Culture Collision – More Reasons to Love Nola

A relationship with your city is like any other – you have to put in the hours to get the best results. I’ve been back in New Orleans for a little over 2 years now, but it was only recently that I committed to start investing more into this great city.

Events like last night’s Culture Collision make that much easier. Sponsored by WWNO & New Orleans & Me, it brought together over 60 cultural organizations that are working and thriving in the city. Speaking to so many people who have real and obvious passion for what they do brought me to new levels of NOLA sappiness.

Here’s a list of some of the stand outs:

  • The Drop: Encourages a new generation of art collectors with their unique approach to buying and selling art. You can get a limited edition print for as little as $80!
  • St Claude Lab:  A reaction to the drastic funding cuts in arts programs over the past few years, the LAB created a multidisciplinary curriculum that presents St. Claude Avenue as a space for students to explore the ecology, history, and design of their neighborhoods.
  • New Orleans Fringe: Annual performance festival that “brings fearless performers to fearless audiences.”
  • Prospect New Orleans: Leading contemporary artists from around the globe exhibit at venues around the city. Look at for P3 in Fall 2014.
  • New Orleans Friends of Music: In it’s 59th season this year! Check out their website for info about the 7 concerts this season. (I’m particlarlly excited about the Harlem Quartet FREE Family concert on Oct 20th)
  • The Ogden: You’ve probably heard of the Ogden, but did you know that they do Ogden After Hours every Thursday night? It’s a great place to meet and mingle with the younger art loving NOLA crowd. There’s music, art of course, and even an art’s workshop table for budding artists of all ages.
  • Where Y’art: Much needed online resource for artists of all disciplines in New Orleans.