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Using artwork to encourage covid vaccinations

by: Anna McAllister for WGNO NEW ORLEANS — Thread by thread, bead by bead. Demond and Alicia Melancon are creating one of a kind masterpieces. “I’ve been beading for almost thirty years. I tried to change the game with my work and put it into the art world, and change the precedent of what an artist really… 

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Mardi Gras Indian suit rather than a Confederate Statute

By Ray Funk for Trinidad Guardian In 1911, a statue was put up in New Orleans of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy. A century later, the New Orleans City Council ordered the removal of the statute and it was torn down. Ever since all that remains is a bare platform — until Carnival… 

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Gallery Artist Demond Melancon Will Join Joan Mitchell Center Residency on October 19

via Joan Mitchell Foundation We are pleased to announce that seven artists have been selected to join the Artist-in-Residence program at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans later this month. The group, which includes local artists Jourdan Barnes, kai barrow, Kara Crowley, Demond Melancon, Anastasia Pelias, Asante Salaam, and José Torres-Tama, will begin residency at the Center on October 19. The… 

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BBC | Mardi Gras: The Big Chief celebrating the stories of Africa

Demond Melancon is a sewer with extraordinary flair. Every year for Mardi Gras, he makes an elaborate feathered suit to compete with others in a centuries-old African-American tradition in New Orleans. And for the past few years, Demond has been telling the stories of Ethiopia through his designs. Image: Demond Melancon in his 2020 Mardi… 

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Demond Melancon: The bead master of New Orleans

This week’s In The Studio is presented by acclaimed actor and New Orleans resident Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan). We join him as he meets Demond Melancon, a fine artist from New Orleans who is also the Big Chief of a Black Masking Indian tribe, the Young Seminole Hunters. The Black… 

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