What's Up Downtown
10 March 2017 Issue

YLC's 2017 Wednesday at the Square concert series at Lafayette Square in Downtown NOLA begins Wednesday, March 15 and runs every Wednesday through May 24 from 5p-8p. WATS is an entirely volunteer led event, and YLC's largest annual fundraiser, helping to raise funds which directly supports YLC's 15 community service projects, working to improve the quality of life in the New Orleans region.
Kicking off the free 12-week concert series Wednesday will be Irma Thomas and Jamal Batiste Band. For a complete list of performers, CLICK HERE.
The DDD is a major sponsor.


March 10 - 12
The 62nd Annual New Orleans Home & Garden Show 
presented by ClearWater Pool & Spa returns to the Dome this March! The 2017 show will highlight best building practices, energy efficiency, latest technology, security, healthy cooking and healthy lifestyles.
Expect fan-favorite features, exhibits and workshops to return this year including Dare2Dive, Outdoor Cooking Experience, Bark Park, Technology Experience Centers, Hi Tech Home Theatre, Ask an Expert and Ultimate Outdoor Living.
Click here for details.

The annual Gala and Patron Party celebrates cinema like never before - craft cocktails, gourmet fare, live music, keynote honorees and a live auction add to the unforgettable night. Champagne & Caviar from 7-8p Dinner & Dancing from 8-11p.
Tuesday, March 21, 2p - 4:30p, Ogden Museum
The Civic Innovation Summit provides a great opportunity to continue conversations around the future of New Orleans in the lead up to the City's Tricentennial in 2018. This event will call specifically on the private sector to add perspective & partner with the public sector to address risks to the future of New Orleans.
The event features opening remarks by Mayor Landrieu followed by three short panels with local leaders in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.
Click here for details.  

19th Annual Children's World's Fair

Travel the world in a single day at the 19th Annual Children's World's Fair - Saturday, March 25 at the Louisiana Children's Museum in Downtown NOLA. The Children's World's Fair is a daylong journey that explores what is unique and universal to countries and cultures around the globe. 
Travelers will have a full itinerary as they enjoy lively, cultural performances and explore the games, music, literature, native attire, crafts and flavors of destinations including Croatia, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, India, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland.
Click here for details.

Saturday, March 25, 5p-8p
For the last four years,  The National World War II Museum has partnered with the Young Benefactors to create a night full of generosity and good times. In 2016, Drafts for Crafts helped fund the final push in the decade-long restoration of PT-305, The National WWII Museum's WWII combat-veteran patrol-torpedo boat. In 2017, the party is relocating to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain for an official relaunch celebration. Proceeds from this year's Drafts for Crafts will support the boat's first year on the water.
Click here for details.

Bike Share Preview 

The City of New Orleans, in conjunction with  Social Bicycles Inc. (SoBi),  is offering a preview of the City's bike share program through March 31.  Click here for locations and details.

NOEW, Monday, March 20, 11am - 4pm, join the DDD, CANO and LCEF for the fifth annual Creative Industries Summit featuring the Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch. The Pitch event is aimed at identifying and supporting entrepreneurs that have an arts-based project or product that benefits the Downtown Development District, that is preferably scalable and is situated in the creative, architecture, technology, digital media or film/entertainment fields. Finalists competing for over $40K in resources are:

NOLA DNA - Delivers history on demand by unlocking a unique archive of 1885-1929 newspapers: providing access via locus based media platforms.
Gigsy LLC -  Sells enterprise level photo and video service products and facilitates a paid apprenticeship for talented New Orleans youth.
OperaCr√©ole  - Dedicated to preserving and performing the operatic works of people of color, especially 19th Century N.O. composer.
Two Girls One Shuck - Traveling Oyster Bar! Catering services providing fresh shucked raw and grilled oysters throughout the city.
Young Artist MovementFirst city-wide youth mural program, engaging youth, artist and communities in sustained public art and place making.

In anticipation of the pitch, CANO and LCEF will host two forums focused on the creative economy.  "International Leaders Report on worldwide Creative Commerce Trends" and "The Win/Win of Cultural Entrepreneurship - Putting Your Passions to Work."

Other sponsors for this year's pitch include Postlethwaite & Netterville, Jones Walker, Wisznia, beta, Corporate Realty, Domain Companies and The Shop.

  Click here  to Register for the event.

 Art Downtown

Lunchbox Lecture

Guenter Bischof presents Marshall Plan in Austria
Wednesday, March 15
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center
Victory is Served: 1940s Cooking Demonstration
Thursday, March 16
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Southern Food and Beverage Museum
2017 Winston S. Churchill Symposium
Saturday, March 18
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
BB's Stage Door Canteen

945 Magazine St
Click here for listing of exhibits


The CAC is inviting contemporary visual artists to submit to the 2017 Open Call for Submissions. Artists who live, show work, or have held an artist residency (during the 2016 calendar year) in New Orleans or the surrounding region (within 200 miles of New Orleans city limits) are eligible to apply. Click here for details.
900 Camp St
Click here for listing of exhibits

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
925 Camp St
Click here for listing of exhibits

LeMieux Galleries
Alan Gerson
Recent Works
Now - April 15
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4, 6p - 8p

332 Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
"Color Correction"
Now - March 25
"Watercolor + Collage"
Now - March 25
400A Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits 

View Areas Impacted by Construction

The City of New Orleas and Sewerage and Water Board are working together to implement an unprecedented program to restore our damaged infrastructure. Using a combination of local and federal funds, the $2.4B  program will be the most comprehensive that our region has seen in a generation. There will be several types of construction: Full Depth Reconstruction; Patch, Mill and Overlay; Patch Concrete; Incidental Road Repairs; Bridges; Non-Paving Incidentals; and Streetscapes. 

Click here to view area currently being impacted by construction including Downtown New Orleans.

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.