Alumni of the nonprofit teaching design studio YAYA (Young Aspirations/Young Artists) have received a total of $40,000 in grants from the Adeline Edwards Foundation to advance their professional and personal goals as visual artists.

The Adeline Edwards Foundation was established in 2011 by Jana Napoli, who also founded YAYA.

Some of the activities funded through YAYA Alumni Grants of up to $8,000 are participating in a book illustrators’ conference in Los Angeles, shadowing the staff of a youth arts organization in Texas, attending Xavier University in New Orleans, and creating a fashion look-book as a stepping stone for an independent designer.

YAYA Alumni Grants for professional development went to Andy Anderson, Timeka Junius, Sharika Mahdi and Carlos Neville, of New Orleans,

Grants for creative ventures went to Gerard Caliste, of Houston; Rondell Crier, of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Rontherin Ratliff, Dexter Stewart, Derroles Taylor, Brandon Thomas and Paul Wright, of New Orleans.

Jourdan Barnes, of New Orleans, got a scholarship grant.