What's Up Downtown
27 January 2017 Issue

Melvin White is one of our veteran Public Safety Rangers.  For nearly 16 years, Melvin has provided help to people representing all facets of our community, from stakeholders with quality of life concerns, to tourists looking for directions, even to the Homeless of our City looking for housing and job placement assistance.  As resident Bicycle Safety instructor, Melvin has trained nearly 75% of our current Ranger staff.  He is also one of eleven Rangers who assists Unity with their annual, "Point in Time" homelessness survey on the streets of New Orleans . Click here for more about DDD Public Safety Team.
Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery New Artist Loft Suites

The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
- a historic art-centric hotel in New Orleans' Warehouse/Arts District-debuted three new Artist Loft Suites curated by three artists from the Where Y'art gallery on Royal Street in the Marigny: Kate Hanrahan, Connor McManus and Leroy Miranda Jr.
Each suite now has décor and accessories personally crafted by the artist. The art pieces may also be purchased by the guests. Once guests purchase a work from one of the hotel's Artist Loft Suites, the artist will replace it with a new work so these suites will evolve and change over time.
Where Y'Art is 2014 Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch winner.


DDD 5th Annual Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch
As a Strategic Partner of the Idea Village for the 2017 Entrepreneur Season, the Downtown Development District along with CANO and LCEF will host the fifth annual "Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch" during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2017, the premier annual business festival, on Monday, March 20.

The DDD and other partners will provide a prize package valued at over $40,000 to the winner that will consist of numerous hours of professional legal, accounting, Public Relations and marketing services and cash.
Visit www.downtownnolaartsbusinesspitch.com for more details and to submit an application. The deadline for application submissions is Friday, February 3.


New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, presented by IBERIABANK, is the annual business festival celebrating entrepreneurship, innovation, and new thinking in New Orleans. Produced by The Idea Village in partnership with Solomon Group, NOEW will take place from March 19-24, 2017 at a brand-new campus, anchored by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Click here to check out the full lineup of events.
NADA 100

The National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo, the world's largest international gathering of franchised new-vehicle dealers, and American Truck Dealers are returning to New Orleans for its 100th anniversary. The four-day event will attract more than 23,000 attendees, which includes 1,500 international attendees from 35 countries. There are nearly 600 companies exhibiting at the Expo, which occupies 700,000 square feet of floor space at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Attendees will gather on Thursday, January 26, through Sunday, January 29. 

Click here for more information.

The 3-day home show is being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in Downtown NOLA. The event will be held from January 27 - 29. Nola Home Show 2017 will showcase a wide range of products and services related to home & garden sectors. Click here for more details.

Ochsner presents the 4th Annual King Cake Festival on Sunday January 29 - a celebration benefiting babies and children at Ochsner! Held in Champions Square, attendees can taste king cakes from the finest bakeries, enjoy live music and support pediatric programs! It's free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Monster Jam roars into Downtown NOLA Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This year features a very exciting lineup, including Grave Digger, Max-D and a female driver! The action starts at 7pm. You can increase the fun with Pit Passes   which allows you to get driver autographs, pictures with the trucks, and walk the official Monster Jam track.  Click here for more information. 
National World War II Museum New Entryway

The National World War II Museum has completed a new Founders Plaza, an entryway that is part of the museum's $370 million expansion project. The plaza spans Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp and Magazine Streets. It was dedicated Thursday, as the new name of the museum's American Spirit Bridge was unveiled: the Horatio Alger Association American Spirit Bridge.
 Art Downtown


Saturday February 4 is SweetArts 2017 - Black Tie Birthday Party celebration of the CAC's 40th Anniversary Season. The event is from 7pm - 11pm.

SweetArts 2017 Gala
The annual gala features food by local restaurants, an open bar, entertainment by T-Ray The Violinist and Twisted Dixie, and an art auction featuring more than 20 local artists.

SweetArts 2017 Late Night Party
The party continues starting at 9pm with DJ Riviera Slim (Ron Rona), dancing, and late-night eats. Tickets start at $50.

Mélange Exhibition
Now  -  Sunday, February 12   

Including films and recent works on paper, as well as the artist's vogue performance, this assembly of genre-bending works frames both Newsome's live performance and studio practice through the history of collage. Using layered constructions of formal material to investigate layered constructions of social identity, Mélange borrows from dance, technology, gaming, and hand-crafted collage for a transformative presentation of art in motion.
900 Camp St
Click here for listing of exhibits

LeMieux Galleries
Debra Howell
Now - February 24

332 Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
Anastasia Pelias
Now - January 28
Sisters is a body of work that responds to the power and the expression of the female voice. The works are large-scale oil stick paintings on paper using a personal vocabulary of line, gestural marks, color and texture.

400A Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits 

View Areas Impacted by Construction


City of New Orleans Department of Public Works has traffic coordination maps for the major portions of the City that are currently being impacted by construction including Downtown New Orleans. Visit www.nola.gov/dpw/traffic-coordination to view them. The maps are updated every 2 weeks.


Downtown in the Palm of Your Hands

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.


Downtown organizations may register and add their company and/or event to the site for freeClick here to begin your post. 


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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.