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.