“Lafitte, Treme: Between the City and Me” was designed by 11 YAM youth, under the guidance of Lead Artist and local talent Keith Duncan. The mural wraps around 5 walls of the NORDC Lemann Pool, located on the Lafitte Greenway. The theme of the mural is racial reconciliation, drawing on local culture and community history to inform the mural’s imagery. It is the product of a six-week dialogue series addressing structural racism with 23 intergenerational community members, led by Center for Restorative Approaches and Equity in All Places. Over 150 youth and community members contributed to the mural through an extensive community engagement process that included a community design workshop, a design presentation, a community paint day, and an unveiling and block party. Most significantly, 11 inspiring youth received a stipend and professional training to assist with the research, design and installation process.
YAM’s partners included the Welcome Table New Orleans Mid-City Circle, Prospect New Orleans, Arts Council New Orleans, Xavier University, and NORDC. Neighborhood partners included Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, Peter Claver Social Ministry: Micah Project, Faubourg Lafitte Tenants Association (FTLA), Broad Community Connections, Liberty’s Kitchen, ReFresh NOLA Coalition / The ReFresh Project, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Tulane Canal Neighborhood Association (TCNA), Christian Unity Baptist Church, Congress of Day Laborers/Congreso de Jornaleros, and NEWCITY Neighborhood Partnership.
Read more about the project in the New Orleans Advocate.