New Lemann Pool Mural Reflects Imagery of Race & Reconciliation Across New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, LA. – The Mid-City Circle of the Welcome Table New Orleans—a citywide initiative of the Mayor’s Office focused on race, reconciliation, and community - along with the Young Artists’ Movement, Prospect New Orleans, the Arts Council of New Orleans, and NORDC announce the unveiling of a collaborative community mural Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Lemann Pool building (536 North Prieur St.)
The mural is one of eight culminating Circle Projects, and is inspired by a series of dialogues hosted by the Mid-City Circle. The meetings were followed by a slate of design workshops led by artist Keith Duncan and the Young Artists’ Movement. The group also hosted a community presentation of potential mural designs created by local youth and Duncan. Following two community feedback events and multiple community paint days the mural is now complete.
"We applaud the participants of the Welcome Table New Orleans Mid-City Circle for their courageous efforts to tackle the issues of race, reconciliation and community through this citywide initiative," said Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse. "Their idea of a community informed mural as a reconciliation project brought diverse residents together for a shared mission to make an important statement about the importance of coming together. We hope the mural will raise awareness of the need for racial reconciliation in our city and serve as a spark for other diverse residents to come together and work together for the common good," she said.
Saturday’s program will take place at the NORDC facility from 10-11 a.m., and will include a discussion with youth and project partners alongside community members. The one hour program will be followed by a community block party.
“We are excited about Saturday’s unveiling and would like to thank the Welcome Table New Orleans Mid-City Circle for selecting the Lafitte Greenway as the site for this collaborative community mural,” Vic Richard, CEO of NORDC, said. “This beautiful corridor connects neighbors in different parts of the City and promotes collaboration and community partnerships. The mural is a perfect addition to what we are creating on the Greenway, as it displays everything that NORDC exists to incite; bringing residents together in a healthy, safe space that provides something for everyone.”
A collage of community-created designs compose the overarching imagery, as a series of interlocking hands filled with various colors and hues form the framework for the mural. Together the hands create unity and serve as a symbol of helping one another and the importance of greeting and embracing one another in building community. The mural was brought to life by community members ranging in age from 6 to 60 years old.
“Located along the Lafitte Greenway, the Lemann Pool Mural serves as a visible reminder of the power art can have to transform and revitalize communities,” Arts Council President + CEO Nick Stillman said. “This process brought artists, youth, and the community together to reflect on the important issues of race and reconciliation and resulted in a collaborative visual narrative depicting the neighborhoods reflection on these important issues.”
The collaborative effort the Lemann Mural Project was supported by:
The Welcome Table New Orleans is a city-wide initiative of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office focused on race, reconciliation, and community. The Welcome Table New Orleans’ Mid-City Circle is the lead organization for this mural project. (welcometableneworleans.org)
Young Artists’ Movement is a collective of youth and youth serving arts organizations dedicated to mural making as a social movement in New Orleans.
Prospect New Orleans is a citywide triennial of contemporary art. Emphasizing collaborative partnerships, Prospect presents the work of diverse international artists in unique and culturally exceptional venues, thereby creating an optimistic cartography for the future through the education and engagement of residents and visitors. Prospect New Orleans is supporting lead artist Keith Duncan with his honorarium through the organization’s Bridge Years Community Engagement Program. (prospectneworleans.org)
Arts Council New Orleans is a private, multidisciplinary, nonprofit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council’s mission is to support the cultural community of the city and demonstrate how art transforms communities. (artsneworleans.org)
NORDC provides safe, wholesome, educational, recreational and culturally engaging opportunities to the residents of New Orleans. For more information about NORDC, visit www.nordc.org
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