Saturday, September 5, 2015

Under the Fig Tree: The Official opening of the Bienville-Basin Community Development

The newly renovated Bienville Basin Comunit Development officially opened Augst 29th, 2015. It was the former Iberville Housing Project that underwent a massive transformation over the last few years.

I, and the artists of Rhythm & Hues were delghted to share in a modest way in enhancing the streets with our "Talking Drums" recyled oil drums now being used as trash receptacles that will dot the landscape for months to come!

Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney reflecting on the new development.  Secretary Julian Castro in background.

 Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney (background Secretary Julian Castro, HUD)

Ribbon cutting. (l to r):Senator Mary Landrieu, N.O. Mayor itch Landrieu, Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney, Secretary of HUD Julian Castro

Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney, Curator?artist at Rhythm & Hues @ 1501.  Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La)

(l to r): Secretary Julian Castro, Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney & Secretary Shaun Donovan

Post ribbon cutting Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney

Some of the "Drummer" artists with City leaders

(l to r): The Honorable Shaun Donovan (Executive Director for the U.S. Office of Management & Budget & former Secretary of HUD), Jacquelyn Hughes Money, curator of Rhythm & Hues @ 1501, Jenae Wilson, artist Thelma Bowers, artist Sandra Blakely, artist Karel Sloane-Boekbinder & Sheila Pipps with Pres Kabacoff, CEO of HRI,Inc.

(l to r): Artist Jenae Wilson, HRI Properties, Inc partner & former Mayor of New Orleans Sidney Bartholomew, Artist Jacquelyn Hughes Money, curator of Rhythm & Hues @ 1501,  artist Thelma Bowers, artist Sandra Blakely, artist Karel Sloane-Boekbinder & Sheila Pipps

Even though the reporter got it wrong as I did not grew up in the Iberville Projects, it was a nice photo.  I spent 6 months there as an young adult (age 22).  It was beautifu back then in the early 70s.    I am glad to see it go through a new stage.

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