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Creative Assembly

Community Engagement Through Collaboration

What Is Creative Assembly?

NOMA Creative Assembly seeks to give renewed expression to the diverse voices embodied in New Orleans’ various neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are places that give birth and places where the honored dead remain present. They invite belonging, whether for a day or for many generations. Gathered between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, our neighborhoods are spaces where cultures flow from across continents and oceans to flourish. They are landscapes where nature takes on countless culinary, linguistic, ancestral, and sacred forms. Neighborhoods allow us to share our anguish and ask us to offer a voice for those who have suffered in the silences of injustice and ignorance. Through music, dance, images, and stories, we hope to create a space of belonging where people can see reflections of their own neighborhoods and find themselves at home.

Creative Assembly at a Glance

Creative Assembly Cohort

New Orleans is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, and its layers of culture can be experienced in an endless number of ways. As the largest museum in the region, the New Orleans Museum of Art has a singular opportunity to serve as a nexus and forum for New Orleans’ vast cultural production. The Creative Assembly Cohort is a multidisciplinary group of New Orleans-based creators who immerse themselves within the museum’s collection and use the institution as a catalyst for their own work and creativity.

The disciplines of cohort members vary, but range from musicians, dancers, and poets to mixologists, activists, and educators. Cohort members use the museum as a space for inspiration and collaboration and work with the museum and its staff to develop and implement programs that speak to a diversity of perspectives.

[Left: The 2021–2022 Creative Assembly Cohort in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, November 2021]

Partner Workshops

NOMA staff and teaching artists work in partnership with community-based organizations to collaborate on a series of scaffolded workshops/experiences that explore creativity and the arts. The museum partners annually with five or more organizations or sites to facilitate these multi-session workshops.

Previous partner workshops have taken place in collaboration with Travis Hill School, New Orleans Public Library, Youth Empowerment Project, Covenant House, New Harmony High School, Warren Easton High School, and Grace King High School.

The New Orleans Museum of Art Announces the 2023–24 Creative Assembly Cohort

Today, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) announced the eight New Orleans-based artists who will participate in the institution’s Creative Assembly residency for the 2023–24 year. NOMA’s Creative Assembly initiative fosters community engagement by inviting artists of all disciplines for year-long collaborations with the museum’s permanent collection, special exhibitions, and programs.
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The 2021–22 Creative Assembly Cohort

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Ashtin Berry

Ashtin Berry

Activist, Sommelier, Bartender

MEET ASHTIN

Steve Lands

Steve Lands

Trumpeter, Musician

MEET STEVE

Kathleen Currie

Kathleen Currie

Perfumer, Herbalist, Breathwork Teacher

MEET KATHLEEN

Franky Canga

Franky Canga

Performance Artist, Dancer

MEET FRANKY

People Museum

People Museum

Pop-Art and Electronic Band

MEET PEOPLE MUSEUM

Courtney Clark

Courtney Clark

Artist, Food Justice Organizer

MEET COURTNEY

Tiana Nobile

Tiana Nobile

Poet, Writer, Educator

MEET TIANA

Joseph Darensbourg

Joseph Darensbourg

Singer, Violinist, Bookbinder

MEET JOSEPH

Edward Spots

Edward Spots

Dancer, Choreographer

MEET EDWARD

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