Tours + Events

The conference off-site events and tours give you an opportunity to explore places you aren't likely to see on your own, and to hear from the New Orleanians who are shaping the arts and communities of the city.

Alex Podesta's City Watch

Eric Dallimore's Untitled #6209

Transportation will be provided for Friday and Saturday afternoon off-site tours. Advance registration is required.

Friday, November 13

New Orleans Public Art
Explore “Art in Public Places,” 19 public artworks displayed throughout New Orleans neighborhoods.
Commissioned in 2008 by the Arts Council of New Orleans and the Joan Mitchell Foundation to support the unique work of New Orleans artists, the project allowed the artists to create large-scale artworks which benefit both the artists’ careers and the city’s blossoming recovery. The tour will be led by Morgana King, Public Art Manager, Arts Council of New Orleans and coordinator of the Alliance of Artists Communities' 2006 "Creative Renewal: Hurricane Relief Residencies."

Barataria Preserve at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Changing Ecololgy Wetlands Tour
Botanist David Baker, who serves as environmental curator at A Studio in the Woods, will lead participants to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve's Barataria Preserve. The tour will explore Louisiana's bottomland hardwood forest, and examine the transition from forest to marsh and its implications for life in the Gulf Coast. The Barataria Preserve outside Marrero offers a taste of Louisiana’s wild wetlands, with 20,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes, forests, alligators, nutrias, and over 300 species of birds.

This tour is limited to 25 people, and will involve a good deal of walking. Participants will receive shrimp boots, which are yours to keep. Tour fee, $25

Hot Iron Press

Hot Iron Press: Printmaking Workshop
Visit Hot Iron Press – an artist-run printshop and residency program – and join founders Kyle Bravo and Jenny LeBlanc for a workshop on the basics of screenprinting and letterpress. No prior printmaking experience is necessary, and all participants will be able to complete their own print.

This workshop is limited to 20 people. Workshop fee, $25

Natsu's installation at KKProjects

Mel Chin's Safe House

Saturday, November 14

Alternative Art Spaces
Discover artist-led alternative spaces in post-Katrina New Orleans, and how artists have transformed facilities and neighborhoods to tell their stories. The tour will include visits to KKProjects (including Mel Chin's Safe House) and other galleries and art spaces along the St. Claude corridor. KKProjects is based in the St. Roch neighborhood in six previously abandoned structures: a former bakery, a storefront, and four 1800s houses. Each structure houses a site-specific installation for a 3-month exhibition period. Local and international artists are invited to work with the spaces as they find them, as well as with the surrounding physical and cultural environment. KKProjects is dedicated to an ongoing conversation with its neighbors. Through art projects involving the greater social ecosystem, the project exists to cultivate creativity and inspire the hearts, minds, and economy of the St Roch neighborhood and its visitors.

A Studio in the Woods

A Studio in the Woods
Located in 7.66 forested acres on the Mississippi River, A Studio in the Woods is dedicated to preserving the endangered bottomland hardwood forest and providing within it a peaceful retreat where visual, literary, and performing artists can work uninterrupted. The grounds of A Studio in the Woods are presented to the resident artist in their most pristine condition. The founders have intruded as little as possible to respectfully create spaces for living, making, presenting, writing, and contemplating.


Panorama Jazz Band

The Historic New Orleans Collection's Merieult House
Special Events

Opening Reception, Wednesday, November 11

Historic New Orleans Collection
We'll kick off the conference with music from the Panorama Jazz Band and local food and drink at the Historic New Orleans Collection. The Panorama Jazz Band’s instrumentation (clarinet, saxophone, trombone, accordion, banjo, tuba and drums) gives them a distinctive, all-acoustic sound and their repertoire draws from New Orleans jazz and various musical traditions around the world. "This is New Orleans – meaning America – at its most panoramic. A land where a waltz fades into brass band jazz, where a Gypsy chochek bumps up against a Creole Mazurka,” writes Michael Tisserand.

The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. The buildings of The Collection’s museum and research center reflect the architecture of New Orleans and The Collection’s commitment to preserving the French Quarter and its unique structures. Steeped in history, the buildings tell the stories of the generations of men, women, and children whose spirits linger in the books, documents, and images preserved in the rooms and galleries.

The Historic New Orleans Collection is located in the French Quarter and is a 10-minute walk from the conference hotel. Maps will be provided.

Dr. Michael White
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Reception, Thursday, November 12

Newcomb Art Gallery
Join your colleagues for a reception at the Newcomb Art Gallery and music by the Michael White Quartet. Dr. Michael White is a local legend and leading force in the legacy of traditional New Orleans Jazz. Having played with Wynton Marsalis and countless other jazz greats, White shares his knowledge and experience as a musicologist, historian, teacher, composer, performer, and bandleader. White has been awarded two residencies at A Studio in the Woods, and was a 2008 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award. [ read more about Dr. Michael White ]

The Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University is located in New Orleans' historic Garden District. During the conference, the Gallery will feature the mixed-media installation, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Made in America, examining American Indian life in contrast to the consumerism of contemporary society. Quick-to-See Smith's work is centered by her political activism and strong American Indian spirituality. Born in 1940 on the Flathead Reservation in Montana to Flathead Salish, French-Cree, and Shoshone parents, Quick-to-See Smith became an artist while in her 30s. Since then, she has developed a distinctive modernist style and received international critical acclaim.

The Newcomb Art Gallery is in the Garden District, on the campus of Tulane University. Transportation will be provided to and from the reception.

New Orleans Creative Glass Institute

Glass-Blowing Party, Friday, November 13

New Orleans Creative Glass Institute

The New Orleans Creative Glass Institute formed in 2006 as an open access studio for professional glass artists, glass enthusiasts, and beginning glass students. Studio rental and an extensive selection of classes in glass blowing, fusing, casting, and lampwork are offered year-round. At NOCGI's monthly glass party, grab a beer, make new friends, and check out artist and NOCGI director Carlos Zervigon's giant glass sculpting demo.

NOCGI is in Mid-City [ 3924b Conti Street ], a 20-minute cab ride from the conference hotel. Transportation will not be provided, though attendees will be encouraged to share cabs to and from NOCGI.

Closing Dinner + Awards Party,
Saturday, November 14

Preservation Resource Center
Wrap up the conference with dinner and dancing, local food, music by The New Orleans All-Star Brass Band, and good company, and celebrate this year's awardee, The Joan Mitchell Foundation. New Orleans' Preservation Resource Center is dedicated to promoting the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods.

Dinner reception tickets: $35, conference attendees; $40, guests

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I just wanted to thank you for making a newcomer to your conference feel so welcome. I also wanted to congratulate you on such an organized, content- and experience-filled conference … with sessions and conversations that left me truly inspired and energized!
–2008 Conference attendee

The Alliance's 19th Annual Conference is supported in part by grants from The Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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