The process of developing this project began with listening. Through ongoing meetings with community and religious leaders, teachers, artists, and numerous other individuals, this pubic art project has evolved into a larger social production involving free art seminars, educational programs, theater workshops, and conversations with the community.

New Orleans Partners
Here are links to find out more about some of our wonderful partners who made it possible for this project to be realized in New Orleans.
University of New Orleans
Xavier University
Dillard University
NOCCA High School
Lusher High School
Frederic Douglass High School
John McDonough High School
Neighborhood Story Project
Renaissance Project
The Porch
Students at the Center

Classes and Artists Audio Talks

Paul Chan is currently in New Orleans teaching contemporary art seminars, open to the public, at Xavier University and The University of New Orleans for the fall semester, and members of The Classical Theatre of Harlem are conducting acting workshops with high schools and community groups.

Syllabus and schedule of "Contemporary art seminar" at the University of New Orleans - Tuesdays at 6:30PM
(downloadable pdf of syllabus of the open class taught by Paul Chan in the fall 2007 semester)

Syllabus and schedule of "Art Practicum " at Xavier University - Thursdays at 3:30PM
(downloadable pdf of syllabus of the open class taught by Paul Chan in the fall 2007 semester)

A conversation with New Orleanian artist Willie Birch
(MP3 recording of a an hour long conversation during Paul's fall semester class at Xavier University, Sept 27, 2007)

- Artist roundtable conversation moderated by Paul Chan for the show "Unwrapped", which was curated by artists Kami Galeana and Natalie Sciortino. Students from the University of New Orleans Graduate art program (where Paul is teaching this semester) were part of the show. The roundtable discussed the work in the show and the state of contemporary art in New Orleans for new and emerging artists.

Click here to download an MP3 of the artist roundtable discussion on October 13 (60 minutes)

A lively roundtable discussion about the state of art in New Orleans with Willie Birch, Paul Chan, Courtney Egan, Bob Tannen. Moderated by Ron Bechet.

Click here to download an MP3 of The Art of Renewal (120 minutes)

Potluck Dinners

A series of potluck dinners are being held in a range of neighborhoods to foster conversations with residents and the producers and cast.

- Hosted by Ronald Lewis, resident of the Lower Ninth Ward, and founder of the House of Dance and Feathers (a backyard museum dedicated to life and culture of the Mardi Gras Indians in the Lower Ninth Ward)
- around 45 people were in attendance, including Pastor Haywood of the New Israel Baptist Church, Rev. Charles Duplessis of the Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church, Artist Willie Birch, Artist Jana Napoli, the Neighborhood story project founders Abram Himmelstein and Rachel Breunlin, Artist and educator Ron Bechet, and the whole cast and crew of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, including actor Wendell Pierce.
Click here to view photos of the event.

- Hosted by Rev. Jeff Connor at his church, Hartzell Methodist Church in the Lower Ninth Ward. Hartzell opened on July 10, 2007. They have an average of 20 parishoners
- around 18 people were in attendance, including parishoners of Hartzell, Tom Pepper, current director of the Common Ground Collective, Artist andurban planner Bob Tannen, Resident of the lower ninth ward and organizer Robert Lynn Green Sr., and the whole cast and crew of the project
Click here to view photos of the event.

Anthony Bean Community Theater workshop
Photo: Tuyen Nguyen

Artist Roundtable
Photo: Tuyen Nguyen

First Potluck
Photo: Tuyen Nguyen

The Porch Workshop
Photo: Tuyen Nguyen