Hometown Heroes Summer Camp 2018

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 Airlift announces its first one-week summer learning experience for ages 8-12, highlighting the diverse and exciting cultural landscape in our hometown of New Orleans. Sign your kids up for this one-of-a-kind experience today!

The program runs from Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13, 2018, from 9AM to 3PM, based at the Shaolin-Do Kung Fu & Tai Chi,  4210 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117.  We offer sliding scale and scholarship registration!!

Hometown Heroes connects children to the life experiences of musicians, fisherman, culture bearers, and folks who make our community special, such as The 504 Boyz Horse riding club, who will lead a field trip at their stable including a horse-riding session!



Full price tuition is $150 per child and includes cost of field trips and daily healthy snacks and lunch.

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We offer need-based financial aid and scholarships to eligible families. Parents who seek to qualify for subsidized or free tuition should contact to find out more!

Week at a Glance Description: Subject to Update

Monday, July 9th – Flying Into Your Vision-Creating
Music Box Village/Levee  

Students will get oriented and learn about the mission and passion projects of New Orleans Airlift, and develop a vision board kite exploring the dreams they have for their lives. Teaching artists will take students to the levee near the Music Box Village to fly kites, symbolizing soaring towards one’s destiny.

Tuesday, July 10th – Art on Wheelz
Twon @ Shaolin Do Kung Fu and Tai Chi

Students will meet Twon, the leader of LA Whipz. This hardworking New Orleanian will introduce students to his artistic process of bringing old cars back to life with custom upholstery and more. Students will be able to see revived cars and develop their own design and vision for a dream car.

Wednesday, July 11th- Exploring the Coasts
New Orleans is surrounded by water! Students will meet brave fishermen who spend their lives on the water, learn the workings and take a ride on a shrimp boat on Lake Pontchartrain, and see firsthand where our seafood comes from.

Thursday, July 12th – Arts as Advocacy & Communication
New Orleans Community Printshop

Students will learn how the arts have been used to advocate for change in communities. They will reflect on social justice issues that exist in New Orleans and clarify an issue they want to affect. Working with artists in the New Orleans Community Printshop, students will develop posters that inspire critical thinking about a chosen social issue. New Orleans Community Printshop is a collectively-run nonprofit community art space specializing in printmaking and photography in the 9th Ward.

Artist Talk: Tarriona “Tank” Ball

Friday, July 13th- Horse Riding Club

Students will meet the 504 Boyz, an African-American horse riding club that adds pageantry to the streets of New Orleans. They will learn what it takes to care for and nurture these animals, and get the experience of riding a horse.

Explore the Music Box Village

Our school site visit programs explore people’s differences, similarities and hidden connections through multicultural art, fostering meaningful connections to creative collaborations across communities in New Orleans and beyond.

Early Childhood Enrichment:
Pre-K – 1st grade

– Our hands-on early childhood field trip program encourages moments of wonder and possibility, through discovery-oriented playful learning opportunities in our immersive and one-of-a-kind space.

Creative Process / Art-Focused:
1st grade – 12th grade

– Led by teaching artists, our education experiences encourage close looking, personal connection, and collaborative meaning-making through music, writing, drawing, design, performance, fabrication skills, and other disciplines.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) -Focused:
5th grade – 12th grade

– Lead by our established fabrication staff, our STEAM field trips examine the engineering aspects of our unique musical houses to explore the intersection of art and science.

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We accommodate all age groups and abilities. Each field trip class will complete a survey linked to 21st Century Skills Learning and Innovation Skills. For partnership and program queries, email