The Music Box Village is created and built by New Orleans Airlift, a nonprofit arts organization, as one of a range of large-scale community art projects.
When coming to The Music Box Village:
– Parking is very limited and reserved for handicapped, elderly and special needs.
Please bike or cab if possible.
– Dogs are not allowed.
– Seating is limited, bring picnic blankets or your own seating.
– The venue is outdoors and unpaved, please dress accordingly.
CHILDREN: The Music Box Village is a one-of-a-kind, artist-built sculpture garden. We require a minimum of one adult per three children due to safety concerns.
While we welcome exploration and play, children must be supervised at all times due to the delicate nature of our instruments. The Music Box Village is not intended as a playground. Entry is at your own risk.
TICKETING: Online tickets are Will Call. There are no paper or e-tickets issued. Check in at the Will Call window on arrival, or print your confirmation email and show it with your ID at the back entry gate. Online ticketing closes at midnight, the night before each show.
If you have trouble with our ticketing site, try a different browser or card.
Tickets are generally available at our Box Office as well, 30 minutes before doors open. We accept cash and credit card.
WE OFFER: a bar with wine, beer and cocktails which helps support New Orleans Airlift. On show nights our friends at Congreso Cubano bring affordable delicious food!
What is The Music Box ?
The Music Box is a place where play, imagination, experimentation, collaboration, community and hard work come together as artist-made, interactive “musical houses.” The Music Box is inspired by the unique musical and architectural culture of our home city of New Orleans.
The project pushes artistic boundaries, but more importantly it brings together people of all stripes for a heartwarming, creative experience that has equal appeal for a musical giant such as Thurston Moore or a gaggle of 5-year-olds.
Our permanent site opened in October 2016 with a dozen already-completed musical houses, in the Bywater, just a few blocks from where the project originated. Over time, The Music Box Village will become a landmark cultural destination, and a place to grow up for this city’s children.
The project is the evolving brainchild of our nonprofit arts organization New Orleans Airlift. Begun in 2011 by local artists Delaney Martin, Taylor Shepherd, Jay Pennington and visiting artist Swoon, the project has grown mightily through the hard work and idiosyncratic vision of hundreds more collaborators, in a series of national and international locations.
Many of you have been with us along this journey for the past five years, since our original Music Box project featuring 25 artists and another 50 performing musicians. Since then, we have worked with amazing inventors, architects, youth participants and many more voices for this radically collaborative project. The project has visited other cities in the U.S. such as Tampa and Shreveport, and even gone to Kiev, Ukraine.
Most recently, in 2015, we presented The Music Box: Roving Village in a six-week installation in City Park, which attracted over ten thousand visitors and featured Wilco, Solange Knowles, William Parker, Arto Lindsay, Preservation Hall, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Tank & the Bangas and more of our favorite musicians, both locally and internationally acclaimed.
We present Spring and Fall seasons of programming that bring national and local performers to a week-long residency, to create new experimental music together. We also offer field trips for Education, pop-up shows for touring artists, Public Hours for play and exploration, private event rental, and arts fabrication in our Atelier workshop.
Who we are:
New Orleans Airlift is the leading creator and exhibitor of out-in-the-streets public art in New Orleans. We have been creating connections, performances and opportunities with our large-scale spectacles since 2007. We established the Airlift to highlight our city’s underground art, and under-the-radar artists. We work with our dynamic street culture, folk masters and a growing contemporary arts scene to create exhibitions, workshops, festivals, and performances in New Orleans and beyond. New Orleans is the last great bastion of living folk culture in the United States. Our projects honor these traditions alongside innovation, leading our artists, culture and communities in meaningful new directions.
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