What's Up Downtown
20 January 2017 Issue

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 $35,000 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 DDD would like to congratulate the Birdfoot Festival and its Young Artist Program for being chosen to receive the 2017 Arts Education Award at the 23rd Annual Tribute to the Classical Arts presented by Gambit and the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education  to be held Friday, January 27.
DDD is a proud supporter of the Birdfoot Festival.


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.
2017 Mardi Gras Clean-Up Operations Job Fair

City of New Orleans  Department of Sanitation and JOB1 will host the 2017 Mardi Gras Clean-Up Operations Job Fair to recruit 150 temporary employees during the upcoming Mardi Gras season. The job fair will take place on Friday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the second floor of the JOB1 Business and Career Solutions Center located at 3400 Tulane Ave.

Qualified individuals will be selected to attend an orientation session and register for a required, two-day job readiness class between January 30th and February 10th in advance of the Mardi Gras clean-up operation. Temporary employees will earn $10.55 an hour with the potential to earn, on average, $700 during the two-week Mardi Gras season, from February 17 to February 28.


Wednesday, January 25 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and Councilmember Jason Williams will host the January Job Fest at the St. Bernard Recreation Center. It will feature top employers from the tourism and hospitality industry, all of whom are looking for great, enthusiastic candidates. Applications will be available onsite.

 Art Downtown

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 
DOWNTOWN Traffic Advisory for Planned Marches 

The City of New Orleans issued reminders in advance of anticipated marches taking place Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21. The City encourages the public to be prepared for heavy pedestrian traffic in the specified areas.


Time: 3 p.m.
Starting Location: Duncan Plaza, Perdido Street
Ending Location: City Hall, Poydras Street
Route: Duncan Plaza to Canal Street, turn onto Magazine Street, turn onto Poydras Street, ending at City Hall on Poydras Street.


Time: 1 p.m.
Starting Location: Washington Square Park
Ending Location: City Hall
Route: Down Elysian Fields Avenue to Decatur Street, cross Canal Street and continue on Magazine Street, turn onto Poydras Street, continue to Loyola Avenue, turn onto Perdido Street and end at Duncan Plaza.


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.