Imaginative collaborations and performances are born at the Music Box Village in New Orleans’ Upper Ninth Ward, an interactive space featuring musical architecture, art installations and all sorts of boundary-pushing, genre-bending artistic and structural experiments.
Once a “pop-up” art installation, the Village found a permanent home — just steps from the Industrial Canal — where it flourishes amongst overgrown trees. A warehouse on the property serves as a fabrication and meeting space (and the home of an ever-expanding costume bin and several rescue dogs cared for by the collective).
Its founders are Delaney Martin and Jay Pennington of the artists’ collective known as New Orleans Airlift. The Music Box Village is constructed mostly of salvaged materials, and reflects the city itself in its preservation and evolution of creative traditions.
At night, when many of the performances take place, the space, which features several architectural curiosities enchanting.