Chief Howard Miller, of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indian tribe, will lead a 10-week series of free workshops on the art of Mardi Gras Indian beadwork beginning Feb. 17 at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart St., in New Orleans.

The workshops are sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns the Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The workshops will teach how to design and create beadwork patches suitable to be part of a Mardi Gras Indian suit. All beads and other supplies will be provided by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The workshops, while geared toward ages 10-17, are suitable for all ages.

To register for the Mardi Gras Indian beadwork workshops, visit

Also, master percussionist Luther Gray will lead a 10-week series of free workshops on the art of African drumming beginning Feb. 17 at the George and Jazz & Heritage Center.

Students are welcome to bring their own drums. Gray and the Jazz & Heritage Foundation will provide additional drums as needed. The workshops are geared toward ages 10-17 but are suitable for everyone.

Register at www.jazzand

Songwriting workshops with PJ Morton, of Maroon 5, will be held March 25, April 2 and May 21. Morton, a Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and performer, was born in New Orleans.

The workshops, ideal for young people with a demonstrated passion for songwriting, will cover the fundamentals of songwriting structure and technique, and will lead to students working in groups to create original songs.

Admission to the workshops is free and is open to middle school and high school students from throughout the greater New Orleans region. The class size is limited to 30 participants.

Applications are available at The deadline to apply is March 4. Prior experience with songwriting is helpful but not required.