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New Orleans Now: Can Art Help Heal a Broken City?


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Pink Tree Pink by Elizabeth Underwood.  Source: Elizabeth Underwood

"Pink Tree Pink" by Elizabeth Underwood. Source: Elizabeth Underwood

Street art among the ruins. Take a tour with us through the streets and landscapes of New Orleans as we discover creative art displays that reflect the city’s deep cultural roots, the troubled times it faces, and the sense of hope being nurtured in the midst of Katrina’s rubble.

This program was made possible in part by the Open Society Institute.

BONUS: Slideshow – please scroll down.


Elizabeth Underwood, Art in Action Founder; Mr. Joseph Rooney, New Orleans resident; StePhen Collier, Art in Action artist.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio (Open Society Institute Fellow), Freelance Associate Producer: Emily Polk, Mixing Engineer: Phillip Babich, Intern: Alexis McCrimmon.

For more information:

Art in Action

A Studio in the Woods – New Orleans, LA

Hope and Heritage Foundation – New Orleans, LA

Reviews of this program on PRX (Public Radio Exchange):

Posted: 3-19-2007
Reviewer: Michael Johnson, Producer, Trainer, San Francisco, CA

As usual Making Contact delivers another quality program with this moving installment on artists and their comtribution to the restoration of devastated New Orleans. In this radio journey, a pile of rocks, a lone tree, a cyclone fence. and more ordinary objects are all changed by a group of artists who interact with the N.O. residents and together a mutuak trust, and healing takes route.

This half hour would go well on a Sunday afternoon before WEATC or on a weekday evening, post drivetime.

Rating: 5/5
Adjectives: Earnest, Intriguing, Thoughtful

Posted: 3-1-2007
Reviewer: Mike L., San Diego, California

This is an amazing piece. It is such a different approach to the healing process of New Orleans. By listening, I felt I was part of the journey throughout the city. Excellent job!

Rating: 5/5
Adjectives: Emotional, Inspiring, Thoughtful

Author: Radio Project

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