Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

We are coming up on our last few weeks until we depart for New Orleans and the team is really starting to feel cohesive! During this last meeting we all took a look at the money we've raised thus far and came up with a grand total of $8,347! While this isn't terrible, we are still $11,500 short of our goal... 

Next topic of conversation was the Benefit Concert coming up this week on February 14. We hope you'll show some love and join us this Valentine's Day at 4:30 PM at the Parish Center at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle located at 405 West 59th Street.

We have an exciting program of performances that shouldn't run longer than an hour -- so you'll still have time to catch that movie or make that dinner reservation ;) 

Other news:
  • We've declared a date for the Hamilton raffle prize! The tickets will be for the March 12th performance at 8 PM.
  • This Tuesday, February 9th, the team is hosting a pie throwing event with some Juilliard faculty in the Morse Student Lounge in the Juilliard building! King cake will be supplied in honor of Mardi Gras!
  • On Wednesday, February 10th, we'll be collecting as many $10 donations as possible in celebration of the 10th anniversary trip! (We are the longest running student-organized arts outreach project at Juilliard!)  
We concluded Sunday's meeting with a sing-thru of this year's team song: a Lean On Me/Sir Duke mashup. Also, more videos of more team members still to come :) 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

NOLA 2016 - Meet Jasminn!

Next up in our Meet the Team series is three time team member and two time team leader, Jasminn!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Meet our next team member Sean H.!

We've got two Seans on the team this year. Since Sean H. is a returning team member, he's been nicknamed Elder Sean. ;)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Get to know our team members! Here's Jayme!

We'll post one or two videos each week so you can get to know our team! Make sure to come back often so you can meet every team member!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas couldn't stop us!


You may have heard of the rather intense winter storm that hit the East Coast this weekend. Even with the MTA transit extremely delayed or cancelled completely we all made it to our weekly meeting with one group member showing up via FaceTime...dedication!

We opened our raffle today and we have some amazing prizes! I will list them here to get you a little more excited!

2 tickets to American in Paris with a backstage tour
2 tickets to Chicago with a backstage tour
A signed copy of Nine: A Salute to Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe
A signed Wynton Marsalis CD and book
Original Painting by Nina Ferguson
Handmade Quilt by Melora Neminski
A Film Buff Membership donated by the Lincoln Center Film Society ($125 value)
1 Month membership to YogaWorks ($125 value)
Haircut at Scott J. Aveda Eastside with senior stylist ($75 value)
Juilliard NYC classic hoodie donated by the Juilliard Store ($50 value)
$50 gift card to Whole Foods
2 TICKETS TO HAMILTONfor Saturday, March 12, 8 pm

Ticket sales are the same as last year with 1 ticket for $2 and 3 tickets for $5

Now that we got the extra big news out of the way let's get back to the meeting. This is only the second meeting but already there is a dedication and passion with the members of this trip that is so wonderful to see. Everyone is putting in their fullest effort in every capacity. After the meeting today we caught a few more members on video for our rapid fire questions and everyone had some pretty intriguing answers! Keep checking back for the upcoming videos.

Also, take a look at our Generosity fundraising website!

Hope everyone had a warm and safe weekend,
Casey Hess

Sunday, January 17, 2016

An Introduction to the 2016 team!

For those who have never visited our blog before, welcome! My name is Jimmie "JJ" Jeter. I'm a fourth year actor and this is my fourth trip with the NOLA Project. I'll be leading the team this year alongside Jasminn Johnson and Angela Falk.

 Here you can expect weekly posts from various NOLA 2016 members, see posts from previous years, read general information about our project, learn about ways you can contribute to our fundraising efforts, and read updates we will post while we are on the trip!

Today was our first team meeting together, marking the beginning of our preparation to return to New Orleans from February 27th to March 5th, 2016!  I know I speak for everyone when I say we have a really amazing team put together, and I can't wait to begin to get to know these artists and share this amazing experience with them.

So without further ado, I am proud to be the first to present to you the 2016 Juilliard ARTreach New Orleans Service Project Team!


Angela Falk
3rd year Dance

Jasminn Johnson
4th year Drama

Jimmie "JJ" Jeter
4th year Drama


Daniel "Danny" Davila
2nd year Drama

Michelle Geffner
1st year Vocal Arts

Zach Hann
3rd year Music


Casey Hess 
3rd year Dance

Zoe Hollinshead 
1st year Dance

Sean Howe
3rd year Dance 

Sean Lammer
1st year Dance

Jayme Lawson
1st year Drama

Jeffery Miller 
2nd year Music (Jazz)

Keshav Moodliar
1st year Drama

Riley O'Flynn
3rd year Dance

Yaegy Park 
1st year Music

Victoria Pollack 
3rd year Drama

Natsuko Takashima 
2nd year Music

Isaiah Thompson 
1st year Music (Jazz)

Malik Williams
3rd year Dance 

Sebastian Zinca 
3rd year Music


Rebecca Reuter 
Community Engagement

Sabrina Tanbara
Student Affairs


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Let the fundraising begin!

The 2016 team is chosen, flights to New Orleans have been booked, and our first team meeting is less than one month away. We can't wait for our tenth annual trip to the Big Easy!

But...we can't do it without your support. So, let the fundraising begin! :-)

The easiest way to help us raise the necessary funds to cover travel, housing, food, and other essentials for our trip is by donating to our online fundraiser. We're happy to be utilizing this new online fundraising platform powered by Indigogo, which allows us to keep more of the money you send us ( is dedicated to supporting non-profit and personal causes, so they don't take out as many fees as the regular Indiegogo). That means your donation goes farther than ever before!

If you donate $100, $250, or $500, you can receive a special gift from the 2016 New Orleans Service Project team. All donations of $150 or more will be recognized by The Juilliard School as tax deductible. And of course, donations of any size - large or small - are greatly appreciated.

'Tis the season for giving, so why not be generous to our cause on!

Happy Holidays from the 2016 New Orleans Service Project Team, and thank you for your support!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Points of Light

The team was honored to be asked to be a part of a video produced by Points of Light, the national organization dedicated to promoting volunteerism and service. The video opened their 25th anniversary gala. Shared with permission from Points of Light.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015