Survey: Young Aspirations/Young Artists, Inc.

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Youth Arts Services
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$250,001 - $500,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Commercial Gallery
Artist Group / Collective
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
YA/YA (Young Aspirations/Young Artists), Inc. is a non-profit arts and social service organization whose mission is to provide educational experiences and opportunities that empower artistically talented inner-city youth to be professionally self-sufficient through creative self-expression.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Founded in 1988 in response to the disparity of educational and career opportunities for New Orleans’ African-American youth, YA/YA’s original vision was that “given the right tools and a fertile environment, motivated young people can do extraordinary things.” For the past 18 years, the YA/YA studio-gallery has provided young artists (ages 14-24) who have 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. YA/YA is modeled on the artist guild system, in which participants move in calibrated steps from apprentice to guild master, with senior students mentoring newcomers. YA/YA artists apprentice with professionals in media that range from furniture design to painting, fabric screen-printing, fashion design, sewing, cartooning, and computer graphics. This type of experience leads the students to projects ranging from one-of-a-kind painted chairs to large-scale corporate promotions. YA/YA also offers studio workshops and after-school mentoring programs throughout New Orleans. Students participating in the studio workshops create original artwork for sale in the YA/YA gallery. They earn 50-80% of their art sales with the balance invested back into program costs and post-secondary education funds. Through this model, students learn valuable entrepreneurial and leadership skills by managing their own art sales and by serving as directors for exhibits, murals, and art contracts.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
In design circles, the YA/YA “look” is as immediately evocative of New Orleans as is the city’s famous jazz and Creole cuisine. Public acclaim has led to contracts for YA/YA designs for Swatch watches to murals to seat covers for the entire General Assembly of the United Nations. Furthermore, YA/YA has received extensive media exposure with features in Fortune, Rolling Stone, and ArtNews, as well as MTV’s House of Style, Sesame Street, and NBC’s Today show. In 2002, YA/YA was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a recipient of the Angel Network “Use Your Life Award,” a $100,000 grant, plus $100,000 worth of art supplies. In 1999, the National Endowment for the Arts and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities recognized YA/YA with the “Coming Up Taller Award.” Such recognition has attracted national and international travel opportunities for the YA/YA artists, and, in turn, has inspired other communities to establish similar programs including Space One Eleven (Birmingham, AL), Say Si (Austin, TX), and See Saw (Durham, NC).
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Jana Napoli
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Jed Horne
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Rondell Crier
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Ann Schnieders
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Changes in your physical space that will result in endangerment to your archival materials
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Drain on Existing Staff Time
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
The Historic New Orleans Collection started a YA/YA collection of over six thousand slide that were taken over the first 12 years of the organization. The slides were digitized and are now available through the collection.
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
YA/YA has a three rooms for supplies, artwork, and archive storage.
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
Our archives that are accessible, can be accessed through the Historic New Orleans Collection, at the Williams Research Center in New Orleans.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Board Minutes
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork. Please describe below.
Pre-production materials/ Film positives/sketches/etc
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Broadsides / Small Press
Commercially Published Materials
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Publication or Merchandise Catalogues
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Layouts / Sketches / Instructions for Installations
Mock-Ups / Models / Prototypes
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Flat Files
Three-Ring Binders
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
Oversized archives: Unique Artwork are in storage rooms
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
41 - 50
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
21 - 30
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
31 - 40
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
Other Archive Storage Units - Please describe below.: 
Fabric Bolts