Youth Workshops

Improv Nola

In partnership with The Louisiana Children’s Museum, the conference presented interactive improv workshops for youth aged 7-10 years old. Designed to engage younger audiences, the workshops served as improv entry points in foodways, urban design, and a special music workshop led by the musicians of Preservation Hall. Sessions were free with museum admission. Please Note: Due to space constraints, sessions were specifically designed for children only. All children who enter the museum must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying parents who are not museum members are required to pay for Museum admission.

Improvising the Food We Eat:

Ice Cream!

Rising Above The Recipe was designed to take young aspiring cooks, chefs, and all-around snack experts through a frozen custard adventure. Young chefs started by tasting and describing some of the ingredients used in creating a rich yet simple custard. They then took part in an informative and hands-on step-by-step process to create a French vanilla custard base, before being presented with a few locally grown ingredients to take their creations to the next level. The budding chefs were provided with ingredients such as: turmeric, ginger, and elderberry in order to transform the recipe into something that is both personal and connected to the growing world of New Orleans. Students were able to take their frozen custard base home to finish the churning process and walked away with a pint of frozen custard from The 7th Ward Ice Cream Speakeasy. Led by Rahn Broady, Lead Garden Educator at the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans and Owner, The 7th Ward Ice Cream Speakeasy.

Where Children Live: Urban Design

Participants took the shape of the city into their own hands! Utilizing the museum’s MAKE YOUR MARK installation, children learned basic design principles, architecture, and urban planning, engaging with hands-on activities designed to stimulate children’s awareness of the form and function of their immediate surroundings, encouraging them to think about how it works and feels, and what makes a good place to live. Facilitated by Jose Cotto, Collaborative Design Project Manager, Tulane School of Architecture’s Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, and Sonya Robinson, Managing Director, Artist Corps New Orleans.

Improv & Traditional Jazz

A fun and high-spirited musical adventure focused on Brass Band and Traditional New Orleans Jazz, this workshop engaged children through listening and communication through sound. Participants had an opportunity for a Q&A session with members of the Preservation Hall Collective. Led by musicians of the world-famous Preservation Hall Foundation.