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New Orleans 2019

cooperative May 17 - 18

Public Event may 21

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The Culture Lab Cooperative (CLC) is launching in New Orleans, where culture, music, creativity and celebration provide the inspiration for the future of community-centered museums.

 

Presenting Partners

Welcome to

new orleans

 

There’s no better way to explore the future of museums as hubs for community-centered empowerment than through the lens of New Orleans, as culturally rich and complex as any in America. This weekend-long deep dive will bring cultural practitioners together from New Orleans and around the world to design an equitable and sustainable future of museums.

Events

Retreat

May 17-18

Design-centered peer learning about equitable and community-centered museums through an immersive experience.

Public event

May 21

Premiere of a new musical art exhibition at Music Box Village presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

 
 
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Retreat

equity by design

 

The Culture Lab Cooperative (May 17-18) is a 1.5 day immersive exchange with a carefully-selected cohort of local and national curators, education specialists, administrators, and other museums practitioners. The CLC begins with intimate site visits led by New Orleans-based non-profit Shift, where participants will learn about the complex and evolving history of the city through the perspectives of artists, community organizers, and cultural practitioners. Through these conversations and design workshops, the retreat will cultivate tangible, applicable methods of community-centered museums practice. Participants will also get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s philosophy behind Culture Labs has helped institute innovative, socially-engaged museum programs nationwide.

 
 

Some testimonies from other Shift-led events in New Orleans…

“I came away from the symposium with a renewed sense of purpose and confidence for the work we do.”

I said it at the time, but I feel like you changed my life a little bit on the tour, and I 110% believe every museum professional should do the tour you gave us.”

“I loved how community stories permeated every aspect of the two days and how you made the city of New Orleans a central character in the meeting.”

“These type of gatherings rarely prove worth the time away from under-resourced work at our home organizations, however this was the exception due to the deliberative care SHIFT took in putting this event together.”

“Thank you to you and all your New Orleans ‎friends/community builders/cultural torch bearers for their warm hospitality and unforgettable stories. The day flew by and I will carry the memory and spirit of it with me always.”

 

Schedule

Intro - Fri May 17

Meet and greet

Dinner

Special Event

immersive - Sat May 18

Breakfast

Tour

Lunch

Workshop

Dinner

Evening Event

 

Details

Cost: $250

Cost includes program, cocktail hour, dinners, and lunch. Lodging costs are not included.

The retreat has very limited availability. Please fill out this short application to be considered. Financial support is limited, but can be requested in the application.

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Elevator pitch

at The Music Box Village

On May 21, 2019, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center will debut Elevator Pitch, a new musical art installation in New Orleans, Louisiana. A collaboration between renowned artists New Orleans Airlift, Christine Sun Kim, and Rick Snow, Elevator Pitch will join the beloved Music Box Village’s campus of “musical houses” in New Orleans, as an interactive sound structure that explores how music can be created and experienced by Deaf and hearing communities together.

New Orleans Airlift is an acclaimed artist-driven organization whose mission is to collaborate to inspire wonder, connect communities, and foster opportunities through the creation of experimental public artworks. They are widely known for their works of musical architecture, borne out of the region's rich musical landscape. Their flagship project, the Music Box Village, has become a signature site in New Orleans since its founding in 2011, and has recently staged collaborations with musicians including Tank and the Bangas, Animal Collective, and Sun Ra’s Arkestra.

Christine Sun Kim is a celebrated artist whose work exposes how sound is experienced beyond hearing. Her multidisciplinary approach includes illustrations, musical notations, and movement that often pays regard to American Sign Language (ASL) to demonstrate various methods of deepening our appreciation of our aural environments. The collaboration will mark Airlift’s first music house dedicated to Deaf audiences, and Kim’s New Orleans debut.

Rick Snow is a composer and educator based in New Orleans, Louisiana. His recent work involves sculptural and interactive sound objects that combine live instruments, interactive video, and lighting with sculptural elements. As a composer, he seeks intersections between dimension, expression, metaphor, and process. Rick collaborated with architect Michael Glenboski to create a musical structure: Paths & Sympathetic Resonance for the 2015 Music Box: Roving Village installation in City Park.

This project is a part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Year of Music initiative and is presented with the support of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. It will open in conjunction with the Culture Lab Cooperative, a weekend-long immersive training for community-centered museums practitioners, co-presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and New Orleans-based design charity Shift.

 

Details

Date: May 21

Time: 6-9pm

Cost: Free & all ages, suggested donation at the door, RSVP recommended

Location: Music Box Village, 4557 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117

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Sponsorship

 

Support the Culture lab cooperative in new orleans

The Cultural Lab Cooperative brings together an influential group of catalysts that span the cultural heritage and arts fields.

We have several sponsorship opportunities available and are actively seeking partners. The retreat will be limited to 20 participants. Our sponsors’ generous investment in New Orleans and equity in cultural heritage helps cover the costs of the retreat including attendee meals etc, and support a limited number of local and travel grants for participants. Please contact Jon Voss for more information.

Presenting Sponsors: $10,000 or more

Presenting sponsors have top billing on the website, signage at the public event, exclusive sponsorship of the first night social event. Proceeds support 5 full fellowships with travel.

leadership Sponsors: Minimum $5,000

Presenting sponsors will have prominent visibility on the website, signage at the public event, and will support two full fellowships with travel.

Supporting Sponsors: $2,000

Supporting sponsors will have branding on the website, signage at the public event, and supports one full fellowship with travel.

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Hosts

 

Shift

Shift is a London and New Orleans-based non-profit that designs products and builds experiences to help solve social inequity. Work in the Americas has had a particular focus on cultural heritage, with projects including Historypin, a digital mapping tool used by over 4,000 cultural heritage organizations, and Storybox: story sharing games that bring people one story closer. Shift’s recent convenings in New Orleans include the Cultural Heritage & Social Change Summit, the Library Make ‘n’ Shake, and Architecting Sustainable Futures.

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center introduced the concept of Culture Labs in 2016 to encourage and empower museums and cultural institutions to prioritize community-centered principles of equity, imagination, and sustainability. Its weekend-long Culture Labs include CrossLines in Washington, D.C., CTRL+ALT in New York City, ʻAe Kai in Honolulu, and an upcoming Culture Lab in Tāmaki Auckland in October 2019. Collectively, the SmithsonianAPA Culture Labs have forged collaborations with over 150 artists and organizations, and drawn over 40,000 visitors. In 2018, SmithsonianAPA published the Culture Lab Playbook, a resource for equitably-minded cultural production that has since been put to practice by dozens of museums, schools, and cultural institutions.

New Orleans Airlift

New Orleans Airlift is an acclaimed artist-driven organization whose mission is to collaborate to inspire wonder, connect communities, and foster opportunities through the creation of experimental public artworks. They are widely known for their works of musical architecture, borne out of the region's rich musical landscape. Their flagship project, the Music Box Village, has become a signature site in New Orleans since its founding in 2011, and has recently staged collaborations with musicians including Tank and the Bangas, Animal Collective, and Sun Ra’s Arkestra.