NOCCA APPLICATIONS: Middle and high school students have until Friday, Jan. 9, to apply for admission to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Prospective students can visit to download and print an application. The office phone number is (504) 940-2787.

NOCCA offers half-day and after-school arts training and full-day arts and academic instruction. Arts training is offered in the fiends of creative writing, culinary arts, dance, media arts (filmmaking and audio production), classical instrumental music, jazz instrumental music, vocal music, drama, musical theater, theater design and visual arts.

ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL: An open house for parents of prospective students from prekindergarten through eighth grade will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave. For information, call Lisa Witter, director of admissions and financial aid, at (504) 866-6553 or visit

SCHOOL GARDENS: A horticulture extension agent for the LSU AgCenter will help teachers develop plans for school gardens during two presentations on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Jefferson Parish public libraries.

Sarah Bertrand will make a presentation from 9 a.m. to noon at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon, Metairie; and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan, Harvey.

Though the two presentations are geared mostly for teachers who want to create gardens in their schools, they are free of charge and are open to the public. Registration is not required.

For information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or

NOCCA MUSICIAN HONORED: John Michael Bradford, a jazz instrumental student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and a senior in the NOCCA Academic Studio, has been chosen as one of 32 students to participate in the Grammy Camp Jazz Session program during Grammy Week in Los Angeles, California.

Grammy Camp Jazz Session participants will attend the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8 and perform at the Grammy Celebration after-party. They are eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships made possible through the Grammy Foundation’s college partners: Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and USC Thornton School of Music.

Bradford also has been chosen as a finalist in jazz (trumpet) in a competition sponsored by the National YoungArts Foundation. He is one of 786 young artists from 46 states being recognized for their accomplishments in one of 10 disciplines across the literary, visual, design and performing arts.

Winners are eligible to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, as YoungArts is the exclusive nominating agency for this high honor for artistically talented graduating high school seniors. Bradford will join finalists from across the nation at National YoungArts Week in Miami, Jan. 4-11, when they will participate in a week of intense master classes and workshops with internationally renowned artists.

NOCCA SINGER HONORED: Lindsey Reynolds, a classical vocal student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and a junior in the NOCCA Academic Studio, has been chosen as a 2015 YoungArts Merit Award winner in voice/soprano.

The National YoungArts Foundation has been identifying, recognizing and inspiring America’s most outstanding young artists since 1981. As a Merit Award winner, Reynolds has placed in the top 5 percent of the applicant pool and received $500.