Young at Art Blasts Off!

Sparks Will Literally Fly as Jimmy Descant, a.k.a. The Rocket Man and Rock Band DiNOLA  Pair Up to Create Instant Art
Event To Kickoff “Young@Art” New Orleans’ Newest Arts & Culture Event Series

NO/AIDS Task Force is proud to announce its newest initiative, Young@Art, New Orleans’ newest arts & culture event series, underwritten by Chevron. The series “blasts off” with an Instant Art Event at The Green Project Warehouse at 2831 Marais Street (map) on Saturday, March 23, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  Jimmy Descant, a.k.a. The Rocketman, will team up with local rock band DiNOLA to out-perform and out-create one another at this special event.

Memberships are $200 and include admission to all three quarterly events plus Patron-level admission to Art Against AIDS.  Additional member benefits include (4) free regular admissions to NOMA and select Green Project member benefits. Individual tickets for the Blast Off event are $25 and can also be purchased at the above link or at the door the night of the event, based on availability.

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1338062077_DinolaOgden-Library  descantJimmy Descant, aka The Rocketman, grew up in Chalmette, but lived most of his life in and around New Orleans. He got the name ‘Rocketman’ from his 15 years of showing his vacuum cleaner art at the Contemporary Art section of the Jazz Fest, exhibiting Buck Rogers type rocketships made from parts from the Golden Age Of Manufacturing found at thrifts stores, flea markets, and dumpster diving.

Over the past 3 years, Jimmy has honed his skills as an instantaneous assemblage artist, starting with building small sculptures right in front of audiences in 15 minutes, using their personal belongings and Jimmy’s found raw materials. Now he is a full-scale, live Instant Art performance/assemblage artist who builds art onstage with a band in a one to two hour show of massive action, rock ‘n roll, and art. All events are one of a kind, as well as the art created, which is always given or auctioned for charity. Jimmy says, “I wanted to severely connAction_Jimmy_4ect with the pieces and parts of the debris of America in a completely pure inspirational moment, and get it out of me and onto a canvas of plywood in messages of peace and compassion.”

This marks only the third time this show of massive action, rock ‘n roll, and art has been seen in New Orleans.  Descant’s past Instant Art shows at The Ogden Museum Of Southern Art and Raphael Academy uptown in 2012 left the crowds wide eyed and jaw dropped in disbelief at what they just experienced; amazed but still wondering what they just saw! The piece created at the Instant Art Event on March 23rd will be donated to NO/AIDS Task Force to auction off at Art Against AIDS, their annual art auction and holiday gala, to be held on December 7, 2013 at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

“We’re so excited that this amazing event will kick off, or more appropriately, “blast off” our Young@Art series, our newest community outreach program,” said Cheryl Grace, Director of Development at NO/AIDS Task Force. “Our first event is going to be representative of what we hope to achieve through Young@Art, which is to bring the community together to showcase the unique arts and culture of our city and region, but to do it in a really collaborative way that hasn’t been done before,” continued Ms. Grace. “This one event alone is not only combining music and sculpture, but we’re partnering with The Green Project to host the event and we’re inviting local food trucks to provide the food.”

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