Capoeria the month of October!

Do you want to play with us?
Check out our schedule below!

Capoeira on: 
Wednesdays 7 - 8:30
Oct 3, Oct 10

Saturday 10 am - noon
Oct 6

Tuesday Thursdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Oct 16, 18
Oct 23, 25
Oct 30


International Artist in Residence Recipient

We are excited to highlight our 2018 International Artist in Residence. Ife Olatunji is an artist, anthropologist and ethnographic documentarian who created Collected Voices Ethnographic Film Fest. She has received numerous awards anf fellowships for her work.

Yeyo Arts Collective will support her travel to continue the creative practice she maintains. This is what she says about her work:

As an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, I have always been interested in the non-tangible aspects of culture, such as love, faith, and spirits. My project in Nigeria, entitled "Footing" is about the spirit that remains after 400 years of physical change. Over the course of a few weeks, I hope to document the daily lives of women and girls as they learn about and practice traditional African faiths in the heart of Nigeria, Ile-Ife. Through photography and cinema verite vignettes, I hope to be able to capture the spirit of my ancestors stolen hundreds of years ago. I look forward to gallery viewings and discussions between Nigeria and America. 

We will update our supporters on the journey and creative practice. For more information, contact us at yeyoarts@gmail.com


Group Centered Leadership in the Arts

Group Centered Leadership in The Arts is now enrolling!

“The most common way people give up their power, is by thinking they don’t have any.”
 -Alice Walker 

Join us for a journey of manifestation. In our first mini residency 90% of the participants completed their goals and lived their wildest dream! Artists traveled to Tanzania, India, and through out the country with their creative talents. Professional CD's and large bodies of works were released into the world. We began our journey with self care. 
In the next series we will deepen our practice. We want you to join us. Apply today. More info below. Please read the attachment!

Group Centered Leadership in the Arts supports artists in achieving their economic goals in an inclusive environment. Group Centered Leadership is an organizing model that encourages individual growth and empowerment as a way to affect positive social change. Small group art projects cultivate leadership development.

Artists will create a culminating project in response to their experience. Participants are asked to: Present their creative vision, participate in workshop schedule, and create a culminating art project. In Group Centered Leadership in the Arts individuals achieve their creative goal while simultaneously achieving common goals that support positive social change.

Yeyo Arts Collective will introduce supportive knowledge, organizational exercises and a network to artists. Artists will discuss the social change work of Ella Baker, participate in large group exercises, and develop a plan of social change that involves their artistic endeavor or goal. Other topics will include self esteem, speaking in front of an audience and goal setting.

4 workshops at Yeyo Arts every other Sunday. Please send in your letter of interest ASAP! The fee for the mini residency is 65.00 and covers the cost of communal supplies, welcome packets and culminating event. Please read attached flyer.


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.