Part of Mayor Ray Nagin's Bring New Orleans Back Commission included a special Cultural Committee, made up of representatives from the worlds of music, visual art, cultural preservationists and others.
While the make-up of the committee was somewhat controversial — "too elite, not street," as a leader of a Social Aid and Pleasure Club put it to me — their report has some interesting ideas for bolstering our baseline cultural institutions in this city.
Street Talk was especially taken by the idea of more community cultural centers in the city, where neighbors could meet to learn about traditions, or start creating their own.
The rub here is that the BNOB's plan isn't a sure thing. It wasn't approved by the City Council, and hasn't been guaranteed funding by city, state or federal government.
You can download a PDF of the final report on the Bring New Orleans Back website by scrolling down to "Cultural Committee Final Report."