The New Orleans Museum of Art Invites Local Artists to Apply for 2023–24 Creative Assembly Cohort

Creative Assembly Cohort participant Steve Lands debuted the original composition Rearranging the Planets in NOMA’s Lapis Center for the Arts in February 2022. Photo by Camille Lenain.

The New Orleans Museum of Art Invites Local Artists to Apply for 2023–24 Creative Assembly Cohort
NOMA’s Creative Assembly Residency Connects New Orleans–Based Artists with the Museum’s Collection, Exhibitions, Programs, and Staff

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is inviting New Orleans–based artists to apply to participate in the museum’s Creative Assembly Cohort for the 2023–24 session. Open to local artists working in all disciplines, the residency program connects artists with NOMA’s collection, special exhibitions, programs, and staff to develop neighborhood-based participatory art experiences as vehicles for personal exploration, community collaboration, and social change.

Participating artists will have access to professional development workshops, opportunities for mentorship, and support to produce a public-facing program. Artists may apply to the Creative Assembly Cohort through August 18, 2023, on NOMA’s website:

Projects from artists in the previous Creative Assembly Cohort include the debut of a composition by trumpeter Steve Lands exploring cosmology around the world, an original performance by pop art band People Museum underneath Louise Bourgeois’s iconic Spider in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, in-gallery activations by musician Joseph Darensbourg responding to special exhibitions on view at the museum, and a demonstration by food justice activist Courtney Clark looking at healthier alternatives to classic New Orleans cuisine.

This year’s Creative Assembly Cohort begins September 13, 2023.


About the New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and its Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden are home to innovative exhibitions, installations, educational programs, and research. Exploring human creativity across time, cultures, and disciplines, the global scope of the museum’s initiatives open a vibrant dialogue with the history and culture of New Orleans. The museum stewards a collection of nearly 50,000 works, with exceptional holdings in African art, photography, decorative arts, and Japanese art, as well as strengths in American and French art, and an expanding collection highlighting contemporary artists. The museum’s exhibitions and dynamic learning and engagement offerings serve as a forum for visitors to engage with diverse perspectives, share cultural experiences, and foster a life of learning at all ages. Recent exhibitions include Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club, Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers, The Orléans Collection (an exhibition of forty European masterpieces from the collection of the city’s namesake, Philippe II, Duc d’Orléans), East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth Century America Landscape Photography, Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories (seven contemporary art projects focusing on reimagining stories from the city’s past), and Ancestors of Congo Square: African Art in the New Orleans Museum of Art.


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