The Women and Youth Art Foundation (popularly known as Wy Art Foundation) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, organization devoted to generating wealth through the teaching of the visual 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 artists, culture activists and scholars drawn from fields as diverse as the 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.
The main mission of this Foundation is to teach women and youths (without any discrimination) 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. The interconnectedness and collaboration established between people, who share the same ideals, has been a major interest for this Foundation. We have trained well over 20,000 people through our hands-on workshops. Several of these workshops have been held in various rural communities and cities in Lagos, Oyo, Osun and Edo State. We also work excitedly with people living with physical challenges. Our work with Leonard Cheschire Home and the School of the Blind, Cappa attest to our commitment to empower all. Our greatest contribution to art training has been our elearning materials such as our DVDs and magazines. At the last count we have distributed well over 400,000 DVDs across Nigeria. The demand for our materials remains high!