XULA Art Department

Mardi Gras Indian Arts Program

Launched in 2007, the Mardi Gras Indian Arts is an eight-week full immersion experience for youth ages 11-14 in the Greater New Orleans area focused on Mardi Gras Indian art and culture. During hands-on sessions with the city's leading bearers of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition, students learn about Indian suit design and how to sew in both the "Uptown" and "Downtown" styles. Lectures, film and video screenings, and conversations with guest speakers round out the curriculum and help students understand the rich costume and parade traditions of Mardi Gras Indians, including Native American, African, and Caribbean influences.

A natural outgrowth of CAP’s ten-year partnership with artists and educators Big Chief Walter Landry and Big Chief Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indians. Recognizing that neighborhood-based art forms like the Mardi Gras Indians are the soul of our city, we are committed over the long-term to helping perpetuate the tradition from one generation to the next.

2016 Program Information

LEARN THE BASICS OF MARDI GRAS INDIAN COSTUME DESIGN: During hands-on sessions, students will learn how to imagine, design, and create a Mardi Gras Indian costume from start to finish.

MOVE BEYOND DESIGN: Lectures, video screenings, and conversations with guest speakers will help students understand the rich costume and parade traditions of Mardi Gras Indians, including Native American and African-Caribbean influences.

  • The Summer Program is open to youth ages 11-14. Presently recruiting participants for the Summer Mardi Gras Indian Arts Program.
    Location: The Art Village of Xavier University, 3520 Pine St.
    Schedule: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Applications and Admission Requirements available via www.xula.edu
Xavier University Summer Programs

The Mardi Gras Indian Summer Camp Artwork will be on display at the Art Village Gallery,
3520 Pine Street, Bldg. 39 at the end of each summer session.

The Department of Art

504-520-7556

1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA 70125

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The Art Village

John T. Scott Sculpture Garden

3520 Pine Street, New Orleans, LA 70125

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