The corner of Edgewood and Boulevard will be the epicenter of a vibrant arts district this weekend. The first project from the newly founded, local non-profit Public Acts of Art, AXIOM: Baby Proof will exhibit art in the Old Fourth Ward from a staggering list of local talent on Saturday.
The Edgewood corridor doesn't possess the wealth of galleries that neighborhoods like Castleberry Hill or the Westside Arts District can claim. That fact hasn't stopped event organizers Alana Wolf and Danny Davis, rather, it's encouraged them. "The whole reason I'm running around begging favors, building out spaces, and working late into the night is to see this neighborhood excel. I want to see what's in this neighborhood put forward and given a lot of light," Davis says.
Light, as it turns out, is a major concern. The event will occupy four nontraditional spaces - mostly empty retail space - as well as the upstairs gallery at Danneman's Coffee shop. The currently vacant locations all needed lighting installed to transform them into functional galleries.
AXIOM has benefited from the generosity of neighborhood businesses and landlords. Lighting Loft donated boxes of lighting, Wonderroot is covering expenses for the Cheap Paper show and a 60-foot-long mural that will be painted during the event, and the vacant real estate has been offered free of charge.
Public Acts of Art's director Alana Wolf, who also works as an event coordinator for the Alanta Contemporary Art Center, sees the use of nontraditional spaces as integral to their vision. Wolf visited Prospect 1 in New Orleans last year and felt assured of the success contemporary art can have outside of traditional galleries. "People can really engage with difficult work, but it has to be out there," she says.
AXIOM: Baby Proof will be out there Sat., Nov. 21. The event gets rolling at 5 p.m. and lasts into the night.
A short guide to some of the events:
The Cheap Paper collective will exhibit a group show at 476 Edgewood featuring work from it's collective members and music by Nathaniel Murphy:
- Amy Yochum
- Geoffrey Smith
- Katie Coleman
- Kelly McKernan
- Larissa Greer
- Meriam Salem
- Patrick Davis
- Robin Gillis
Upstairs at Danneman's Coffee:
A group show of fiber artists:
Jane Gillian Morrow
The Fundred Dollar Bill project will share space upstairs at Danneman's:
The Fundred Dollar Bill project, a national arts project founded by internationally renowned artist Mel Chin, will host a table at Danneman's Coffee Shop, where participants will be able to create artwork that goes towards helping mitigate the problem of lead poisoning in New Orleans.
Performances from Hope Hilton and 3am project will happen throughout the evening, as well as live, mobile print making from Drive by Press and mural painting by Katie Hall.
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