This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Art4Moore Foundation, and the Sewing Machine Project.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Them Bones

Filmmaker Royce Osborn took time out today from his role as our documentarian to lead the students in several activities related to New Orleans' skull and bone gangs, another local Black Carnival tradition. Royce has masked for several years now with a neighborhood bone gang.

First, the students were treated to a surprise visit and performance by two skeletons, after which they were able to try on the skeleton costumes. Next, they worked individually to create designs for bone gang aprons. Finally, they worked collaboratively to create the same type of papier mache skull worn by members of the bone gangs. The skull is still drying and will be painted tomorrow. More to come.

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