On Saturday (May 18), Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the commencement speech at New Orleans’ Tulane University. His remarks about climate change and the failure of his generation to address the issue have been widely discussed.
But after the speech, Cook visited the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, where he spent nearly two hours. He met with two of the center’s founders, Ellis Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr., as well as students and faculty.
During his visit, Cook announced that Apple will be partnering with the center, donating products that will be used to create music in the studios, as well as providing software training to students and staff.
“The center is an illustration of the unique creativity of this city,” Cook told The Advocate. “New Orleans can be whatever it wants to be.” Cook went on to talk about the need for more diversity in the tech industry.
New Orleans has been making strides towards becoming a regional tech hub.
Cook listened to students perform in the center’s state-of-the-art performance hall. He also watched students mixing video and audio on donated Apple computers.
“To have Tim Cook come here and be interested in our enter is really monumental,” Connick said. “This is a first step, and hopefully this will be the beginning of a long relationship.”