Educational Opportunities

From music and food to swamps and alligator farms, New Orleans is the most fun your group will ever have!  New Orleans is a magical place and with unlimited options, history, culture and musical heritage, it is the perfect setting for your youth group.  

To customize your itinerary, contact Thu Tran at ttran@neworleanscvb.com.

BACKSTREET CULTURAL MUSEUM
1116 Henriette Delille St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
Tel: 504-522-4806
info@backstreetmuseum.org
www.backstreetmuseum.org
The Backstreet Cultural Museum is filled with exhibits reflecting aspects of the unique cultural traditions and institutions of African-American culture in New Orleans. These traditions include Mardi Gras Indians and Jazz Funerals.

BLOWDIE ENTERTAINMENT
Contact: Gregory Davis
336 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-410-4100
booking@blowdieentertainment.com
Workshops and clinics available on the history of New Orleans traditional brass band music. Call for more information.

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER (CAC)
Contact: Marianna Sheppard
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-528-3805
msheppart@cacno.org
www.cacno.org
Bring your class of young artists to the Contemporary Arts Center to explore and exchange creative processes with professional New Orleans artists. Artist Exchange field trips introduce young artists to applied skills in the arts, reinforce Common Core Standards, and address the needs and abilities of all students. These learning experiences engage students by enabling them to discover new interests while learning through and about the arts. Choose from classes in theater, dance, music, visual arts, and creative writing! Workshops last for 3.5 hours. Call for more information.

DESTREHAN PLANTATION
Contact: Angela Matherne
13034 River Road
Destrehan, LA 70047
Tel: 985-764-9315
DestPlan@aol.com or info@destrehanplantation.org
The Heritage Education Program offers students a grade level appropriate guided tour of the big house in addition to folk like demonstrations with hands-on experiences. A teacher's resource book, classroom materials, and a resource library are available upon booking a field trip to our site.

EDGAR DEGAS HOUSE
Contact: Marie Carr
2306 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
Tel: 504-821-5009
tours@degashouse.com
www.degashouse.com
"Degas, Pencils & Pizzas" is an evening of history, art and culture. Includes a tour of the house where Degas lived and painted 18 paintings, a time line of his personal history and world history, and a 30 minute documentary of his life in New Orleans. Also features an art lesson complete with drawing paper and charcoal pencils as well as pizza and pralines.

 

 

FRENCH QUARTOUR KIDS
Contact: Jill Dresser
330 Friscoville Avenue
Arabi, LA 70032
Tel: 504-975-5355
www.fqkids@gmail.com
www.frenchquartourkids.com
We are a tour company just for kids! We offer educational, entertaining kids walking tours throughout the French Quarter. These tours are recommended for kids aged 6 to 16 year old - though grown-up chaperones and other ages will also enjoy our tours! All tours are designed and led by a trained teacher. We'll take your kids on a trip through time they'll never forget!

FLEUR DECUERS PROGRAMS
Contact: Jayna Morgan
New Orleans, LA
Tel: 504-931-5808
fleurdecuers@gmail.com
www.fleurdecuers.com
Fleur Decuers - Student dining and entertainment programs. Join Fleur Decuers for an exciting way of approaching music and dance! Featuring some of New Orleans most respected musicians and performers! Learn the history of jazz music in New Orleans, how jazz was developed, how to dance hip hop, make a Mardi Gras mask, and so much more! Also have breakfast, lunch, and dinner catering options available for students and adults. All ages welcome!

GROW DAT YOUTH FARM
Contact: Jenelle Malbrough
150 Zachary Taylor Drive
New Orleans, LA 70124
Tel: 504-300-1132
jenelle@growdatyouthfarm.org
www.growdatyouthfarm.org
Facilitated team-building exercise opener. Guided tour of our 7-acre farm with a Grow Dat alumni of the fields, birding corridor, and eco-campus. In depth discussion on sustainable agriculture and biodiversity. Historical discussion of the site and city park from its creation to present day use. Tour closing exercise and reflections.

LEVEE EXHIBIT HALL AND RAIN GARDEN
Contact: Sandy Rosenthal
5000 Warrington Drive
New Orleans, LA 70122
volunteer@levees.org
www.levees.org
Residents and visitors alike can view six museum-quality exhibit panels housed in a 100-foot walkway. The text and forty photographs tell the story and bust the myths still encircling the 2005 flooding during Katrina. The six panels are about ALL the levee breaches, ALL the neighborhoods, ALL the lives. The beautiful garden uses native plans which helps manage stormwater onsite and reduce the load on the municipal drainage system. The exhibit hall and garden is free, open to everyone.

 

 

 

LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Contact: Amanda Wuerstlin
1010 Common Street, Suite 2120
New Orleans, LA 70112
Tel: 504-523-6530 ext 501
Amanda.wuerstlin@lpomusic.com
www.lpomusic.com
Open rehearsals on select weekdays. Students will participate in a pre-rehearsal talk that includes music history and trivia. They will visit with world-renowned artists and meet LPO musicians.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY
Contact: Dr. Joseph Hebert, Director of Bands
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Tel: 504-865-3748
jghebert@loyno.edu
Observe Musical Classes - Choral/Instrumental. Observe Recitals - Based on Availability. Observe Rehearsals - Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Choral. Call for info and rates.

NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM
Contact: Meghan Sens
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-528-1944 x222 or 877-813-3329 x222
meghan.sens@nationalww2museum.org
www.nationalww2museum.org
Tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the worldTM. Guaranteed to move and educate, The National WWII Museum features a 4D cinematic experience, interactive exhibits, soaring air craft, personal histories and more. An incomparable experience for all generations. Ask about our group rates! Open daily.

NEW ORLEANS CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS (NOCCA)
Contact: Brian Hammell, Director of Communications
2800 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
Tel: 504-940-2854
bhammell@noccainstitute.com
www.nocca.com
The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers secondary school-age children intensive instruction in dance, media arts, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts (drama, musical theatre, theatre design), visual arts, culinary arts, and creative writing. Call for information or visit the website.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Contact: Matt Hampsey
Visitor Center - 916 N. Peters Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116, Tel: 504-589-4841
Headquarters - 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130, Tel: 504-589-4806
Old U.S. Mint - 400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70116, Tel: 504-589-2266
matt_hampsey@nps.gov
www.nps.gov/jazz.htm
Only in New Orleans could there be a National Park for Jazz! Drop by their French Market visitor center to inquire about musical events around town. Attend a jazz concert or ranger performance at the new state of the art performance venue in the Old U.S. Mint. Visitor Center is open 9:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday. Headquarters is open daily, 8:00am-4:30pm. Old U.S. Mint is open 10:00am-4:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday.

NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART
Contact: Elise Solomon
1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park
New Orleans, LA 70124
Tel: 504-658-4128 / 504-658-4100
education@noma.org
www.noma.org
The Education Division at NOMA is eager to share their exciting arts education programs with students, educators, and parents. Offering a variety of programs designed especially for students and educators, including guided tours, outreach programs, workshops, and art classes. Call for more info.

NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF GLASSWORKS AND PRINTMAKING STUDIO, THE
Contact: Geriod Barrone
727 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-529-7279
neworleansglassworks@gmail.com
www.neworleansglassworks.com
FREE DAILY demonstrations in glassblowing, printmaking, torch-working, and metal sculpture are offered. Two-hour short courses offer HANDS-ON opportunities education in glassblowing, scientific torch-working, printmaking, paper engineering and copper enameling. Visit our website:

NEW ORLEANS OPERA ASSOCIATION
Contact: John Fink, Box Office Manager & Education Coordinator
616 Girod St. Suite 200
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-529-3000
jfink@neworleansopera.org
www.neworleansopera.org
Student groups up to seniors in High School can attend the final dress rehearsals of New Orleans Opera productions free of charge!

OAK ALLEY PLANTATION
Contact: Hillary Loeber
3645 Highway 18
Vacherie, LA 70090
Tel: 225-265-2152
hloeber@oakalleyplantation.com
www.oakalleyplantation.com
Tour the historic plantation and learn how people lived their daily lives during the 1830's. Learn what crops they grew, politics, how the home was built, and when the trees were planted. Witness the "slavery at Oak Alley" exhibit's reconstructed slave quarters and learn about those who made plantation luxuries possible. Learn the stories of the Civil War and blacksmith demonstrations.

OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART
Contact: Ellen Balkin, Education Coordinator
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-539-9608
ebalkin@ogdenmuseum.org
www.ogdenmuseum.org
Museum Tour & Scavenger Hunt! Helps children to broaden their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. The museum also offers docent led tours.

PRESERVATION HALL
Contact: Debbie Guidry
726 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Tel: 504-522-2841
Debbie@preservationhall.com
www.preservationhall.com
Students can attend a private concert with historical & musical education in historic Preservation Hall.
Contact for prices.

TULANE UNIVERSITY
Contact: Leonard Raybon, Director of Choirs/Voice Instruction
6823 St. Charles Avenue, Dixon Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118
Tel: 504-865-5267
lraybon@tulane.edu
Call for educational opportunities.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
www.choralnut.com
Contact : Steve Masakowski, Director of Jazz Studies
Tel: 504-280-5438, smasakow@uno.edu
Dr. Caroline Carson, Director of Choral Activities
Tel: 504-280-6037, cpcarson@uno.edu
Dr. Charles Taylor, Chair - Department of Music
Tel: 504-280-7206, ctaylor@uno.edu
Seminars/Workshops. Concerts to attend. Call for opportunities.

Updated July 2015