At our activities, Bead Town teaches children, students, adults and seniors to create original artworks from mostly recycled Mardi Gras beads or other found objects. The workshops create artworks that will travel with Bead Town to promote the cities where the artworks have been created. Or, at Masks, Frame or Martini Glass making events you take your own artwork home. What remains is a greater sense of civic pride and a new acquired skill. We have succesfully executed Bead Town programs at:

♦ Bead Town Exhibits

♦ Environmental Conventions about Recycling and Upcycling

♦ Schools and Career Centers

♦ Tourism Conventions and High Traffic Tourist Locations

♦ Community Building for After School Programs

♦ Self Worth Development/Side by Side Mentorship at each location

♦ Fostering a Global Community at each location

PAST EXHIBITS

Our Initiatives & Accomplishments

05/2010
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Canada
08/30 - 11/04/12
Bead Town: Winnsboro, LA *
11/08 - 12/16/12
Bead Town: Ruston, LA *
01/03 - 02/13/13
Bead Town: New Orleans, LA
Background & activity for 2013
Super Bowl Media Party
02/22 – 04/17/13
Bead Town: Slidell, LA *
04/12 – 04/17/13
Main Street USA Conf. New Orleans, LA
04/27 – 06/16/13
Bead Town: Denham Springs, LA *
06/21 – 09/22/13
Bead Town: Natchitoches, LA*
12/04/13
'Une Rue Principale en Louisane'
Guinness World Records' Title
Unveiling & Certification
Natchitoches, LA
10/22 – 10/24/14
GREENBUILD, EXPO New Orleans, LA Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
01/06 – 03/04/14
Bead Town: Northwest Indiana
Gary, Valparaiso, & Crown Point, IN
11/08 – 05/03/15
Bead Town: Mobile, AL
The Art of Mardi Gras Exhibit
Mobile Museum of Art – 50th Anniversary
05/30 – 06/03/15
IPW Orlando, FL
Largest Travel Convention & Exposition in the World
30 ft Artwork used for New Orleans Convention and Tourism Bureau
06/06 – 05/30/17
Bead Town: Gary, Indiana
In partnership with School Corporation & Legacy Foundation
05/06 – 05/29/16
‘HOME’ The Gary, IN Exhibit
Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
07/18 – 07/22/16
IPW New Orleans, LA
Largest Travel Convention & Exposition in the World
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
05/15/2017
'Life in the French Quarter'
Guinness World Records' Title
Unveiling & Certification
Career Center - Gary, IN
* Previous Visitor Attendance Record broken

Exhibits - Workshops - Special Events Business & Tourism Development

The Exhibits of Bead Town

♦ 'Taste of Louisiana 2011'

On dispaly at Rudolph Matas Elementary School, Metarie, LA

12 pieces 4’ (H) x 4’ (W) created with the students of Rudolph Matas Elementary School of Metairie, LA, featuring culinary highlights from Louisiana


♦ 'Louisiana: Pick Your Passion 2012'

8 pieces 4’ (H) x 6’ (W) created with the Andrew Wilson Charter School of New Orleans, LA featuring iconic locations of Louisiana


♦ 'Louisiana Book Gardens 2013'

4 Little Free Libraries created by the Audubon Charter School featuring large birdhouses shaped libraries that will invite people to “Take a Book - Return a Book” and develop a culture of learning in their communities

Accomplishments

♦ Bead Town’s LivingSocial Mask & Frame making workshops were among the highest rated events in the nation (Area: Satisfaction)

♦ The participation of the Little Libraries Project to Bead Town has drawn attention to the founding company, and traveling beaded libraries will continue to act as emissaries

♦ Merchandise such as printed calendars sold-out and generated funds for school projects and trust funds

♦ Global Media Exposure: Exposure and Awareness in Europe, Asia, South America and North America

♦ Increased customer traffic to participating organizations, galleries, restaurants and businesses

♦ Bead Town artworks raised $15k for Tipitina’s Foundation and $13k through the Super Service Challenge for the Andrew Wilson Charter School ($5k), St. Michael Special School ($3k), The Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy ($2k), St. Paul's Homecoming Center ($2k) and The Arc of Greater New Orleans ($1k), Northwestern State University Natchitoches ($10k) Scholarship Legacy

♦ Bead Town students earned thousands of dollars thru the sale of artworks they made