you have any questions please feel free to email us at [email protected] or text us at (504) 345-9292.

As we navigate the Covid-19 situation we are making all decisions about LAYAYA, Imaginarium Studios and our community by adhering to very conservative and socially responsible guidelines. The health and well-being of our members and our community is our first priority. We are working hard to make sure that every member of our LAYAYA art family stays creative, stays connected and stays safe.  While we have resumed in-studio classes we have spread the class schedule out to provide very small classes and to give us a chance to properly disinfect between groups. 

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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 expression and foster a learning of delivering those ideas in a respectful manner. 

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 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 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!

Salty the Sailfish kicks off the LAYAYA Plaquemines Pride Public Art Project! To learn more click HERE!

LAYAYA is an ALL-Volunteer organization and receives no parish, state or federal operation funding.    Because we had to cancel all of our spring and summer fundraisers and donations are greatly reduced we are in need of donations of any size to be sure that this resource is available to our community in the future. Please consider making a donation of ANY size as an investment in  LAYAYA and in our community! Donations from $5-$5000 are appreciated and will be used to keep the building and studio operating! LAYAYA is a 501C3 nonprofit all-volunteer organization.  Thanks for you help. 

Layaya Imaginarium Studios hosted an author meet and greet and book signing open house event for six of the newest authors of Plaquemines Parish and New Orleans.  ALTERNATE – A Science Fiction Collection of Short Stories was published and released for global distribution Saturday June 1st.  The six authors who contributed to the book range in age from 12 years to 21 years of age and are members of LAYAYA – Louisiana Young Artists & Young Authors Creative Writing Department in Belle Chasse. The new published authors who contributed to the project are Anica Sercovich, Alexis Dupuy, Nathan Rees, Miranda Marvin and Shelby Bergeron of Belle Chasse and Jacklyn Leo of New Orleans.