Landscape Work Begins on Indigenous Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans

Work began in September 2012 on the landscape portion of the first phase of the Donald Harrison, Sr., Cultural Arts Museum in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans.  A joint effort of Alembic Community Development, the Tulane City Center, and the Guardians Institute, a Mardi Gras Indian and cultural organization, the Museum will create a dedicated and secure space for Guardians Institute’s signature programs, cultural arts performances,  as well as host local artist exhibitions and educational events for youth.

2012-10 Guardians

Work on the Museum is proceeding in two phases.  Phase I, which the City Center began in the summer of 2011, comprises the development of outdoor performance, viewing and recreational areas, including an outdoor pavilion and performance stage.  Phase II will entail the development of a permanent building to house programs and securely display and store cultural arts pieces and artifacts.  

Alembic has worked on capacity-building efforts and project management with the Guardians Institute since 2008, and helped the Institute secure a grant from the City Center which  funded the design-build project that included a collaborative site planning and design process and culminated in the construction of the pavilion.  The Guardians Institute and Alembic subsequently secured a grant from the Wisner Foundation to fund an extensive hard- and soft-scape plan for the site that will help transform the property into a true community asset.

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