This is how a New Orleans Cultural Fund can do a lot to improve New Orleans for its musicians, culture bearers and businesses.
New Orleans is celebrated worldwide as a place of heritage and a destination to experience the music and culture that is part of the city’s core identify. The culture of New Orleans is rightly renowned the world over, but the flip side of our strong cultural tradition is the tradition of government either neglecting our culture, or actively hindering its development. The City continues to host hundreds of music and other festivals, crowds continue to spill out of clubs on a nightly basis, and cultural traditions deeply rooted in history continue to parade down streets in the present day. All the while, the City and State arts funding lag in the bottom quintile, and First Amendment be damned, the police department is arresting musicians for public performance. Gentrifying neighborhoods and rising rents continue to create culture clashes, and the City throws a nightly party for 18 million tourists each year without a strategy to manage this “other 9 to 5.”
It’s easy to be cynical about what’s happening with our Federal government in Washington, DC. Between the antagonism, gridlock and overall messiness of Congress, we sometimes lose sight of positive […]