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Our Team

YAM is a collective of experienced artists, educators, and youth advocates dedicated to engaging youth and inspiring communities through profound artistic experiences.

  • Youth Development partners recruit youth and inform program design
  • Community Engagement partners facilitate dialogues and design workshops
  • Public Art partners coordinate artists and wall approval

YAM is championed by experts in the fields of youth development, public art, education, and justice. Our advisory committee includes: Judge Arthur Hunter (Orleans Criminal District Court); Ron Bechet (Xavier University, Department of Art); Carol Bebelle, Jo Ann Minor, and Karel Sloane-Boekbinder (Ashé Cultural Arts Center); Timeka Junius (YAYA); Heidi Schmalbach, Alphonse Smith, and Jose Cotto (Arts Council New Orleans); Alberta Wright (Young Creative Agency); Sarah Woodward (Tulane University, City, Culture and Community Program, formerly Mural Music & Arts Project in Bay Area); Jamar Pierre (J. Pierre Studios); and Dee Jay Pate (New Orleans International Muralists).

Our Vision

A New Orleans in which young adults see themselves as creative assets and are engaged in opportunities to work with and learn from local, national, and international artists; equipping young adults to cultivate their creative, intellectual, and leadership potential to enact social change.