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NOCGI merges into YAYA to establish Creative Glass at YAYA!

November 10, 2011- Thanks to an agreement between NOCGI and YAYA (Young Aspirations/Young Artists), NOCGI's public access glass studio and education center will now be a part of YAYA!

"The glass studio and education center you knew as the New Orleans Creative Glass Institute is now Creative Glass at YAYA," says NOCGI co-founder and CEO Carlos Zervigón.  "Same studio, but now merged into a larger, very successful arts and education organization."  NOCGI co-founder Laurel Porcari adds, "This merger ensures the long-term success of the public access studio for students and professional artists.  We are excited about this opportunity to grow our programming and increase our outreach to the New Orleans Community."  NOCGI co-founder Eddie Bernard adds, "As we continue to grow our community of artists working with glass, we want artists around the country and the world to know that there is a place for them in New Orleans.  If you are considering relocating, consider New Orleans."

"We are thrilled to be serving both our YAYA artist-in-training and the entire arts community of New Orleans through Creative Glass," says YAYA Executive Director Baty Landis.  "This is a natural next step in the evolution of YAYA's arts programming, which has served thousands of aspiring young New Orleanians since 1988." 

Policies, pricing and scheduling will generally be the same under Creative Glass at YAYA as they were under NOCGI.  For further information regarding programming, pricing and scheduling, contact Charity Poskit ( or Mark Morris (, or call the studio office at 504-482-6003.


grand opening

On Friday, November 18, 7-9PM, the YAYA Board of Directors will host a Grand Opening of Creative Glass!  Artists, art enthusiasts, and all who believe in the power of art to touch and educate young people in our community are invited to join us for an evening of fun and beauty!  Local artists will present art-creative demonstrations.  Workshops and other events will be announced for all guests.


About Yaya

Since its founding in 1988, YAYA, formally known as Young Aspirations/Young Artists, Inc., has provided creative young people with limited access to educational resources and career opportunities the chance to apprentice with professional artists, create public artworks, design merchandise, serve as cultural ambassadors, work as project managers, and mentor others in the arts.  YAYA's success has received extensive media exposure with features in Fortune, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Elle Décor, and ArtNews, as well as MTV's House of Style, Sesame Street, and NBC's Today show.  For more information about YAYA, visit, call 504-529-3306 or email

The YAYA Board of Directors thanks all of our supporters who have made Creative Glass possible, and especially the partnership and faith of the New Orleans Creative Glass Institute in our ability to carry on the vision of this critical cultural institution!



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Supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and a grant from the Ford Foundation in Partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities.