Fighting Poverty with Passion
Super Sunday was earlier this month, the most significant day of the year for the Mardi Gras Indian Council (MGIC), other than Mardi Gras itself. The festivities center around Lasalle Street, a cultural corridor in Central City and the future home of the Mardi Gras Indian Council Cultural Campus. Tulane City Center has been working with the Council for a few years on a visioning booklet for the campus, documentation and implementation of a digital archive, and on the acquisition of property on Lasalle Street across from A.L. Davis Park.
Last week they closed on the first property, a shotgun house on Lasalle, bringing them one step closer to their goal of establishing a Cultural Campus. The master plan that we developed with the MGIC reprograms two shotgun houses with a vacant lot in between the two. The lot will become a performance space and connect the houses on each side which will be gallery, studio, office and classroom spaces. The MGIC seeks to preserve and advance the traditions of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians and this Cultural Campus will provide them with the opportunity to have a presence on this corridor year round!
This weekend was also the South Quad Conference for the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Hundreds of architecture students visited New Orleans to attend the conference, hosted by the Tulane School of Architecture this year. Tulane City Center offered tours of our studio, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and projects such as Parisite Skatepark, Grow Dat and the Eco Pavilion in City Park.