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New Orleans: 300 years of unique culture!

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New Orleans is known for its centuries of stories, celebrations and one-of-a-kind culture, making it the perfect canvas for the colorful and rich learning at the ISTE Creative Constructor Lab (CCL).

CCL 2019 will be held at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) — a regional, preprofessional arts training center that offers intensive instruction from culinary and dance to filmmaking and writing. NOCCA is located just outside the French Quarter and adjacent to the Mississippi River at 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117. Bourbon Street, Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral are a few attractions within a mile radius of the venue.

NOCCA’s students audition to either become full-day high school students in the academic studio program or to take part in a half-day arts discipline program. All students who are accepted into the program attend NOCCA tuition-free, and these scholarships are supported by venue rental fees. ISTE is pleased to support these students’ tuition and financial aid through the use of the facility for CCL weekend. We’re excited to say that a number of NOCCA teachers will be participating with us at the event!

The vibrant city of New Orleans is full of never-ending experiences and unique things to do, see and eat. Visit the official tourism website for more and plan your trip! The Krewe of Boo Halloween parade and Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival are both happening during the weekend of CCL. Attendees are encouraged to participate in these events to get a true flavor of the city.


The ISTE Creative Constructor Lab headquarter hotel, the Intercontinental New Orleans, is currently sold out with limited to no availability over the event dates. Please check here to see if any room(s) open up prior to the event due to cancellations. The following hotels are currently showing availability online and are of close proximity to the headquarter hotel:

For your convenience, shuttles between the Intercontinental New Orleans and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) will depart every 15 minutes between 7:15 and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20. They will return from NOCCA at the end of the day every 10 minutes starting at 4:30 p.m.