Renée Peck

NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

New Orleans astronomy buffs have a new place to take in the wonders of outer space. The Tulane Observatory will now be open to the public once a month. Renee Peck recently spoke with Dr. Dan Purrington, Professor Emeritus of Physics, about this new opportunity to view the skies.

myvanishinghometowns.com

Christy George is concerned that too many Americans are in denial about climate change and is trying a find a new approach to change their minds. She believes that people join social movements once they’re convinced it’s the right thing to do, so she’s collecting personal stories from locals who have been impacted by rising tides and temperatures for her new book, My Vanishing Hometowns.

KIDsmART

Over the past year, local educational organizations have joined a new program funded by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It’s called Any Given Child and it helps schools integrate artistic lessons into their curriculum. Echo Olander of KIDsmART has been essential to the program’s local development, and spoke with NolaVie’s Renee Peck about what they’ve learned and where they’re going.

John Richie

The debate over gun safety is often presented as a black and white issue, with people either strongly for or against strict gun laws. But local filmmaker John Richie found that wasn’t the case.

Stacy Serro

The University Medical Center in New Orleans is a mammoth-sized hospital with more than 2 million square feet of constructed space. And before Stacy Serro arrived, the walls were merely painted drywall.

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Maxwell Williams first visited New Orleans 15 years ago, at the age of 21. Like so many first-time visitors, he was smitten with the city.

Lately, schools have been adding arts integration and experiential learning to their curriculum, but these are things that the Waldorf educational system has been doing for nearly a century. A local branch was started 15 years ago and gets more popular each year.

For NolaVie, Renée Peck brings us this report.

Young Audiences Charter School

Editor's note: With Voices from the Classroom: The Arts in Education Reform, NolaVie and cultural partner WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio are teaming up to take a look at how the arts are being used creatively in schools around the city.

Why are the arts an important component for school curricula? And how are we integrating arts into local classrooms? Today, Renee Peck interviews Folwell Dunbar, head of a new kind of school in Jefferson Parish.

As part of a three-part opening conversation leading to a year-long series of vignettes on arts and education in the new public-school landscape of our city, Renee Peck talks to Echo Olander, executive director of the arts education organization KidsmART.

The series, Voices from the Classroom: The Arts in Education Reform, is a partnership of NolaVie and WWNO.

This continuing series about arts and education is made possible by a generous grant from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.

Alliance Française

Hard on the heels of our own Fourth of July comes the French Bastille Day, celebrated on July 14. The Alliance Française of New Orleans has a week’s worth of events to celebrate the French national holiday.   

To read more about the Bastille Day celebrations in New Orleans, visit NolaVie.com

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