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IdeasCity New Orleans

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Bell Artspace Campus Great Hall & Lawn

2100 Ursulines Avenue, Tremé, New Orleans, LA

IdeasCity New Orleans culminated in a high-profile public program on April 20, 2019, featuring conversations, artist talks, prototypes, and demos by an array of local and internationally acclaimed cultural agents whose work engages the forces that define our cities including Black Thought, dream hampton, Kate Orff, Imani Perry, Franklin Leonard, Gia Hamilton, Stephanie McKee, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Austin Allen, Anne Rolfes, Sue Mobley, Bryan C. Lee, Beth Coleman, Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Marshall Brown, Katey Red, and LOT-EK, among others.

Considering the outsized role New Orleans has played in the global perception of festivals, IdeasCity New Orleans focused on four areas of inquiry pertaining to the theme of Everyday Festival:

  • Storytelling and Entrepreneurship: looking to the circulation of stories as  an alternative to the economy of resource extraction
  • Culture and Landscape: exploring the potentially contested preservation and future of waterfronts, open space, industrial landscapes, and social histories
  • Data as Ecology: addressing questions of public urban data
  • Art Everyday: foregrounding aspects of advocacy, civic purpose, and social life in art-making and curating at museums and beyond

Featured performances by local musicians and performing artists occured throughout the day, curated by Junebug Productions’ Homecoming Project, a community-based storytelling performance series maintaining the relationship between culture and social change in New Orleans.

IdeasCity Fellows’ projects occupied and transform the grounds and Great Hall of the Bell ArtSpace Campus in Tremé— the oldest surviving Black community in the United States.

Check out the detailed schedule for the day here

Leadership support of IdeasCity New Orleans is provided by the Kresge Foundation. Major support for IdeasCity New Orleans is provided by Lambent Foundation and Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust. Lead support for the IdeasCity fellowship program is provided by The Rockefeller Foundation. This project is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Helis Foundation. Special thanks to Hotel Peter and Paul, IdeasCity Hospitality Partner, The Drifter Hotel and Claiborne Mansion. Saturday’s festival was presented in collaboration with media partner PIN-UP Magazine for Architectural Entertainment.


IdeasCity New Orleans Team:
Vere van Gool, Gabe Gordon, V. Mitch McEwen, Harmony-Cree Morgan, Karen Wong