Welcome Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy

We are excited to announce a rare mini- residency to Soraya!
She is a life long artist with a plethora of creative magic in store for the Saint Louis area.


Exhibition Reception
SATURDAY MAY 19th 5-8pm

Artist Workshop
SUNDAY MAY 20th 1-4pm
$25 donation

Yeyo Arts Collective
2907 South Jefferson Ave
Saint Louis Mo 63118

*This mini- residency is in conjunction with the month long celebration of Yeyo Arts Collective's 8 year anniversary!

Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy
New Orleans, Louisiana
Multimedia: Painting, Collage, Installation and Prose

BIO/Artist Statement                           
Soraya Jean­-Louis McElroy is a Haitian born, Harlem and Brooklyn raised mixed media queer womynist artist conjurer and healer currently living and loving in New Orleans. Her love of black wom*n and families, motherhood, nature, wildcrafting, Black Feminist Futurisms, comics/graphic novels and the African Diaspora are central themes in her work. Soraya’s work as an organizer, mentor, counselor, doula and medical anthropologist focusing on women’s health and African folklore strengthen her commitment to resisting oppression and facilitating healing through imaginative creative/art activism. Soraya has participated in several group exhibits in various New Orleans cultural institutions including the Mckenna Museum of African American Art, The JuJu Bag, Antenna Gallery, The Jazz and Heritage Gallery and a solo show at Café Rose NiCaud and Backatown Coffee Parlour.   Her works have been used in zines, books and promotional materials such as M Archive : After The End Of The World by Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs,  Secret Rivers : Domestic Violence Zine, Near Kin: A collection of Words and Art Inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler, and the Official poster for Audre Lorde Days  at Tulane. She also served as make-up and costume designer for Monica McIntyre’s album It Soon Come and recent creative altar designer for the re-branding  of SpiritWerks : Music and Reiki Facilitation by Spirit McIntyre. Soraya is the co-founder of Wildseeds: New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective. Wildseeds work, steeped in Black feminist traditions of survival and healing, engages Octavia Butler and other speculative/sci-fi and fantastical authors a resource for social change  She is currently working with various community organizations, sharing her skills as a dedicated and seasoned teaching artist and facilitating her own series of creative playshops while enjoying her beautiful family. Soraya is constantly imagining  and creating new work and was awarded the Alternate Roots Visual Scholars grant in 2014. Most recently, Soraya was the creative facilitator, curator and contributing artist for one of the largest public art exhibitions in New Orleans, Wildseeds “Sacred Space”at ExhibitBE and co-organizer of the inaugural Black Futures Fest: A Celebration of the Black Fantastic in New Orleans in 2015.


International Artist Residency Opportunity

Yeyo Arts Collective is dedicated to the creative empowerment of women and families. Our organization was founded by intergenerational, black, mother artists and their supporters. We began operating a cooperative gallery in 2010 and continue our mission through a variety of programs. Girls Create is a seasonal program from young girls’ age 7-14 years old. Art Achievers works with young people to create group art projects and entrepreneurial ideas. Group Centered Leadership in the Arts is an intensive for emerging professional artists who has a strong connection to family. We have rotating short term programming and an educational curriculum for young people. While maintaining our gallery space we also exhibit nationally, as a group.

Ancestry has been a continued inquiry within our work. In our early group exhibitions we focused artworks surrounding our favorite ancestors, coordinated ancestor based workshops and honor our ancestors in our regular meeting practice. Ancestry taps into the core of our identities and creative processes.

We are pleased to announce a special opportunity for practicing artists in any discipline. Thanks to a generous gift, we will award one artist or artist group the opportunity to travel to their ancestral land. This international opportunity covers the travel expenses up to $3000.00. Artists of all disciplines are urged to apply.

Our organization takes special interest in black, brown, people of color, women artists, mother artists and family based artist teams. We urge all to apply.

Yeyo Arts Collective will accept applications until March 30, 2018. Please submit 5 samples of work, and a written statement as to why the experience will benefit your practice, with artist statement. Please include a resume and/or CV. Send all information to yeyoarts@gmail.com ATTN: International Residency. Applicants will be notified by May 1st of acceptance.

We ask that the selected artist or artist team travel during the year of 2018. We ask that the artist or artist team complete the residency by coordinating a report back or culminating event in response to the experience.


Celebrate and Collaborate: 7 Years this May at Yeyo Arts Collective

Sticks in a bundle cannot be broken. 

Celebrating 7 Years at Yeyo Arts.

Can you believe it has been 7 years of creativity, community, and
the empowerment of womyn and families?!!

We are so excited to reach this milestone! You have been a special part of this journey and we invite you to visit the gallery this month, connect with us and continue to build with us. Check out our May Calendar below and also make a contribution to us on Give STL Day, next Thursday, to support our creative community. Together we are building a legacy in our city, an institution for arts, expression and social and economic change. Now is the time for your creative expression. Join us, collaborate with us or be a supporter by visiting or shopping with us!

In 2017 we are launching our Organizational Building Fund. For those who are or were supporting members, we encourage you to please renew your commitment with us. This year we will deepen our practice and ground ourselves in ways that will continuously be revealed throughout the year.  We welcome all new commitments, collaborations and Support. Please consider giving a monetary contribution today. As always, please stop by our gallery location 2907 South Jefferson Ave. Saint Louis, MO 63118.

Bookmark our unique giving link for next Thursday.
Pledge your support in advance!