To allow people of all ages the freedom to be themselves, feel inspired and empowered, and to be a force of change in their community and world through art.
Do Art with Yopp provides a necessary outlet where people of all ages can express themselves through the arts. Our belief is that each person should be at the center of their experience, allowing them to explore, imagine, and create!
What is Yopp?
Yopp, Inc. is a 501c3, not-for profit, organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
Yopp, Inc. has been a creative force in the Gainesville, FL community for almost a decade. Starting in 2008 with after school arts classes for students, Yopp has grown over the years to nurture many amazing, fun, and creative endeavors- from producing Birth the play by Karen Brody, to running summer camps, to hosting festivals, to partnering with the City of Gainesville to manage the Rosa B. Williams Recreation Center, Yopp has a long history of promoting the arts and education.
Made possible by a generous donation, Do Art is Yopp, Inc.’s newest creative project.
Who is Yopp?
Angela Habeck, Beth Hunter and Heddy Vernon are three local moms who wanted more options for creative and artistic expression for their children. Inspired by Compassionate Communication and Reggio Emilia, they decided to offer dance, theatre, and art classes for students all those years ago.
As an organization Yopp has a creative energy of its own and has grown and changed throughout the years to become a true community arts organization.
Yopp would never have been as amazing and successful as it is today without the help of a dedicated board of directors, inspired students, and supportive local government.
Where did the name ‘Yopp’ come from?
One night Heddy was reading Horton Hears a Who to her daughters. She was inspired by the messages of community in the book.
“To save Whoville, Horton implores the little people to make as much noise as they can, to prove their existence. So almost everyone in Whoville shouts, sings, and plays instruments, but still no one but Horton can hear them. So the Mayor searches Whoville until he finds a very small shirker named JoJo, who is playing with a yo-yo instead of making noise. The Mayor carries him to the top of Eiffelberg Tower, where Jojo lets out a loud “Yopp!”, which finally makes the kangaroo and the monkeys hear the Whos. Now convinced of the Whos’ existence, the other jungle animals vow to help Horton protect the tiny community.“
It was that one small “Yopp” that put them over the top and the whole world was saved by the smallest of them all! And that’s why Anglea, Beth and Heddy decided to call their organization “Yopp”. They believe that when we all work together, even the smallest of us all, to create, imagine, and explore, the possibilities are endless.