This experiential mini-course, offered to Pratt Institute Regional and Urban planning graduate students, investigated arts and culture, broadly defined, as a critical part of envisioning and rebuilding an equitable and sustainable New Orleans. Through site visits, tours, cultural events, and conversations with practitioners and policymakers representing multiple perspectives, the class explored the intersection between arts and culture and participatory planning.

Creative Recovery: Culture, Planning, and Community Engagement Schedule

In New York

Tuesday, March 30

6pm Workshop on community engagement with Maria Bauman, Urban Bush Women

Friday, April 2

6:30pm Screening of Faubourg Treme and potluck dinner with the planning student association

In New Orleans

Tues, April 13


2pm APA conference debrief with guest Maria Jackson, Urban Institute

Contemporary Arts Center, Art Lab (2nd floor)


4pm Urbanexus New Orleans: Next American City/Lens/Transforma panel  Entrepreneur's Row


7pm Buck Jump: The Culture of the Second Line focusing on the origin, uses and forms of the term “second line” in New Orleans culture. Included will be a panel discussion, authentic second line dancing, audience participation and musical examples from the Rebirth Brass Band and Dr. Michael White’s Liberty Brass Band. I hear there will be plenty of music and dancing and participation. Xavier University Center Ballroom

Wed, April 14

8-9:30am Breakfast orientation and framing by Ron Bechet, Xavier University and Jess Garz, Transforma

Fair Grinds Coffee House

9:30am-12:30pm Tour with Ron Bechet and Jess Garz including Treme and Lower Ninth Ward.

12:30pm-3:00am Lunch at Dooky Chase with presentations by Stephanie McKee, 7th Ward Neighborhood Center (which is part of Neighborhood Housing Services); Lolis Elie, the journalist narrator of Faubourg Treme and a writer on the new HBO show on Treme; Kate Scott, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. Invited guest, John O’Neal, Junebug Productions

3:30-6:00pm Joint Class - Pratt with Xavier / Tulane community arts class. Including Xavier/Tulane students leading community building activities, Pratt student presentation on studios, and discussion about community planning / community arts approaches with Ron Bechet, Barbara Haley, Ron Shiffman, Caron Atlas


Dinner and visit to Ashé Cultural Center with presentation by Carol Bebelle. Invited guest, Annie Clark, Louisiana Housing Finance Agency

Thurs April 15

8:30-10:30am Breakfast with presentation by Robin Keegan, Louisiana Recovery Authority. Holy Angeles Convent

11am-12:30pm Visit the Porch at the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center, presentation by Ed Buckner.

12:30-2:00pm Lunch and debrief at the Porch

Mon, April 26

 Reflection essays due

Tues, April 28, Wednesday, April 29

Post-NOLA class in NYC