Off-Site Experiences - Pre-registration required
New Orleans Musicians Clinic
Thursday, 9/15: 4:30-6:30 pm
Are you a designer involved with medical care, a designer who loves music or is a musician, or just someone who wants to be part of a unique community experience? Then this is the event for you!
The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (NOMC) in conjunction with WWOZ invites you to experience the unique advantages of collaborative community-based innovation. One of NOMC’s goals is seeking out mutual solutions to vital health issues like hearing loss, the dirtiest of li’l secrets in the music industry.
This innovative workshop brings together the target and care-giving communities along with creative experts to brainstorm and offer possible solutions to the problem of hearing loss among musicians, those who work in the industry and any of us who listen to music. The winning IDSA idea will be developed for presentation to the International Performing Arts Medicine Conference in Aspen mid-July 2013.
Participate or join the audience depending on your interest. All pre-registrants will receive an introductory packet.
The event details:
This is a great opportunity to meet local members of the New Orleans music community and work with fellow designers to address an important problem. So, if you’re interested, please sign up right away since there is limited space and preregistration is required for both participants and audience.
The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic is an affordable and innovative comprehensive health clinic serving the medical and occupational health needs of New Orleans’ adult cultural workers, including musicians, dancers, tradition bearers, Mardi Gras Indians, visual artists, writers, craftsmen, actors and more whether or not they have health insurance. Learn more about NOMC.
Lower Ninth Ward Tours with the Make It Right Foundation
Saturday, 9/17: 1:30-5:30 pm
Tour #1: 2-3 pm
Tour #2: 4-5 pm
Join fellow designers in a tour of the Make it Right community and experience first-hand the great work that is being done to revitalize and rebuild New Orleans!
On Aug. 29, 2005, the Lower 9th Ward was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the surge water caused by the breach of the Industrial Canal. Seeing little progress more than two years later, Brad Pitt formed Make It Right and made a promise to help rebuild the neighborhood by developing at least 150 safe, green and affordable homes for working families who had lost so much.
Tours are complimentary and capacity is limited to 45 people per tour, so reserve your spot early!
Make It Right and some of the world’s most renowned architects have designed and constructed 75 homes in the Lower 9th Ward, establishing new standards for affordable, energy efficient, single-family homes. As the anchor for redevelopment in the Lower 9th Ward, Make It Right’s homes were a catalyst for the rebirth of a neighborhood that is now recognized as “the largest and greenest neighborhood of single family homes in the world” by the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn more about Make it Right.
NOCCA Design Day: Learn-Think-Do
Friday, 9/16: 3:30-6:30 pm
What impact can three short hours of your time make on the designers of tomorrow?
Here’s your opportunity to take part in the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) Design Day: Learn-Think-Do Community Event.
Play a significant role by helping NOCCA introduce design thinking and learning skills to 60 highly talented and creative freshman high school students. These kids will have already been exposed to concepts such as creative thinking, critical thinking and problem-based learning. Your job will be to facilitate an afternoon brainstorming session/s where students will frame a contextual study of their current and future creative teaching and learning spaces.
Since 1973, NOCCA has offered professional arts training, coaching and performance opportunities to high school students who aspire to be creative artists. NOCCA students come from diverse demographic backgrounds and attend this unique school free of charge. Learn more about NOCCA.
Participation is free and registration is limited to 40 participants so pre-register early to ensure your spot!
Special On-Site Events
Musical Performance: Little Freddie King with Introduction by Dr. Ike Padnos, Founder, Ponderosa Stomp Foundation
Wednesday 9/14: 9:15-9:45 pm
Little Freddie King
Little Freddie King patterned his name and playing style after his role model Freddie King, but the man with “Little” in his moniker is an original. Leaving his native Mississippi in the 1950s to move to the music Mecca of New Orleans, King brought the indigenous sound of the Mississippi Delta blues with him. It has stayed with him ever since, as he has continued to hone his raw sound over the decades. This is not prettified or citified blues; this is country blues that could only come out of the South. He recorded an electric blues album in 1969 called Harmonica Williams and Little Freddie King on which one can hear the influences of his cousin, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Texas-born Chicago electric blues giant Freddie King. Blues fans who wanted more of that gritty, authentic sound had to wait 27 years for the 1996 release of Swamp Boogie. The album contains traditional songs like “Kinky Cotton Fields,” “San-Ho-Zay” and Ray Charles’ “What'd I Say?” as well as some great new pieces, like “I Used to Be Down” and “I'm Gonna Haul Right Off and Cry.” King’s 2000 CD release Sing Sang Sung was recorded live at the popular Dream Palace in the Faubourg Marigny, just outside the French Quarter. Find out more about Little Freddie King.
Dr. Ira Padnos
Born in Chicago, Ira “Dr. Ike” Padnos acquired a taste for record collecting and the blues at a young age. As a student at Tulane University, he fell in love with the culture and music of New Orleans. After graduating with a bachelor’s in history, Padnos earned a medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and spent five years as a resident in anesthesia at Loyola University Medical Center and completed a pediatric anesthesia fellowship with Northwestern University’s Children’s Memorial Hospital program. In search of legendary musicians Earl King, Snooks Eaglin and the Mardi Gras Indians, Padnos moved back to New Orleans in 1995, where, for the last 16 years,he has worked as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University’s School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesia. Throughout the years, Padnos’ record collecting habit grew until he began throwing annual backyard parties starring his musical heroes. For his wedding in 2000, he perused his vinyl collection to create a list of all the musicians he had ever wanted to hear perform—and the ensuing 12-hour celebration served as the prototype for the Ponderosa Stomp. Hounded by friends and family for a repeat performance, he co-founded the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau with fellow enthusiast Michael Hurtt, presenting monthly concerts at the Circle Bar. These shows grew into what is today the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation. Ultimately, Padnos conceived the Ponderosa Stomp Concert as an annual festival that would celebrate the truly unsung heroes of rock n’ roll.
Portfolio and Interviewing Seminar: Keys to Developing an Influential Portfolio and Interviewing Strategy
Friday 9/16: 4-6 pm