New Orleans City Planning Commission Public Hearing

New Orleans City Planning Commission Public Hearing

“New Orleans is experiencing an affordable housing crisis. The Smart Housing Mix is one of the proactive tools in the toolkit for ensuring that all of our residents have access to affordable, quality housing,” said Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell. “We owe it to our people to consider all viable options that increase our affordable housing stock, and I am happy to sponsor this motion that directs CPC to study this policy.”

CITIZEN'S DEVELOPMENT FORUM

CITIZEN’S DEVELOPMENT FORUM

MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 20164:45PM-7PM

CHRISTIAN UNITY BAPTIST CHURCH | 1700 CONTI STREET, New Orleans, LA 70112

On January 25th, 2016, Blights Out, in partnership with Justice and Beyond Coalition, and the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, will host the first Citizen’s Development Forum of 2016 to collectively draft a Citizen’s Development Platform. Blights Out and partners invite citizens of New Orleans to join us as we envision, articulate and craft the People’s Plan for the future of development in New Orleans.

  • Why do we have blight? How can we turn blighted properties into assets for our communities?

  • How can we ensure that natives of New Orleans are not priced out of the city?

  • How can citizens gain more control over neighborhood development?

  • How can a right to return and permanently affordable housing be written into enforceable policy?

Our goals for this Forum are to:

  1. Outline the state of development in New Orleans today,

  2. Provide space for New Orleans residents to articulate injustices witnessed in their own lives in regards to housing and development politics, 

  3. Present examples of policy recommendation and solutions implemented by other US cities,

  4. Provide space for residents to articulate visions for the future of development in New Orleans.

In a follow-up forum, we will translate those visions into demands and design a creative action-oriented strategy for pushing policy.

Blights Out seeks the participation of stakeholders in the development of our city-- residents, community organizers, policy-makers, policy advocates, educators, urban planners, designers, architects, culture bearers, craftspeople, construction workers, and developers. We will privilege local voices and experiences but will welcome the global perspective of newcomers to our city. The Citizen’s Development Platform is the first stage of Blights Out’s BLIGHTS OUT FOR PRESIDENT campaign. 

About BLIGHTS OUT FOR PRESIDENT

Blights Out for President will utilize the visual forms and spatial strategies of election propaganda campaigns to embed a Citizen’s Development Platform into the electoral landscape. A series of “Citizen’s Development Fora” and informational workshops on housing rights and history will define injustices and articulate visions for the future. Performative and visual strategies will be used to drive policy. 

Timed to launch with the National Primaries in February 2016 and culminate with the November 2016 Presidential Election, the Platform will be anonymous and crowd-sourced under the umbrella of Blights Out, an alternative to top-down electoral politics that present the charismatic leader as the only viable political entity capable of effecting change. Blights Out for President will ask everyday citizens to position themselves as emergent leaders capable of visualizing and designing the course of their neighborhoods’ futures. 

BLIGHTS OUT FOR PRESIDENT is made possible thanks to the generous support of Press Street, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, and Art Matters.

 

A World Without Prisons: Blights Out Co-Founding Cultural Activist Imani Jacqueline Brown in Conversation

Thursday, October 29, 2015
5:30-7:30PM

Blights Out Co-Founding Cultural Activist Imani Jacqueline Brown in conversation with artists Jackie Sumell, Brandan 'BMike" Odums and VOICE.

Panel discussion and participatory demonstration with local artists, followed by a gallery opening featuring artistic work done by young people in response to Richard Ross’ photography, whose exhibit “Juveniles (In)justice” will be on display. The high school students’ art projects will be based on the question, “what could a world without prisons look like?”, and will be incorporated, along with UNO students’ projects, into a national traveling exhibit on the history of mass incarceration.

RISE: Social Justice by Design | National Organization of Minority Architects Annual Conference

October 15-17, 2015
City-Wide
New Orleans, LA

For full schedule, visit: http://www.nomala.org/noma-national-conference-2015/

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) is pleased to announce the 43rd Annual International Conference & Exposition, taking place October 15-17, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. The Conference theme this year is RISE: Social Justice by Design. While the design profession has seen a shift towards a more socially-conscious practice in recent years, NOMA has always been an organization centered around community engagement and social justice through the design process. With that in mind, this year, we are challenging our members and partners to rise in support of diversity in the profession and design justice in our communities.

RISE: Social Justice by Design | National Organization of Minority Architects Annual Conference

October 15-17, 2015
City-Wide
New Orleans, LA

For full schedule, visit: http://www.nomala.org/noma-national-conference-2015/

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) is pleased to announce the 43rd Annual International Conference & Exposition, taking place October 15-17, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. The Conference theme this year is RISE: Social Justice by Design. While the design profession has seen a shift towards a more socially-conscious practice in recent years, NOMA has always been an organization centered around community engagement and social justice through the design process. With that in mind, this year, we are challenging our members and partners to rise in support of diversity in the profession and design justice in our communities.

RISE: Social Justice by Design | National Organization of Minority Architects Annual Conference

October 15-17, 2015
City-Wide
New Orleans, LA

For full schedule, visit: http://www.nomala.org/noma-national-conference-2015/

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) is pleased to announce the 43rd Annual International Conference & Exposition, taking place October 15-17, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. The Conference theme this year is RISE: Social Justice by Design. While the design profession has seen a shift towards a more socially-conscious practice in recent years, NOMA has always been an organization centered around community engagement and social justice through the design process. With that in mind, this year, we are challenging our members and partners to rise in support of diversity in the profession and design justice in our communities.

Art and Activism Fundraiser for Blights Out @ The Foundation Gallery

Thursday, September 24, 2015
6:00PM
The Foundation Gallery
1109 Royal Street


https://www.facebook.com/events/721941431283277/

Join Blights Out and The Foundation Gallery for our September Art and Activism Event to benefit Blights Out! Blights Out will be in conversation with Loren Schwerd, and Cypress Building Conservation for a night of talks about democratizing development, architectural conservation, and the inherent dialogue between art and activism. Stop by for some wine, take in the "House" group exhibition, and support Blights Out!

$5 - $15 suggested donation. All proceeds from the door and 25% of proceeds from all sales benefit Blights Out!

The Foundation Gallery showcases the work of local and regional artists With bimonthly shows and other art events, the gallery strives to support artists and activism in our community and beyond. The gallery aims to support local and national non-profits by donating 25% of the proceeds from each sale made in the gallery and shop.

Loren Schwerd is a local artist and an associate professor of sculpture at Louisiana State University. She received her BFA in studio art from Tulane University and her MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University. Her series "Mourning Portrait" (on view) is a series of memorials to the communities of New Orleans that were devastated by the federal levee breaches that followed Hurricane Katrina.

Cypress Building Conservation is an architectural conservation company specializing in materials analysis and hands-on restoration. They bring together an understanding of historic building materials and technology to preservation projects by combining scientific analysis and graphic interpretation.

Carl Joe Williams in "Conversation: Geographies"

Thursday, September 17, 2015
7PM
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
900 Camp Street


http://cacno.org/public-programs/conversation-geographies

Blights Out Co-Founding Artist Carl Joe Williams will be in conversation with Rebecca Snedecker, Justin Shiels, and Jonathan Traviesa about his work in the exhibition REVERB: Past, Present, Future and contemporary art with a social justice vision in New Orleans.