The Faubourg St. Roch Project (FSRP) has as its mission the renaissance of one of New Orleans' most historic, urban neighborhoods. The organization was formed post-Katrina as a collective of neighborhood activists and New Orleans natives who have expertise in sustainable housing, preservation, finance and the arts. FSRP is augmenting the resources of longstanding institutions to help residents return to and benefit from a revitalized community. FSRP's strategies include rebuilding/renovating damaged housing, invigorating public spaces, and establishing and supporting commercial and community enterprises.
Tomorrow, Faubourg St. Roch Project & Arts Council of New Orleans present "Moments & Markings", the first Community Workshop for the St. Roch Community Public Art Project
WHAT: "Moments & Markings" is the first community workshop for the
St. Roch Community Public Art Project. In conjunction with the
Faubourg St. Roch Project, friends of FSRP and the community
are invited to initiate this exciting new project and meet
JEFRË, the environmental artist selected in a national competition
to design the Art Walk located on the St. Roch Avenue Neutral Ground.
WHERE: St. Roch Avenue Neutral Ground (Marais St. to North Roman St.)
located behind the historic St. Roch Farmers Market and
neighbor to the Home Space Gallery
WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 2008
Workshop 1-2 p.m.
Temporary Installation 2-5 p.m.
Viewing and Reception 5-11 p.m.
WHO: Jefre Figueras Manuel, known nationally as JEFRË, is an
inventive public artist from Orlando, Florida selected in a
national competition to work with St. Roch neighborhood
residents to design the St. Roch Art Walk.
The winning entry is based on investigating the moments and
markings of the St. Roch community and embedding the
community history within six blocks of the Neutral Ground.
PURPOSE: The first workshop is designed to gather and collect
community data through a series of public art exercises.
The exercises include a visual preference survey,
creation of a historical timeline, photographic documentation
exercises and participation in a temporary public art installation
entitled "Marque d'eau - Watermark."
The installation is in collaboration with the neighborhood and local
School children to recall the height of the water level during
Hurricane Katrina as one significant moment in New Orleans history.
The temporary installation will be composed of 30 neon pink,
inflatable 6' rafts that will be wrapped around the large oaks
along the Neutral Ground to demarcate the water line.
The installation will be internally lit and on display during
the duration of the evening.
CONTACT: Denise Estopinal / Carey Jiran
The Estopinal Group