The Women and Youth Art Foundation (Wy Art ) was founded in 1994 but structured into a registered NGO in 2004. Workshops and training began in its home base at Ibadan in 1994. It was initially conceived as a web-based NGO. It later moved to its present location in Lagos in March 2016. Wy Art is equipped with facilities for training in a broad area of the visual arts.
The Foundation organizes free workshops in various arts and crafts to include some of the traditional crafts which are going extinct. Areas of interest include gold and silver smithing, printmaking, painting, ceramics, bronze casting, and general arts and crafts. Our focus is on women and youth living in local communities. Our mission is to teach them skills to enhance their financial base and also to create platforms for interaction.
In 2012, the Women and Youth Art Foundation collaborated with the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, and hosted the Hilary Clinton SmARTpower project- a US State Department programme.
This project took fifteen artists to different parts of the world on cultural diplomacy programmes. Wy Art hosted Brett Cook, a California- based artist in Nigeria who worked with University of Lagos students and the Students of the All Saints’ College, Ibadan.
The Women and Youth Art Foundation has to its credit several community-based projects with the physically challenged in the School of the Blind, Cappa Lagos, and Cheshire home, Ibadan in Nigeria. Wy Art Foundation also works closely with a US-based NGO, Info power International Inc. in skill acquisition and empowerment projects. The Foundation was founded by Peju Layiwola, a female artist from Nigeria and is run by a group of seasoned academics and cultural workers.
One of our greatest achievements is the production of eLearning DVDs and magazines on step- by- step teaching of various arts and crafts. These materials are the first of their kind in Nigeria with well over three hundred thousand copies distributed across Nigeria.
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Volunteers and Facilitators
Taiwo Akinyele (Mr Tee)
US Exchange Alumni Award 2018
US Consulate Small Grant, Lagos 2017
US State Department SmARTpower grant 2012
Mr Debo Agbonyin
Geoffrey Williams-Okorodus (Antwerp, Belguim)
Mrs Aderemi (Unilag)