What's Up Downtown
June 16 2017 Issue
LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE DOWNTOWN 
PLACE OR PERSON!
   
Deadline - Tonight

The 6th Annual Downtown NOLA Awards luncheon, which celebrates 5 honorees who have made a positive impact on Downtown New Orleans, is now accepting nominations. The deadline to submit nominations is June 16. Winners will be announced this summer and celebrated at the awards luncheon to be held Friday, September 22.

Click here for more information and to submit nominations.

DDD AND ARTS COUNCIL NEW ORLEANS RECEIVE GRANT FOR DUNCAN PLAZA



Wednesday, Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces announced the three U.S. cities that have been awarded this year's Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grants. Now entering its fourth year, this exciting grant program has helped local organizations and partners in 20 cities to re-imagine and reactivate important but under-performing public spaces in their communities.

"The DDD is working to be a leader in creating a greener New Orleans, and to improve access to public space for an expanding group of Downtown users," said DDD President & CEO Kurt Weigle. "Duncan Plaza is positioned to become a renowned park in Downtown NOLA that will improve the quality of life for all New Orleanians, while attracting visitors and catalyzing new investment. This valuable partnership with the Arts Council and Southwest takes us one step closer to realizing that vision."

"The Arts Council's strategic plan reimagines the role an Arts Council can have in transforming a community," Arts Council President & CEO Nick Stillman said. "It's empowering for our work to be recognized and supported through competitive national grants. We are grateful to both the Downtown Development District for their partnership and Southwest Airlines for supporting our work and investing in growing the creative culture of New Orleans." 

FESTIGALS 2017!

 

June 22-24 - JW Marriott
 
Join ladies from all over for a weekend of fun and empowerment in Downtown NOLA. FestiGals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting, educating and inspiring women through seminars and events that empower, showcase the culture of New Orleans, and raise awareness and resources for targeted women's causes. DDD is proud to be a sponsor.
 
Click here for a complete schedule of events and speakers.

LIBERTY'S KITCHEN CELEBRATES SECOND LOCATION



Liberty's Kitchen held the opening celebration for its second location on the third floor of the Freeport - McMoRan building on June 1. Liberty's Kitchen is a nonprofit organization that "provides New Orleans' young people with pathways to create and achieve their vision of success through workforce training, leadership development, and support of healthy lifestyles."

FREE MOVIES AT THE ORPHEUM  

 

The Orpheum Theater in Downtown NOLA has announced the lineup for its summer film series. All films are free and open to the public, and all seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Here's the schedule:
 
June 22 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at 2 p.m.; La Land at 7 p.m.
July 6 - Moana at 2 p.m.; Planes, Trains & Automobiles at 7 p.m.
July 27 - Alice in Wonderland at 2 p.m.; Singin' in the Rain at 7 p.m.
 
More information is available here.

ARTHUR ROGER DONATES PERSONAL ART COLLECTION TO NOMA

      
Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans celebrates art collector and Downtown NOLA gallery owner Arthur Roger's transformational gift of his entire personal art collection to the New Orleans Museum of Art.
 
Spotlighting one of the city's most groundbreaking contemporary art collections, the exhibition (on view June 23-September 3) explores the rise of modern and contemporary art in New Orleans. Since its founding in 1978, the Arthur Roger Gallery has been one of New Orleans most exciting venues for contemporary art.


SILICON BAYOU NEWS


 
Wednesday, June 21, Silicon Bayou News is inviting the entire entrepreneurial community to their 2nd annual Silicon Bayou Summer Kickoff Party! There will be food trucks, pool access, and more.

Click here for more information.

NOMTN HEADS ESSENCE FEST PRESS ROOM

       

The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network is proud to be a sponsor of this year's Essence Festival press junket with first-time exclusive rights to daytime press room activations all three days. NOMTN is seeking participation from the community and encouraging submissions from restaurants, galleries, nightlife, local personalities, and more to put on display in the press room. Submissions should be sent to info@SoulofNewOrleans.com on or before June 19, 2017.
The Daytime Press Room will be located at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and opened to credentialed media only between June 30 - July 2.

CAC SUMMER CAMP

 

Ages: 6 through 14

CAC Summer Arts Camp 2017 aims to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the creativity of campers through the powerful combination of books and art. Each week campers explore a different story that teaches them to appreciate themselves, their communities, and the world around them.

More information is available here.


TSUNAMI HAPPY HOUR



.... Have you been to Tsunami for Happy Hour yet? Check them out on the 1st floor of the Pan Am building corner of St. Charles & Poydras. 504-608-3474

FULTON ALLEY'S JUNE MUSIC SERIES

 

Fulton Alley's free music series, curated by Winter Circle Productions, is every Friday & Saturday night in June! Shows begins at 10:00pm and is free to the public (21+). View the complete June calendar here and reserve your lane in advance at 504-208-5569. Enjoy the fun!

            

CITY RFP FOR OPERATOR TO EXPAND HOMELESS SERVICES AT THE OLD VA HOSPITAL


The City of New Orleans has issued a national Request for Proposals (RFP) to find an operator to provide expanded homeless services at the former Veterans Affairs hospital. A nonprofit partner will be selected through a competitive process based on the organization's experience and proven track record serving the homeless population. The RFP can be found here external link.

Earlier this year, the New Orleans City Council approved a 5-year Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA), which provides $1.5 million in annual funding for the new shelter split between the city, the Downtown Development District and the New Orleans Convention Center.

 
 CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
 

THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM

Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front
Now Open (permanent exhibit) 

The Greatest Legislation: The GI Bill - Then and Now
Tuesday, June 20
5:00pm Reception | 6:00pm Discussion
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

Family Overnight
All Families with Children Aged 7-12
Saturday, June 24
5:00pm - 7:00am
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
Louisiana Residents get Free Admission every Sunday. Courtesy of the Helis Foundation.

Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures
Now - June 18
 
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen
Now - June 18
   
Click here for listing of exhibits

LeMieux Galleries
 
Face to Face: A Group Show
Now - July 29
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3, 6-8pm

332 Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits
 
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
 
Sidonie Villere
"Interruption"
Now - July 22
 
Nurhan Gokturk
"Salons"
Now - July 22

400A Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits 

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: CANAL ST.

 

Ongoing Lane Reduction: Expect one travel lane to be closed on Canal St. between Exchange Place and Bourbon St. in preparation for future pavement operations in the 100 block of Bourbon St.

Click here  to view areas throughout the city currently being impacted by construction.

DDD PRIVATE PROPERTY 
GRAFFITI GRANT

    

To combat graffiti on private property, the DDD offers private property owners a fifty percent (50%) reimbursement up to a maximum of $2,500 (up from $1,000) per structure to offset the expense of graffiti removal from their property including repainting cost. To participate in the DDD's Graffiti Removal Program, please complete the Private Property Graffiti Removal Agreement.
 
The DDD Clean Team has been successful in swiftly removing graffiti from public property and encourages private property owners to do the same. Research shows that removal within 48 hours is effective in discouraging repeat vandalism.

DOWNTOWN NOLA APP
Downtown in the Palm of Your Hands


Download the free Downtown NOLA Mobile App featuring the Downtown guide, SafeWalk and ways to communicate directly with the DDD about Downtown matters. Download now by clicking on one of the links below to have Downtown NOLA in the palm of your hand.

ADD YOUR BUSINESS TO THE DDD WEBSITE

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SAFECAMNOLA.COM 

Register Your Security Camera with NOPD to Help Fight Crime

 

If you own a security camera in New Orleans, you can now register it with NOPD to help detectives solve crimes in your neighborhood and provide strong evidence to put offenders away. 

 

The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, in partnership with the NOPD, launched a new online service called Safecam NOLA.  The program allows residents and business owners to register their security cameras with New Orleans Police. The SafecamNOLA project is an expansion of "Safecam8," which was an on-line program that Downtown residents and business owners in the Eighth Police District have been using for years to register their cameras with Eighth District police.  The 1,302 8th District cameras that are in that system are now included in the citywide SafecamNOLA system.  

 

Please visit www.SafecamNOLA.com to enroll today.