Gentilly Resilience District launches lantern walk, online program, public art project
In March 2019, the Gentilly Resilience District installed viewing boxes throughout the neighborhood for residents to get a glimpse of the developing designs for Gatto and Filmore Playground, Wildair Drive, and Wingate Drive. As the design phase for the projects nears completion, the group is celebrating with the St. Anthony Green Streets Lantern Walk and Online Program.
From Thursday (Sept. 10) to Sept. 20, pillars and solar-powered lanterns at nine locations will provide a special, COVID-adjusted experience for neighborhood residents and all New Orleanians. Each will preview green infrastructure proposed for neighborhood parks and streets. In addition, it will unveil public art projects by artists Courtney Egan, Langston Allston, Brendon Palmer-Angell, Carl Joe Williams, and the Young Artist Movement.
Residents are invited to come out in the evenings when the sun has set and the air is a bit cooler. Make sure to bring a mask in case you run into a neighbor.
In the days ahead, each household in the neighborhood will receive a hand-delivered package with the following contents: a map of all lantern and pillar locations, artwork from each of the artists selected to create art pieces for the Gentilly Resilience District, and creative activities designed by the artist through which each household can engage the themes of water, ecology, resilience, and neighborhood history.
During those 10 days, there will be a series of online events with the artists, neighborhood residents, Arts Council New Orleans, the St. Anthony Green Streets project team (Batture LLC + Asakura Robinson), Water Leaders Institute, and city representatives (Resilient NOLA). The full program below.
ONLINE PROGRAM FOR SEPT. 10-20
KICKOFF — Thursday, 9/10 at 6 p.m.
Join for a full project update, intro to the program, and to meet artist Carl Joe Williams and the Young Artist Movement. Learn about their art projects for the London Avenue Canal Levee Breach Site and the NORA Rain Garden.
PLANTS & ECOLOGY — Saturday, 9/12 at 11 a.m.
Meet artist Coutney Egan and find out how you can contribute to the footbridge design for Filmore Playground. Talk about plants and ecology and learn how to use iNaturalist.
PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE — Tuesday, 9/15 at 6 p.m.
Meet artist Langston Allston and discuss the history of the neighborhood and the city, and what the future might hold.
PEOPLE AND WATER — Thursday, 9/17 at 6 p.m.
Meet artist Brendon Palmer-Angell, join a discussion about our relationship to water, and get involved in the creation of a new sculpture for Gatto Playground.
SHARE AND CONNECT — Saturday, 9/19 at 11 a.m.
Join us to share and see our collective creations. Learn more about how to get involved in the creation of the five public art projects that will become part of your neighborhood!