The New Orleans Master Crafts Guild is reviving centuries-old apprenticeship training in the building trades. We are training new generations of highly-skilled master craftsmen who will be required to build and maintain the distinct architectural landscape of New Orleans.
The training consists of an intensive two to four week classroom training led by practitioners that results in basic construction industry-based certifications.
The basic training is followed by apprenticeship placements with a skilled craftsmen based on demonstrated interest and skills. Each participant will work full-time as an apprentice to a local skilled craftsman for at least six months. Program participants who successfully complete the six-month apprenticeship program will have the opportunity to continue for another six months and advance into assistantship positions.
MASTERCRAFTSMEN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
The New Orleans Master Crafts Guild assists master craftsmen, who typically work as independent contractors to successfully navigate the administrative and structural challenges in the restoration and construction economy and grow their businesses. This is done through a suite of business development and marketing services for NOMCG members.
The New Orleans Master Crafts Guild develops cultural engagement activities to raise the profile of its members, and to increase community understanding, appreciation and demand for their building arts skills and products.
Cultural engagement activities at the Seventh Ward Community Center and across the community include: exhibits, oral histories, demonstrations, workshops, tours, presentations and symposia.
The New Orleans Master Crafts Guild is collaborating with New Orleans Airlift to build a Music House that will become part of an evolving musical village.
Dithyrambalina is a New Orleans Airlift project initiated by artist, curator and Airlift Director Delaney Martin, the Brooklyn-based artist visual Swoon, and New Orleans-based sound artist Taylor Lee Shepherd to create musical, playable architecture. See: http://www.dithyrambalina.com/