Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue (Knoxville, TN)
7:00 PM19:00

Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue (Knoxville, TN)

Gomela is based on hope, survival, courage and the resilience that exists in the face of oppression. It is about the heartbeat of a people that will never die, the culture and traditions that continue to evolve, grow and survive the test of time. It illuminates Place Matters— gentrification and the Right of Return of New Orleanians displaced after Katrina; and Black Lives Matter—the beauty and resilience of black people, past and present. Ticket sales coming soon for this amazing performance.

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IdeasCity New Orleans
12:00 PM12:00

IdeasCity New Orleans

IdeasCity New Orleans, free and open to the public, will take place April 20th, 2019, in the neighborhood of Tremé at the Bell Artspace Campus. Centered around the theme of “Everyday Festival”, IdeasCity New Orleans will feature conversations, artist talks, prototypes, and demos by an array of local and internationally acclaimed cultural agent whose work engages the forces that define our cities including

Performances by local musicians and artists will occur throughout the day, curated by Junebug Productions’ Homecoming Project, a community-based storytelling performance series that maintains the relationship between culture and social change in New Orleans.


Act 1

12:00 – 12:30 PM
Pre Show Music by free feral
Words by Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes

12:15 – 1:00 PM
Opening Keynote
Kate Orff in conversation with Mayor LaToya Cantrell

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Storytelling and Entrepreneurship
Panel discussion with Black Thought, Franklin Leonard, dream hampton, Stephanie McKee, moderated by Hermione Malone.
Performance by Make Music NOLA

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Culture and Landscape
Panel Discussion with Kate Orff, Anne Rolfes, Austin Allen, moderated by Gia Hamilton

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Data as Ecology
Panel Discussion with Beth Coleman, Marshall Brown, Sue Mobley, moderated by Anne Rolfes. Performance by Kesha McKey & Jeremy Guyton


Act 2

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Build the Prototype
Presentation of work by IdeasCity Fellows, moderated by Bryan C. Lee

5:30 – 6:00 PM
Poetry Feature
Performance by Sunni Patterson & Frederick Hollywood Delahoussaye and local artists

6:00 – 7:00 PM
Art Everyday: Beyond the Museum
Panel Discussion with LOT-EK, Katey Red, Andrea Andersson and Gia Hamilton, moderated by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts. Performance by Washitaw Nation with Big Chief David Montana

7:00 – 8:00 PM
Closing Keynote
Black Thought in conversation with Imani Perry

8:00 – 9:00 PM
Film Screening
Curated by dream hampton and Shantrelle P. Lewis

For more information, visit: ideas-city.org

Leadership support of IdeasCity New Orleans is provided by the Kresge Foundation.

Major support for IdeasCity New Orleans is provided by:
Lambent Foundation
Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust

Lead support for the IdeasCity fellowship program is provided by The Rockefeller Foundation.

This project is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional support is provided by the Helis Foundation.

Special thanks to Hotel Peter and Paul, IdeasCity Hospitality Partner, and The Drifter Hotel.

Saturday’s festival is presented in collaboration with media partner PIN-UP Magazine for Architectural Entertainment.

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Homecoming Project: Water
7:30 PM19:30

Homecoming Project: Water

Homecoming Project: Water, presented in partnership with the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, explores the relationship we have with water through stories told in the form of dance, music, spoken word, and film.

Featuring Homecoming Project artists Sunni Patterson, Frederick Wood, Kesha McKey, Free feral, & Jeremy Guyton.

Food for sale from local food trucks.


About Homecoming Project:
Homecoming Project is a community-based, storytelling performance series that aims to marry high-quality artistic practice with a commitment to maintaining the essential relationship between art and progressive social change through engagement with New Orleans communities that have been historically oppressed and exploited.

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