I’m not certain, but it seems to me there is a dearth of summer camps and similar activities for youth in New Orleans as the school year draws to a close. The Urban League is providing a summer camp at Xy’s school, but that’s across the river in Algiers.
That’s why Xavier University’s “Mardi Gras Indian Arts Summer School” caught my eye. It sounds like a fascinating program. Kids ages 11-14 will make their own Mardi Gras Indian Costume and learn about the tradition. Applications are due on May 28.
Xy and I don’t have a child, but I’m sharing this information with our neighbors. At $50 the program seems affordable considering it lasts two months. But that still might be a stretch for some of my neighbors, so we may provide our own little North Salcedo Street scholarship fund.
More information and application forms are available on Xavier’s website.