BRW 2017 | HOME [people + lives]

BRW is pleased to announce our 2017 theme, HOME [people + lives], which will serve as the foundation of dialogue and exploration to better understand the relationship between the people of New Orleans and Louisiana’s coastal communities and the place that we call home.

BRW aims to foster discussion of the ever-changing landscape of South Louisiana both as the land and population adapt and shift. BRW VII | HOME [people + lives] will serve as a platform for some of the most integral and influential organizations and individuals in the community to discuss the issues most impacting their HOME. From sea level rise to displacement, the people and places in South Louisiana continue to change, and with that their needs and requirements of keeping their HOME safe, vibrant, and recognizable.

BRW 2017 will include a series of FREE events, over the course of three days. Free tickets to all events can be found here.

thursday | april 6, 6-8.30pm

We will co-host a film screening and discussion of New Orleans-based documentary, Back Story, at Cafe Istanbul with local partners: Institute of Women + Ethnic Studies and NOVAC.

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, the staff at the Inst itute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES) felt the need to create a project designed to change the distorted perception of young Black men in America, and do so through a compassionate lens. This documentary follows five Black males (ages 15-19) from varying backgrounds in the Greater New Orleans area over a six month period. Tracing their early experiences to their future goals and aspirations, BACK STORY was created to show the true experiences of Black males through their own eyes.

Starting in September 2013, the young men were provided with cameras to document their lives and reflect on their every day experiences. The guys come from different parts of the city and have a range of educational backgrounds, allowing viewers to get a glimpse into the breadth of the Black male experience. In addition to the footage gathered by the young men, IWES staff traveled to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to collect footage and insight from Black men attending the event. Staff also interviewed civil rights leaders Marc Morial, former New Orleans Mayor and National Urban League President and CEO, and Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network founder and President.

Help spread the word! [back story flyer]

friday | april 7, 2.30-4.30pm [reception 5-6.30pm]

We will co-host an opportunity to learn in the field, with the Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans, to explore history, preservation, and stormwater challenges that affect the neighborhood and lives of those who call it HOME. We will look at death and new life, beginning at the historic Lafayette No. 2 and St. Joseph Cemeteries, both founded in the mid-1800s when the neighborhood began, and where two different methods of stormwater management and preservation are
taking place.

Continuing into the neighborhood, local agency representatives will discuss the diversity and evolution of the housing landscape, including preservation efforts and blight. The tour will culminate on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, one of the oldest commercial districts, which just ten years ago had been languishing and is now an area experiencing growth and
rejuvenation.

Anyone is welcome to join us for wine and snacks afterward at The Blue House from 5-6.30pm.

Help spread the word! [walking tour flyer]

saturday | april 8, 9am-2pm

We will culminate in a workshop at the Arlene Meraux River Observation Center in St. Bernard Parish, which will feature eclectic sessions, dialogues, and thematic exploration of sub-themes that speak to this year’s theme. The workshop is open to all and seeks participation from New Orleans and South Louisiana residents, local community leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, academics, and non-profits whose work and priorities support the exploration of HOME and what that means for the future of the region.

Updates on specific panels soon to come!

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