2018 National Planning Conference

Cultural Planning in New Orleans Neighborhoods

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT

Location: Mobile Workshop Departure Area

CM | 2.50

Cost: $70.00

Activity Type: Mobile Workshops

Activity ID: NPC180008


  • How planning, zoning, and other policy decisions have directly impacted music and cultural spaces throughout New Orleans
  • New strategies to integrate or maintain cultural spaces and practices (such as live music) into largely residential areas while also mitigating potential unwanted byproducts, such as excessive sound/traffic
  • How to use collaborative decision-making to support cultural practices and improve the economic well-being of artists, musicians, and traditional culture bearers


From brass bands to bounce clubs, New Orleans’s music and culture originates in its neighborhoods. But for years culture was treated as a problem rather than an asset, leading to the loss of many historic music venues and the ongoing displacement of musicians and artists. Recently a number of musicians, artists, traditional culture bearers, and activists have been working with city planners to change that paradigm and ensure that the culture—and its creators—are supported. Tour locations that exemplify both the recent successes and ongoing challenges facing culture in New Orleans, and how policy and planning have influenced them.

Mobile Workshop Guides

Ethan Ellestad
Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

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