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bigclass:

On April 18 from 5:00-10:00, all delivery and pick up orders from Garage Pizza, Mid City PizzaPizza Delicious, and all Reginelli’s Pizzeria locations will feature poems by New Orleans writers ages 6-18.

Each of our pizza partners has generously agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds to support Big Class’s free creative writing programs for under-resourced youth.

Big Class is also excited to partner with Chapter 510, our fellow youth writing champions in Oakland, to make The Pizza Poetry Project a bridge from New Orleans to the Bay Area. Look out for our sticker on pizza boxes in Oakland at all five Lanesplitter Pizza locations and Rotten City Pizza.

Share the poem you receive and your responses using #pizzapoetry on social media!

Our official Pizza Poetry Project poster was co-designed by Big Class Open Studio student D’Andre Johnson (special thanks to Heather Muntzer, Julia Lavigne, and Carrie Chappell), inspired by his poem:

BIG FOOT AND HIS FRIEND HOMER SIMPSON

Big Foot

is black

and hairy

and 8 feet tall.

His eyes are 10 inches wide

Big Foot loves to ride ships

and play in the park.

He always gets pizza and eats donuts out

of the candy machine.

Big Foot’s friend is Homer Simpson

They all have fun, be crazy, and

EAT PIZZA

thelouisianaproject:

Here are some photos of different places and spaces I have come across in my day to day on the road. I work as a mobile therapist so I spend most of my days driving around with some down time between clients to explore.
thelouisianaproject:

Here are some photos of different places and spaces I have come across in my day to day on the road. I work as a mobile therapist so I spend most of my days driving around with some down time between clients to explore.
thelouisianaproject:

Here are some photos of different places and spaces I have come across in my day to day on the road. I work as a mobile therapist so I spend most of my days driving around with some down time between clients to explore.
thelouisianaproject:

Here are some photos of different places and spaces I have come across in my day to day on the road. I work as a mobile therapist so I spend most of my days driving around with some down time between clients to explore.
thelouisianaproject:

Here are some photos of different places and spaces I have come across in my day to day on the road. I work as a mobile therapist so I spend most of my days driving around with some down time between clients to explore.
thelouisianaproject:

Here are some photos of different places and spaces I have come across in my day to day on the road. I work as a mobile therapist so I spend most of my days driving around with some down time between clients to explore.
thelouisianaproject:

Here are some photos of different places and spaces I have come across in my day to day on the road. I work as a mobile therapist so I spend most of my days driving around with some down time between clients to explore.
thelouisianaproject:

Here are some photos of different places and spaces I have come across in my day to day on the road. I work as a mobile therapist so I spend most of my days driving around with some down time between clients to explore.

thelouisianaproject:

Here are some photos of different places and spaces I have come across in my day to day on the road. I work as a mobile therapist so I spend most of my days driving around with some down time between clients to explore.

(via iloveyoulouisiana)

elysianfieldsbook:

Bayou Bookmobile.” In rural southwest Louisiana, the WPA-staffed bookmobile traveled to the banks of the bayous to meet patrons who used the streams as roads. This photo was taken somewhere near Houma, Louisiana (circa 1930s–early 1940s). Photo from Nutrias.org (NOPL). 

The WPA’s contributions to libraries nationwide is incalculable. At New Orleans Public Library alone, dozens of WPA workers were employed in a wide variety of support roles. They did clerical work such as typing and filing; they bound and repaired books, shelved and shifted books, and created indexes. They also staffed the NOPL bookmobile, provided by the Louisiana Library Commission.

weareconstance:

New Orleans-based photographer, friend and collaborator, Akasha Rabut, recently launched a new archive of her ongoing work and past projects.
You can view her many stylized portrait series here as well as her ongoing blog.
weareconstance:

New Orleans-based photographer, friend and collaborator, Akasha Rabut, recently launched a new archive of her ongoing work and past projects.
You can view her many stylized portrait series here as well as her ongoing blog.
weareconstance:

New Orleans-based photographer, friend and collaborator, Akasha Rabut, recently launched a new archive of her ongoing work and past projects.
You can view her many stylized portrait series here as well as her ongoing blog.

weareconstance:

New Orleans-based photographer, friend and collaborator, Akasha Rabut, recently launched a new archive of her ongoing work and past projects.

You can view her many stylized portrait series here as well as her ongoing blog.

Man-made canals built for the oil and gas industry cut through wetland. The industry argues those canals aren’t to blame for coastal erosion. Photo by Robert F. Bukaty/AP 

From: As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay

 

risoconstance:

The Constance Riso Printshop would like to cordially invite folks to come print with us next month on the evening of Friday, May 9th from 6pm until we can’t print any more. You will receive 40 100lb. Cardstock 11x17 Posters, printed with 2 colors of your choice and a beer— for 40 dollars. You bring the artwork and we will handle the printing.

We request an RSVP to allow for enough materials as well as further event information and how to prepare your artwork properly to minimize stress for everyone. RSVP here

New stickers just in. Available in our sticker packs or individually.

down the road

juneteenths:

Let’s take a second and talk about plantations.

A few weeks ago, a friend took me “Down the Road,” which, to non-locals, is the St. Bernard Parish, a little bit east of downtown New Orleans. (We did a wild U-turn to stop at Johnny’s produce stand and buy mangos first.)

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Down the Road is a quiet area, dotted with the occasional snow ball stand and small houses.

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Kids get off the bus with unwieldy metal cages to go trap fishing after school. The air is slow churning and still and there’s an undercurrent of the past that steeps right into you, and then all of a sudden, a plantation looms large and daunting from the trees. Now, of course I knew as everyone does, that there are plantations in New Orleans. A lot of them probably. People go on strange tours of these 18th century haunted houses for fun. But the feeling of seeing them, of being in that space was weird and vaguely metaphysical and I felt more connected to history than ever before; it wasn’t difficult to imagine the scene, I didn’t need a poorly construed reenactment, it was all right there and my mind did it’s thing to Remind me.

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The beauty Down the Road is deceptive. There’s a famous tree canopy along the road that was once a Hanging Space for the KKK to display broken bodies as people crawled slowly along in their cars, lest they forget the rules of the day. New Orleans is famous for it’s cemeteries and there is a really beautiful one Down the Road, still in use. There are some memorials too, for families who died in violent plantation fires, but no markers exist for the slaves; for the hundreds and hundreds of bodies lost in the marshes, in the fields, Down the Road.

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vintagenola:

"Picketer In the Rain" - Early 1960s

Photo by Marion J. Porter

Via Nutrais.org

kohenari:

Last month, when Glenn Ford was released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the state of Louisiana “gave him a $20 debit card for his troubles.” That, plus the four cents he had left in his prison account, was all he had.

How do you build up the material accumulations of a lifetime overnight? How do you do it with no money? Where do you even begin?

Ford’s friend John Thompson had a clever idea: Do what millions of Americans do when they are hoping that other people will buy them a whole bunch of stuff. Build an Amazon registry.

The Amazon Wish List is here.

Read the whole piece here.

tea-time-with-the-president:

Still dreaming of St. Joseph’s night…Still hearing the tambourines…Still seeing the Mardi Gras Indians in my dreams… - Solange

(via love-nola)

southerlygold:

In late January, we continued our ongoing collaborative project of documenting the four major regional corners of Louisiana.

Armed with a medium format camera and kodak film, we headed to Venice, the most Southeastern region of our great state. Venice is an odd an enigmatic place. A landscape…

bigeasybartender:

Indians! Here they come!
Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday - March 30, 2014 - Photographs by Alejandro de los Rios
bigeasybartender:

Indians! Here they come!
Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday - March 30, 2014 - Photographs by Alejandro de los Rios
bigeasybartender:

Indians! Here they come!
Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday - March 30, 2014 - Photographs by Alejandro de los Rios
bigeasybartender:

Indians! Here they come!
Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday - March 30, 2014 - Photographs by Alejandro de los Rios
bigeasybartender:

Indians! Here they come!
Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday - March 30, 2014 - Photographs by Alejandro de los Rios
bigeasybartender:

Indians! Here they come!
Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday - March 30, 2014 - Photographs by Alejandro de los Rios
bigeasybartender:

Indians! Here they come!
Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday - March 30, 2014 - Photographs by Alejandro de los Rios
bigeasybartender:

Indians! Here they come!
Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday - March 30, 2014 - Photographs by Alejandro de los Rios
bigeasybartender:

Indians! Here they come!
Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday - March 30, 2014 - Photographs by Alejandro de los Rios
bigeasybartender:

Indians! Here they come!
Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday - March 30, 2014 - Photographs by Alejandro de los Rios

bigeasybartender:

Indians! Here they come!

Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday - March 30, 2014 - Photographs by Alejandro de los Rios