arts & culture

Street Economy: Poets For Hire

Apr 28, 2016
Sarah Holtz

In New Orleans, culture often transforms into economic transactions that happen on the street. In this episode of Street Economy – a series that documents what it's like to making a living on the streets of New Orleans - street poet Shannon takes us into the lives of the poets who create and exchange their work for what people are willing to pay for it. 

Amzie Adams' Quest For Identity

Apr 28, 2016
Historic New Orleans Collection

Call them whatever you want: hipsters or hippies, beatniks or punks, New Orleans has always been an attractive place for American bohemianism. But despite its laid back attitude, the people down here often think these subcultures threaten the way things are done. Amzie Adams encountered that kind of opposition when he moved here in the late 60’s, but then quickly found a way to participate in New Orleans’ culture. 

Cheryl Gerber / Unprisoned

In the last few years, powerful images of police interacting violently with African Americans -- usually men, or teenagers, or even children -- have been on the news, all over the world.

In these images, black men are getting shot or choked or hauled away in handcuffs. There are others too, memorial photographs from happier times: of young boys with plump cheeks or wearing graduation caps. Photographs of Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald – the list goes on.

Michael Guidry

Then, Jazz Fest kicks off weekend two.  We catch up with Louisiana nature painter Michael Guidry.

And, the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the non-profit owner of Jazz Fest is offering entrepreneurs in the culinary arts, training and funding, with its Catapult grant program.

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New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art is set to open a showing of paintings done by one of the world’s most famous singer-songwriters.  It’s timed to coincide with the start of Jazz Fest.

For Architect Mark Hash, Art Is Concrete... And Abstract

Apr 20, 2016
Infrogmation

Pause for a moment and consider your neighborhood through the eyes of an architect. You’d expect geometric shapes, locations, and other spatial relationships to be foundational to their perspective, so it may surprise you to hear how abstract their creative process can be. Recently, architect Mark Hash discussed how his structured mind has changed over the years with NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford. 

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks into high gear at the Fairgrounds.  In addition to its stellar musical line-up, we sample Caribbean treasures as the Cultural Exchange Pavilion celebrates Belize.

Bell School.
Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The former Bell School Campus in Treme is being transformed into residential and work space for artists and their families. The project is being led by the nonprofit Artspace. Eileen Fleming met up with Artspace spokesman Joe Butler for a look at the historic property – inside and out.

Jahi Salaam
Cheryl Gerber / Unprisoned

“If you grew up struggling, then you my audience,” says Jahi Salaam, an 18-year-old rapper and a poet. Jahi is from New Orleans. His first name, Jahi, means dignity in Swahili. His last name means peace. When Jahi talks about poverty, school, and prison, he says: they’re all intertwined.

This is Unprisoned.  I’m Eve Abrams.

There was a time when most neighborhoods in New Orleans had their own movie house, but they slowly disappeared and were replaced by multiplex theaters. But as everything becomes localized these days, so have options for seeing movies. The latest space to open is the Broad Theater, a four room theater house in an old Spanish colonial building in Mid-City.

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