Welcome to Women And Youth Art Foundation


The Women and Youth Art Foundation (popularly known as Wy Art Foundation) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, non-political organization devoted to generating wealth through the teaching of the arts. The W stands for Women and Y for Youths. It is an art for empowerment Foundation founded in 2004 by a female Nigerian artist, Peju Layiwola Wy Art Foundation is coordinated by an eminent Board of seasoned artists, culture activists and scholars drawn from fields as diverse as the new media, humanities, and social sciences. Wy Art is indeed a household name in Nigeria and is synonymous with qualitative vocational training. We intend to make it so throughout Africa. It has been a success story and so we invite you to share in this dream whichever way you can


TThe main mission of this Foundation is to teach women and youths (without any discrimination based on class, religion or age) various arts and crafts in order for them to become more financially secure and therefore live more meaningfully. We strive to inculcate the spirit of hard work, team spirit and resourcefulness in people. We foster healthy relationships between people of various cultures. This interconnectedness and collaboration established between people who share the same ideals has been a major interest for this Foundation.

The Women and Youth Art Foundation has conducted several workshops in different parts of the world. Some of these include

  1. Working with indigent students, in Iresi, Ibadan and Lagos
  2. Workshops in schools. Some of which include the International School, Lagos, University of Lagos Staff school, Bodija International School and Rosebud Group of Schools, Ibadan
  3. Workshops on paper crafts and Tie dye in Europe and America.
  4. Working with the physically challenged in Leonard Cheshire home and the School for the Blind, Cappa, Lagos

In addition to this we have distributed well over 300,000 copies of our eLearning DVDs. These materials are used in various museums across the globe for educational programs as well as in refugee camps. The widest use for these materials are in primary and secondary schools across Nigeria.