Material Institute

The Embassy
//Music Studio

The Embassy is a community of recording artists, musicians, producers, and engineers. We support artists in developing their craft by providing access to a recording studio and focused workshops.

Every year, we host an open call and award selected artists with studio time. These emerging artists work one-on-one with a producer to record their project, attend music business workshops, receive professional portraits, and perform at music showcases.

Applications for the next residency open in March 2021.

Sundays at the studio are reserved for formerly incarcerated / court-system involved artists. These resident artists receive additional support with education, child care, employment and court dates.

Applications for court system involved artists are open. Apply below.

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Material Institute
//Fashion and
Textile Design

Our Fashion and Textile department is is a learning environment, workshop, and community focused on design and manufacture of garments, textiles and fashion. Our program grows out of the incredible, unique and diverse heritage of craft, costuming and fashions of New Orleans and we offer classes in sewing, pattern making, experimental design, illustration, and Mardi Gras Indian beading.

Art and architecture collective, Assemble, were commissioned to initiate our Fashion and Textile department with a pilot phase in 2018. Assemble continues to collaborate with Material Institute as ongoing advisors, connectors and special project leaders.

Applications for our next round of programming are due December 31. Apply here.

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24 Carrot

24 Carrot is the urban food garden at Material Institute campus. The garden provides produce to the campus and community. It is central to our goal of bringing health, well being and sustainability to all our programs.

The Material Institute garden is a sister site to MONA’s 24 Carrot Gardens project in Tasmania.

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