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ULGNOYP\Jameeta Youngblood

As demographics in New Orleans continue to shift, a pivotal issue among young African Americans is to find and develop leaders in the community. WWNO’s business manager Jameeta Youngblood and Brian Turner of Xavier University’s psychology department know this all too well: they’ve both spent years serving on different organizations around town and have experienced firsthand the challenges that need to be overcome.

Janet Wilson

There’s a special group of improvisers in New Orleans who want nothing more than to get hospital-bound kids to laugh. They're called Funny Bones Improv and on this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with two of their leaders: executive director, Janet Wilson, and local director and performer Emily Slazer. 

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.

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When you’re traveling around New Orleans, even the most tranquil day can be compromised by a loud thud beneath your vehicle. Local writer Scott Gold has a less-than-conventional theory about what’s causing the citywide problem.

Arts Council of New Orleans

The Sunday after Thanksgiving there’s going to be an added treat to the holiday season when a series of animated lighting sequences are projected onto iconic New Orleans buildings. It's part of LUNA Fete, an eight-day art and technology event organized by the Arts Council of New Orleans.

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.

New Orleans Saints: Malady In Black & Gold

Oct 18, 2015
Saints Affective Disorder can affect people of all ages.
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Writer Scott Gold has been worried lately. Every autumn he sees his loved ones overtaken by something beyond his control. It doesn’t last but a day or so, but friends and family will isolate themselves, bite their fingernails, and wrap themselves in crocheted blankets to feel comfort in the face of danger. Luckily, there’s a cure. 

Thomas Walsh

It’s probably been a few years since you last attended recess, but you’ll quickly recall it was a welcomed period to escape the four walls of your classroom and just hang out. So it may surprise you to learn about Playworks: a national non-profit that actually organizes recess for kids.

Their New Orleans branch is the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans

Dimitri Staszewski

Some people dream of getting off the grid, dropping out of the complications of our highly urbanized 21st century. One 21-year-old Loyola University student did just that — in Mongolia, of all places.

Sharon Litwin finds out why on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Dana Reed’s career as a dancer has taken her across the country. While studying dance education at the University of Southern Mississippi, she spent her summers at the nationally renowned Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. There she met dancer and activist Jane Weiner, who introduced her to the concept of community arts programs.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dana Reed about the project that has brought her to the Crescent City.

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