Project of the Day—The Lower 9th Ward Community Center is a skatepark and art space in New Orleans that was built in an empty warehouse after Hurricane Katrina. After a successful few years (and 50,000 volunteers and visitors!), they’ve encountered some trouble and are now faced with trying to save the building and bring it back up to code.
Project of the Day — Dithyrambalina, a sonic wonderland in New Orleans
Caught on tape.
An experimental sound play rooted in Appalachia, Runnin’ Down the Mountain tells the story of two siblings living alone with their familial ghosts.
After a successful trial run last summer, the creative team is ready to give the play its due — and seeking support to make the production a success, produce the premiere, and eventually take the show on the road. Help raise the curtain on our Project of the Day.
By day, Kara Barrett is a mild-mannered graphic designer. By night, she transforms into the writer and creator of The Bargain, a meticulously conceived graphic novel with a supernatural touch.
Set in New Orleans, 1955, the story begins with Jackson Connolly, a traveling salesman stuck in a deal with the devil. This Faustian bargain is coming due, and Connolly must dive deep into the underground world of bayou magic to save himself before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Barrett’s worked her voodoo on us — The Bargain is our Project of the Day.
Hot off the press.
Over the course of three years, The New Orleans Community Printshop has held workshops, gallery shows, and drop-in screenprinting nights, setting up shop wherever it could find a home for at least a night. Along the way, the Printshop’s all-volunteer staff has served hundreds of local artists and students, and nurtured a small, but loyal, community of printing enthusiasts.
Then, the Printshop found a permanent home. A beautiful space with brick walls, plenty of natural light, and 2,100 square feet to work with. The only problem? Raising the funds to build it out. The crew took to Kickstarter, and ran a project to raise the bare minimum necessary to renovate.
Over the next five months, the team sanded, painted, built, and installed. They relied on the volunteer efforts put forth by printshop members, students, and artists — learning things like “how to install plumbing” as they went. Today, all that effort came to fruition with the announcement of the official grand opening.
There will be live printing, a membership drive, brass bands, lots of people, and lots of celebrating. We wish we could be there to raise a glass in our ink-stained hands.
Since 2006, the New Orleans-based 24 Hour Draw-a-Thon has been a yearly highlight for doodle enthusiasts everywhere.
The free art event is an open invitation for anybody, of any age, to come and mingle, dance, and draw the night away. The Draw-a-Thon’s mission being to “encourage creating for the sake of creating.” Even if you’ve never drawn a line in your life, the organizers will host a variety of instructional workshops, so you can spruce up your sketching chops before getting down to the business of putting pen to paper. Who knows? By the time you’re done, you may have made an entire comic book, not to mention a few new friends.
For art’s sake, we’re making this one our Project of the Day.
Putting a modern spin on classic hits is all the rage these days, but New Orleans-based producer Earl Scioneaux ran a project that posited the exact opposite idea: what if he took the greatest hits of a contemporary group, like Daft Punk, and rearranged them for a funky New Orleans brass band? Judging by his final backer count — 1, 371 strong — it was a concept people could get behind.
Since his project ended, Earl’s been letting backers have an inside look at his recording process, posting frequent updates with images, audio and stories from the studio. Our favorite so far is probably the Drinking Sign (bottom), which was captioned merely: “You know you’re in a New Orleans recording studio when…”
In a post-Katrina New Orleans, a few months prior to the city’s legendary Mardi Gras parades, the directors of three youth bands are preparing their students for two grueling weeks of musical celebration. It wasn’t that long ago that these directors stood where their kids do — and they know how to push their young charges to achieve at levels they never dreamed possible. This is where the documentary The Whole Gritty City begins, plunging viewers into the trials, tribulations, and accomplishments of a small community determined to deliver an important musical legacy to each new generation. If that doesn’t convince you to see this film, their project video will. Check it out — it’s our Project of the Day.
KSR IRL: Friday 10/21 @ 4p, world-renown street artist/force of nature Swoon speaks at The Music Box: A Shantytown Sound Laboratory. Shantytown Orchestra conducted by Quintron performs 10/22 @ the Music Box’s GRAND OPENING!
A permanent, interactive sculpture for the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans that looks like a house, but plays like an instrument, Swoon and New Orleans Airlift's successful summer Kickstarter campaign for the Dithyrambalina is rapidly becoming real live musical architecture! From the artists: “Visitors will interact with this musical shantytown’s singing walls, heartbeat-triggered percussion machine, organ staircase and weather sensitive oscillators. Three monthly live performances will bring together stellar groups of local and international musicians to play orchestrated works on these “instruments”…The Music Box is the platform for these artists to develop the instrumentation that will be built into the Dithyrambalina’s walls and ceilings and floorboards in the same way plumbing and electric are configured for a traditional home.”
1027 Piety St. New Orleans. Doors 6:30 & 8:30 Seating is limited.
Suggested donation $10. Click here for more info.
Our Kickstarer $1000 reward looks amazing, doesn’t it? It’s a personal home tour, home-cooked dinner with an arts talk AND a limited-edition print from P.2 artist, designer, icon and thinker Bob Tannen. and Bieber approves.
If this shouldnt entice everyone, I don’t know what would.
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