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Creative Council

Creative Council is a creative industry mentoring and portfolio program for young people in New Orleans interested in building careers in photography, filmmaking, fashion and design.

 

Creative Council is a selective group of young people interested in careers in creative arts and digital media, with a focus on music, photography, videography, fashion and design. Creative Council is designed to connect students with real career and college planning resources towards building a creative career, connecting them with professional mentors and developing in-depth portfolios of creative work that will launch them towards college and career.

 

Led by award-winning professional photographer Akasha Rabut, Creative Council combines weekly workshops and office hours with intensive, discipline-specific workshops in music, photography, fashion, design, filmmaking and more, taught by industry professionals from around the country. Creative Council workshops will be held at NOVAC, in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans.

Creative Council participants will make a commitment to the workshops and office hours, to ensure consistent participation. Participation for 2018-2019 begins in February and will be limited to 15 students, who will be admitted based on their interests and commitment to the program, not on previous experience.

Students who participate in the program will receive a stipend of $50 per workshop, which will be cumulative over the program and distributed to them as a grant upon graduation, to support their career and college planning. Students who participate in the program for three years could earn as much as $1,500 towards laptops, equipment, tuition or living expenses.

APPLY FOR Creative Council 2018-2019 HERE

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High School Career Tech Programs

NOVAC is a Louisiana Department of Education certified provider of Career and Technical Education programs through the Jump Start program, training high school students in Digital Media pathway courses. This means we offer Carnegie-Unit high school classes in Graphic Design with Adobe Photoshop, Visual Storytelling with Adobe Premiere, and Independent Design Studio, for students seeking expert certification. We currently offer these courses at local high schools in partnership with those schools, so are not taking independent student applications.

If you are interested in bringing a NOVAC Born Digital CTE program to your school, or you have a student that is interested in the program, please contact Julia Berghammer for more information at julia@novacvideo.org.

Currently we partner with three schools in the Greater New Orleans Area, Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School (Tremé), GW Carver Collegiate Academy (Gentilly), and Fisher High School (Lafitte, LA). We look to expand our program to include additional New Orleans schools and Baton Rouge sites in 2018-2019. Interested in partnering? Contact ED Darcy McKinnon at darcy@novacvideo.org.

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2018 Summer Camps & Workshops

NOVAC’s summer camps and workshops give kids throughout Southeastern LA the opportunity to try out video storytelling, and learn from working filmmakers in a fun, hands-on environment. Our past programs have included weekend and school-year workshops at NOVAC as well as partnerships with Big Class, the Ogden Museum and more.

 

SUMMER 2018 in NEW ORLEANS, BATON ROUGE, and JEFFERSON PARISH:

NOVAC and the New Orleans, East Baton Rouge, and Jefferson Parish Libraries are hosting FREE teen video camps at local libraries this summer. Students will learn the basics of video production, including design, storyboarding, production, post-production, effects and more, through the hands-on process of creating a video, under the guidance of an experienced local filmmaker.

 

EAST BATON ROUGE:

Scotlandville Branch Library: June 4-8, 11am-2pm

Jones Creek Branch Library: June 4-8, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Main Library: June 11-15, 10am-1pm

Central Branch Library: June 11-15, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Greenwell Springs Branch Library: June 18-22, 2pm-5pm

Zachary Branch Library: June 18-22, 2pm-5pm

Baker Branch Library: June 25-29, 10am-1pm

Bluebonnet Branch Library: June 25-29, 2pm-5pm

Delmont Gardens Branch Library: July 9-13, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Carver Branch Library: July 9-13, 2pm-5pm

Registration opens May 1, 2018. Call (225) 231-3770 or visit your library to register.

 

DESTREHAN:

Destrehan Library: July 9-13, 3 hours per day, time TBD

 

NEW ORLEANS:

TBD

 

JEFFERSON:

TBD

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Music Video Production Launch @ Retroperspective

Join us on February 4th at 12pm at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N Rampart St. New Orleans) for the official launch of the 2017 Music Video Production Project. This will be a one-hour info session, free and open to the public, where you can learn all about the class, what we’ve done in the past and what we will be producing this year!

Thanks to the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, this is the third year in a row we are able to offer free music videos to a variety of local musicians, as we pair talented filmmakers and eager students in the A-Z process of making a top quality creative product.

If you’re ready to dive in, you can reserve your spot today!

TICKETS

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Internships (Ages 16-24)

Want to know more about working in creative digital media? The challenge with working in creative fields is that there’s just so many of them, and they overlap and interact. NOVAC internships give young people hands on experience in a variety of CDM fields, from videography and editing to photography, motion graphics, design, video archiving and general workplace knowledge. NOVAC offers internships to young people from a variety of backgrounds, ages 16-24, and can customize the internship to meet each person’s need while supporting NOVAC’s work. In the past five years, NOVAC has hosted over 30 interns, from YouthForce NOLA, IWES’ Kellogg Cool program, Tulane, UNO, Loyola, LSU, Southern, Brandeis, Columbia, Howard, and more.

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YES! for NOLA Libraries

NOVAC and Breathe Video Nation partnered to help the Yes! for NOLA Libraries campaign express how important libraries are to a thriving community, in advance of a millage vote.

 

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Louisiana District Judges Association

NOVAC: Baton Rouge partnered with local filmmaker Teddy Smith to create a series of videos for the Louisiana District Judges Association, designed to help self-represented litigants be prepared for and navigate representing themselves in court.

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IMPACT 100, Greater New Orleans Foundation

NOVAC and Breathe Video Nation partnered with the Greater New Orleans Foundation to help three local organizations, the New Orleans Women’s Shelter, NAMI New Orleans and Eden House to create video pitches highlighting their work, as part of the IMPACT 100 Giving Circle. The NOWS video featured above was part of the pitch that helped secure the organization’s $100,000 grant from IMPACT 100.

 

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International School of Louisiana

NOVAC, filmmaker Ben Long and sound designer Ian Painter collaborated with the International School of Louisiana to create 12 videos in 3 languages designed to connect incoming teachers from around the world with the practices and ethos of working at ISL. Big kudos to Ben Long for editing in three languages, only one of which does he speak!

 

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Collegiate Academies

NOVAC partnered with the Greenhouse Collective and the students of Collegiate Academies to help them explain, in their own words, some of the unique cultural practices at their schools.  Working to both capture the daily life experience on campus and replicate Collegiate’s unique branding style, we created a set of videos that Collegiate used in press releases, newsletters, on their web sites and on social media.

 

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