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 Lisa Holland at lholland@neworleanscvb.com.

BACKSTREET CULTURAL MUSEUM
1116 St. Claude Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116
Tel: 504-303-9058
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.

BLUES SCHOOLHOUSE (House of Blues)
Ms. Courtney Johnson
510 Bienville St., 3rd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-522-8281
Fax: 504-522-8595
courtney.johnson@hob.com
The Blues SchoolHouse transforms House of Blues venues into multimedia classrooms where 5th through 12th grade students and their teachers learn about the music, history and cultural impact of the blues and the traditions of related folk art. Please call for more info.

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER (CAC)
Ms. Marie Lamb
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-528-3805
Fax: 504-528-3828
mlamb@cacno.org
www.cacno.org
Workshops available with professional artists active in New Orleans' vibrant arts scene (musicians, dancers, writers, actors, visual artists). Workshops last for 3.5 hours, limited to 80 participants. Call for more information.

DESTREHAN PLANTATION
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.

DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND
Mr. Gregory Davis
336 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-410-4100
Fax: 504-410-4123
info@dirtydozenbrass.com

LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Ms. Amanda Wuerstlin
1010 Common Street, Suite 2120
New Orleans, LA 70112
Tel: 504-523-6530 ext 115
Fax: 504-595-8468
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
Dr. Joseph Hebert
Director of Bands
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Tel: 504-865-3748
Fax: 504-865-2852
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 information and rates.

MARDI GRAS INDIAN COLLECTIVE
1941 Alvar St.
New Orleans, LA 70117
Tel: 504-214-6630
queenreesie@aol.com
Masquerading as Mardi Gras Indians has been maintained exclusively in the African American communities of New Orleans for more than a century. At the Indian Collective, watch a traditional Mardi Gras Indian dance and music performance. There is also a lecture and discussion on the demonstration and a multi-media presentation.

MCDONOGH 35 HIGH SCHOOL
Ms. Veronica Downs-Dorsey
Music Director
1331 Kelerec Street
New Orleans, La. 70116
Tel: 504-324-7600 or 504-324-7615
Cell 504-259-3883
veronica_downs-dorsey@nops.k12.la.us
Available for music exchange programs.

NEW ORLEANS CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS (NOCCA)
2800 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
Tel: 504-940-2787
Fax: 504-940-2859
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, and creative writing. Call for information or visit our website.

NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART
1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park
New Orleans, LA 70124
Tel: 504-658-4100
Fax: 504-658-4199
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, art classes. Call for more info.

NEW ORLEANS ARTWORKS AT THE NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF GLASSWORKS AND PRINTMAKING STUDIO
727 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-529-7279
neworleansglassworks@gmail.com
Free daily demonstrations in glassblowing offered. Also, two-hour walk-in short courses offer hands-on education in glassblowing, scientific torch-working, printmaking, paper engineering, and hand-casting.

NEW ORLEANS OPERA ASSOCIATION
Ms. Carol Rausch
1010 Commons St. Suite 1820
New Orleans, LA 70112
Tel: 504-529-2278 ex. 222
Fax: 504-529-7668
crausch@neworleansopera.org
www.neworleansopera.org
"Preview Performances." Student groups are invited to attend the final dress rehearsals of New Orleans Opera productions free of charge! Choose one or all four of the events, which are at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts. The 2010-11 season features The Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess", Mozart's "The Magic Flute", Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers", and Verdi's "Il Trovatore".

OAK ALLEY PLANTATION
Debra Mayhew
3645 Highway 18
Vacherie, LA 70090
Tel: 225-265-2152
Fax: 225-265-7035
www.oakalleyplantation.com
dmayhew@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, when the trees were planted.

OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART
Ms. Kate Barron
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: 504-539-9608
Fax: 504-539-9602
kbarron@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.

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFÉ
Ms. Kathy Edegran
1204 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Tel: 504-525-0200
Fax: 504-523-2629
kathyedegran@earthlink.net
www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com
Students can meet with one or two traditional jazz musicians for a lecture/discussion on jazz, and then can enjoy dinner and some wonderful live jazz music.

PRESERVATION HALL
Ms. Debbie Guidry
726 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Tel: 504-522-2841
Fax: 504-558-9192
Debbie@preservationhall.com
www.preservationhall.com
Students can attend a private concert with historical and musical education in historical Preservation Hall.

RIVERTOWN MUSEUMS
415 Williams Blvd.
Kenner, LA 70062
Tel: 504-468-7231
Fax: 504-471-2159
touristinfo@kenner.la.us
Rivertown in Kenner, Louisiana (near the airport) boasts a wide array of museums and shops, and they offer a field trip program that can encompass all or part of the attractions located there. Many exciting programs and workshops can be included to make your class trip an enjoyable as well as an educational one. Museums: Mardi Gras Museum, Science Center, Space Station Kenner, Cannes Brulee Native American Museum, Louisiana Toy Train Museum, the Children's Castle, and the Kenner Planetarium & MegaDome Cinema.

TULANE UNIVERSITY
Mr. Leonard Raybon
Director of Choirs/Voice Instruction
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Tel: 504-865-5267
Call for opportunities.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
Mr. Steve Masakowski
Chair, Department of Music
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
Tel: 504-280-5438
Fax: 504-280-3189
smasakow@uno.edu
Seminars/Workshops. Concerts to attend. Call for opportunities.