This week on Inside the Arts, an arts stroll in the French Quarter billed as one hot ticket, Dirty Linen Night, gets underway this weekend. We catch up with artist Jane Talton as she talks about her exhibit, Beastly Delights, at The Foundation Gallery.
And, across town the St. Claude Arts District is in full swing. We catch up with Sharla Hammond, an up and coming muralist from Houston, who will be making her New Orleans debut on a rather large scale. Hammond joins bassist James Singleton for an art experience at LA46.
A Tulane University think tank has issued its annual report on public education in New Orleans, noting strides made in performance since the state assumed authority over most of the city's schools, but also citing the need for numerous improvements.
The Cowen Institute's report, released Wednesday, comes as fewer New Orleans public schools are deemed to be failing and more students are achieving at least basic, grade-level performance. But only 19 percent of New Orleans public school students have shown mastery of subject matter.
A teenager from Gretna attempted to use the photo-sharing service Instagram to sell pairs of Air Jordan athletic shoes, and was robbed at gunpoint by his would-be buyers.
Kenner Police Sergeant Brian McGregor said today the 17-year-old victim advertised the sneakers for $160 on Instagram and on Kik, an instant messaging application for smartphones. When the victim showed up to meet a potential buyer Saturday, five people showed up.
Encore Academy is a charter school, but it looks and feels more like the kind of public school many adults remember attending when they were kids. In today’s New Orleans, where the charter school landscape seems designed to combat lackluster academic achievement — and little else — it’s rare to see a school that values the arts as much as academics. So how does Encore Academy, a stand-alone charter school, manage to stand out?
The first thing you notice when you walk into Encore Academy’s cafeteria at lunch or breakfast is the sound of kids talking.