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NolaVie celebrates the distinct characters, events, neighborhoods, cuisine and all the other things that make New Orleans, well, New Orleans through everything from personal perspectives by weekly columnists to features about local people and places, using everything from photo galleries and video to creative writing.

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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.

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Sometimes, just sometimes, communities can actually get together to do something that transcends politics.

The greater New Orleans area will soon see such an event. Through a collaboration of the City of Kenner, New Orleans City Park and the folks at the Helis Foundation, the public good is going to be served in the most artistic of ways: with the installation of a very special, long-missing bronze sculpture. Created for the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans, The Wave is getting a new home in City Park.

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WWNO News Director Eve Troeh visited Vietnam on assignment to report on the effects of climate change in a place with water challenges similar to New Orleans. She says it was an adventure unlike any she has recently experienced.

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Prospect 3 Plus offers more than 60 local art installations and events taking place alongside the international Bienennial Prospect 3. NolaVie and cultural partner WWNO are taking a look at some of them in a series to run during the exhibition, which continues through Jan. 25.

Arts Educators Say It's Time To Turn STEM Into STEAM

Jan 8, 2015
George Rodrigue Foundation

With Voices from the Classroom: The Arts in Education Reform, NolaVie and cultural partner WWNO are teaming up to take a look at how the arts are being used creatively in schools around the city. Why are they an important component for school curricula? And how are we integrating arts into local classrooms? Today, Brian Friedman talks to Jacques Rodrigue about a new model for arts-based schools.

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If you’re walking or driving on Oak Street, sooner or later you’ll get to the 8200 block and a quirky shop called Rabbit Ears. It belongs to Renee Allie, a longtime immigrant from the way cold North — Connecticut, to be exact. With a degree in Italian and art, and not a clue what to do with that, she came to New Orleans in 1984 because her sister, who was working here at that time, said it might be fun since there was going to be a world’s fair.

Crescent City Farmers Market

Kathryn Parker has been at the helm of the Crescent City Farmers Market for just one year. Taking over from the organization's original leader, Richard McCarthy, who went on to become the Executive Director of Slow Food America, Kate says it’s been a year that has flown by so quickly, one with a never-ending learning curve.

“I thought I knew a lot about growing seasons,” she says. “But the more time I spend with the market, the more I am learning."

Changeworks: Arts And Wellness Center

Dec 16, 2014
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These days, when you drive or walk the length of General Pershing from Broad Street toward South Claiborne, you can tell something is growing there.

There in Broadmoor, in the heart of New Orleans, a community is rebuilding itself.

On what was the largest concentration of blight in the neighborhood, construction is underway for an 11,500-square-foot Arts and Wellness Center, a space that will provide quality arts enrichment and improved vitality to over 350 community members daily.

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.

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