Young Artists - Our City, Our Culture, Our Heritage
We work with artists, filmmakers, and other creative industry professionals to design workshops and curriculum that emphasize our unique art and culture of New Orleans. Our mission is to inspire and guide NOLA children to use a structured creative process to think outside the box while using mixed media and nontraditional creative art forms to express their imagination. Children learn creative expression skills using a variety of visual and performing arts - past workshops have included painting, parading, puppetry, theater, film, YouTube, and bookmaking.
Last year 36 low income students received financial aid scholarships. We strive to teach all young artists regardless of age, ability to pay, or disability. Giving back to the community is another core value for ArtCamp504, which has lead us to expand our community outreach programs for 2018. We encourage our students to participate in the community and take up causes that are important to them. Last December we organized a Toy Drive for children in Puerto Rico.
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Sam Bass: Sam is a former educator and now works in the New Orleans film industry. She is a member of the Local 478 film union and works throughout the year in set dec. She also works as an installation artist and has received several art grants to bring her work to festivals in Louisiana and Miami. After spending a few years working in the Orleans Parish public school system, Sam developed a vision to bring the creative and mixed media arts to the children of NOLA. She was discouraged by the arts programs & lack of support offered by Orleans Parish public schools, leading her to strike out on her own and found ArtCamp504 in 2015. Her favorite time of the year is Mardi Gras - she is a member of Krewe de Lune and works on the Krewe's design team for the annual Space Ball. She recently founded a new krewe called "Krewe Ella de Vil" which premiered at Barkus 2018. Sam uses her background as an artist and educator to expand the scope & reach of community events, growing ArtCamp504 into what it is today.
Lead Teaching Artists:
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Cooperative Marketing & Sponsorship Coordinator:
Michelle Timberlake: Michelle likes to think of herself as Seamstress & Costume extraordinaire. Any day of the week, Michelle's SUV is full of art supplies like a mobile Arts & Crafts station. Whether its crafting with her 5 year old or the kids at camp, she applies her creative talents towards helping the kids turn their artistic imagination & vision into reality. As Krewe Captain for Krewe of Ingress she has created unique swag & organized numerous fundraisers over the last several years, with previous experience fund-raising for Boy Scout Troop 48 & a local youth group. Michelle's background and true talent lies in business & finance. Since her daughter started preschool this year, we are so lucky she signed on full time to hunt down sponsorship & donations, with her help we have expanded our community outreach programs. Michelle started out as a Underwriter/Manager for Countrywide & then moved to Property Management with 1st Lake Properties. Throughout her business career she piloted many Creative & Cooperative Marketing programs. After expanding her network & contacts during her management career she started her own small property management firm in 2005.