Creative Council is a new program launching 2016-2017 as part of NOVAC’s Born Digital youth programs.
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 photographer Akasha Rabut and filmmaker Garrett Bradley, Creative Council will combine weekly workshop 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 will be limited to 7 students, grades 10-12, in our pilot year, and attendance will be a condition of continued participation in the program.
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.