During the lockdown of 2020 the Louisiana Endowment or the Humanities (LEH) began construction of the Helis Foundation John Scott Center. The center will be a hub for integrated arts and humanities programming unlike any in the Gulf South. It will also house the largest collection of artwork by Ayo’s Father John T. Scott. As part of the Arts Council of New Orleans third iteration of their Unframed project, Ayo Scott created a mural at LEH’s headquarters at 938 Lafayette Street in New Orleans pays homage to his late father and MacArthur Fellow John T. Scott and is an ode to generations of New Orleanians, with depictions of his father’s well-known public sculptures Spirit House and Ocean Song, and his daughter, Phoenix dressed as Wonder Woman.
The Unveiling of Lessons was celebrated with a Pass It On: Closed Mic featuring Poet Laurette Mona Lisa Salloy and young phenom Akilah Toney and music by _SmoothCat&theNinthLife.
Check out some shots of the work in progress and the unveiling ceremony by Devin Ball , Christa Rock, and Andrew Bui.