During a panel presentation “From Recovery to Resilience: Post-Katrina Planning in NOLA” at noon on Friday, August 28 at the Sheraton Hotel Dr. Robert Collins, professor of urban studies and public policy at Dillard University, will present his research on the recovery process, the current state of city planning, and the state of preparedness for future hurricanes. Collins will also provide recommendations on how the city planning process can make New Orleans a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable city.
In June, Collins’ essay “No More Planning by Surprise: City Planning Ten Years after Katrina” was released by The Data Center in their New Orleans Index at Ten Collection. The Data Center is an independent analysis group in Southeast Louisiana. In his essay, which is a sequel to one published five years ago, Collins focuses on land use in New Orleans and the difficulties encountered by the city as it sought to develop a unified recovery and rebuilding plan.
"The city planning process in New Orleans during the decade following Hurricane Katrina was arguably one of the most challenging periods of city planning in any city, at any point in U.S. history,” said Collins. “The first five years were spent primarily in a recovery planning phase, and the second five years were spent dealing with complexities and conflicts of the comprehensive zoning process,” he added.
Collins pointed out that the challenges were made more daunting by the fact that before the storm the city lacked a history of strong traditional urban planning practices. As a result, most processes had to be constructed from scratch. “Despite few financial resources and a series of stops and starts, New Orleans now has a Master Plan as of August 2010, and a Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance as of May 2015,” he noted. “The New Orleans recovery experience can inform other communities about what to do and perhaps more importantly, what not to do when planning to rebuild after a disaster.”
The panel on Post Katrina Planning will be held in the Waterbury Room at the Sheraton Hotel at noon on Friday, August 28. The discussion will also be live-streamed from the city’s Katrina 10 website katrina10.org.
As a tribute to the resilience of the people of New Orleans, ten years after Katrina,On August 29th MSANIART Gallery will host a "Little Artist Series" from 10am-5pm for children to paint and express themselves about the event that has had such an impact on the lives of all in Louisiana.
M. Sani will also have an open mic inviting artists using the "spoken word" to express themselves for people of all ages to share their Katrina experiences through art, music or spoken word from 6 pm to 10 pm. This event is donation based. There will be Katrina paintings on exhibit during the event.
We would like to use this day to take the negativity of the disaster and turn it into a positive artistic experience to celebrate the revival and growth of New Orleans these past 10 years.
We are currently looking for musicians or artists to perform at the "spoken word" event. Let us know!
A conversation and open community planning session on the New Orleans educator workforce, followed by a parent-teacher resource fair.
Participants will examine teacher training, classroom instruction strategies, and cultural competence, with an invitation to the public to participate in the creation of an action plan for New Orleans' educators. The fair will provide educators and parents with coaching opportunities from master teachers, professional development connections, and direct support resources on topics like early childhood, classroom management, trauma-informed instruction, COMPASS, and teaching reading.
The event's ultimate purpose is to hear from community members on the state of the profession and to create a citizen-led action plan on local educator workforce development from recruitment to retention. Together, community members will build a direct path forward to making New Orleans a "teachers first" city.
Sunday Youth Music Workshops offer young, aspiring musicians the opportunity to play with and learn from some of the area’s most experienced and celebrated musicians. Every workshop offers students a hands-on, improvisational approach to music education.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans is thrilled to announce our premier gala, “Taking Flight,” is scheduled for September 18th from 7:00PM to 10:00PM in the Messina’s at the Terminal in Lakefront Airport. This year’s Gala is a celebration of the 35 years that BHGH has been providing youth in need with the safe home, long-term care, and academic opportunities needed for future success.
“Taking Flight” will be a night to remember, featuring the best in local New Orleans cuisine including Napoleon House, Mr. John’s Steakhouse, and Galatoire’s, live music by The Wiseguys, and an exclusive live auction and raffle including a live painting by local artist Frenchy—all in support of the dedicated young men and women of Boys Hope Girls Hope.
Boys Hope Girls Hope will also take this opportunity to honor our School Partners who have been committed to providing BHGH scholars with academic opportunities and scholarships throughout our 35 years.
Guest author and healer Dr. Janet Lynn Roseman and fine arts photographer Alex Labry, each celebrating release of a new book, highlight the Sixth Annual Salon de Jeanne d’Arc Sept. 19, presented by the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc and Loyola University Medieval Studies. The conference focuses on Joan of Arc, her medieval times, and New Orleans’ French heritage. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Loyola’s Danna Center Audubon Room. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for the morning workshops at www.joanofarcparade.org, and the conference closes with the “Mead and Merry” medieval alcoholic beverage tasting, which is a ticketed event. Other topics include medieval music, two panel discussions with community leaders, and a heraldry workshop. Full schedule on the website.
NOLA CODE is a fiscally sponsored non-profit that teaches computer science to children grades K-8th in New Orleans through youth centers and schools they already attend. Subjects taught include programing, circuitry, robotics, and 3D printing.
At 218 South Robertson St., beginning 7PM on Saturday September 26th, Handsome Willy's Bar and Lounge will host Beer for Bots; a benefit concert and happy hour for NOLA CODE. Musical guests include Micah McKey and Little Maker, Marc Stone, and Groove Lounge featuring New Orleans' all female DJ show.
Food will be served.
Proceeds from Beer for Bots go towards the critical expenses for NOLA CODE's pilot program this fall in Hollygrove. These expenses include compensation for Team NOLA CODE's career educators and techies.
Donations can be made through ... nolacode.org
or directly through NOLA CODE’s fiscal sponsor's site ... tccno.org
donations "in honor of NOLA CODE”
For more information, email Charlie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Jodie Smith, wine-woman around town, native New Orleanian, former student of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, lover of French wine, and owner of Geaux-Geaux Wine Productions, for our Intro to French Wine, part IV.
Our tastings take place quarterly here at the Alliance Française- they’re casual, seated, fun, peppered with a bit of French, and informative. We sold out last time, so make sure to book early! Limited Seating.