Macaroni Kid: “Young Audiences of Louisiana Expands Free Baby Artsplay!™ Program”

Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) in partnership with The Helis Foundation announced plans to expand their successful early learning program, Baby Artsplay!™, to eight cultural institutions across the city of New Orleans. Beginning this Spring, Baby Artsplay!TM will be offered as a series of six free 30-minute workshops held weekly to engage young children ages 12-24 months and their caregivers in research-based performing arts experiences that support their cognitive, physical, and social development. The Louisiana Wolf Trap Baby Artsplay!™ teaching method taps into children’s innate desire for active, multi-sensory learning through purposeful singing, dancing, and movement.

Free Baby Artsplay!TM workshops presented by The Helis Foundation will be offered at the following institutions. Registration is now open at

  • New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117: Saturdays, March 4 – April 8, 10 am – 10:30 am. Click here to register.
  • Hermann-Grima House, 820 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70112: Saturdays, April 15 – May 20, 11 am – 11:30 am. Click here to register.
  • The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116: Saturdays, March 4 – April 8, 2 pm – 2:30 pm. Click here to register.

Additional free six-week sessions will be held in the Spring and Summer at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Newcomb Art Museum, as well as at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), where Baby Artsplay!™ workshops have been conducted for the last two years.

“The support of The Helis Foundation allows Young Audiences to reach a new, broader audience of next generation art-lovers, while helping all New Orleans families feel welcome in our great cultural institutions,” said Rickie Nutik, YALA’s Executive Director. “Through the arts we can engage children and their caregivers in multisensory, easy to replicate, and unintimidating experiences that help children reach developmental milestones.”

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