What's Up Downtown
24 June 2016 Issue
Fundraiser, Blood Drive For Orlando Shooting Victims

A variety of New Orleans musicians will join forces for a benefit concert/blood drive in support of the victims of the recent mass shooting in Orlando. The event will take place from 3pm to 8pm at The Sugar Mill on Friday, June 24.

Attendees are asked to make a donation of $5 or more at the door, with all proceeds going to the OneOrlando Fund. In a generous move, Ochsner Health System has confirmed that it will donate $10 to the fund for every person that donates blood at the event.


Sunday, June 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Saenger Theater invites the public to a free open house featuring sample performances from the upcoming East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2016-17 season.
In addition to enjoying the selections, open house attendees will be able to survey the seating still available for Broadway in New Orleans season subscriptions. After the show, guests will be invited to see things through the eyes of the stars, as they share selfies from the historic theater's center stage.
To RSVP for admission to the open house visit the 
Saenger Theatre Open House Facebook page.


The Network for Economic Opportunity will host a community meeting to solicit input for updates to the City's Master Plan for residents and community groups that live, work or worship in the Claiborne Corridor. The communities located in this area lie along Claiborne Avenue from Napoleon Avenue to Elysian Fields Avenue, and between Broad Street on the lake side and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue on the river side.
For residents in the Downtown area of the Claiborne Corridor, the City will host a meeting for the next Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Corpus Christi-Epiphany Community Resource Center, 2022 St. Bernard Ave.  Orientation for the meeting will be held on Friday, June 24, 2016, from 5-7 p.m.

CAC Summer Arts Camp 2016: Creatively You

CAC Summer Arts Camp 2016 aims to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the creativity of campers through the powerful combination of characters and stories. Each week campers explore a book that teaches them to appreciate what makes them unique and how accepting their differences can contribute to the world around them. While some characters stand tall from the start, others find their rhythm as they go, yet all will inspire campers to embrace who they are. Camp starts July 11 and runs through August 5. Register now!

REVOLUTION: Modernizing the New Orleans Fashion Girl

Inspired by a love of all things New Orleans and fashion, Girl's Guide and New Orleans Fashion Week have joined forces to create an innovative Summer Fashion Competition Series.  The 4 week series will take place on Thursdays through July 14 at Gravier Street Social and will allow emerging Designers to feature their work while celebrating the fashion history of New Orleans.  

Broken into the 1920s, 1960s and 1980s, designers will modernize looks to explore a revolutionary approach to style.  Sure to be the must-see event of the Summer season, the event will include a live DJ with decade themed music, attendee costume contests, signature cocktails and more!

The DDD is proud to be a sponsor. Click here for more information. 


Application deadline is Monday, June 27

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program for small businesses that links learning to action. Through the program, participants gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, they receive the tools and professional support necessary to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will take their business to the next level.


Movies have returned to the Orpheum Theater. The meticulously restored, century-old performing arts palace in New Orleans' CBD is hosting a new summer screening series of contemporary and classic cinema. Co-presented by the Tipitina's Foundation, the series will see films screen every Monday and Tuesday through summer 2016. Admission to all Monday screenings is free, with tickets being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Orpheum box office, which will open one hour before each show. Proceeds from concessions sales during the free screenings will go to the Tipitina's Foundation. Click here for schedule.


The Millennials honors dynamic young professionals who contribute to the community through public service, make significant strides in business sectors, or serve as cultural ambassadors. This year's event will take place on July 16th at People's Health Jazz Market. 


Pizza + beer = perfect weekend combo. Visit Blaze Pizza this summer on Saturdays and Sundays for a beer and a pizza special. 

 Art Downtown

Jonathan Ferrera Gallery
First Saturday Gallery Openings on July 6
6pm - 9pm

Curated by Matthew Weldon Showman
Now - July 30

400 Julia Street
Click here for a listing of exhibits

LeMieux Galleries
Deedra Ludwig - "Luminescence"

Marcy Lally - "Memento Wild"

Now - July 30
Encore Reception and
Gallery Anniversary Party July 2, 7-9 PM
332 Julia
Click here for more information 


The NOPD will hold a series of community meetings over the next two weeks to update the community on the progress the department has made in complying with the federal consent decree and to discuss ways the department is working to engage with the community. The department will hold one meeting in each police district. All meetings will start at 6 p.mClick here for more information.


Picayune Pl.

Picayune Pl., between Natchez and Gravier streets closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours while crews perform exploratory excavation work. Due to underground utility conflicts, the Sewerage and Water Board must redesign placement of the new waterline prior to installation. Once exploratory excavation work is completed, the street will be temporarily asphalted and open to vehicular traffic until waterline replacement work begins.
Waterline replacement work is expected to be complete sometime this summer. During this time Picayune Pl., between Natchez and Gravier streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours.

Gravier St.

Going on now and lasting in the summer months, Gravier St. between Baronne and O'Keefe streets will be closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours.
The scope of work includes excavating a portion of the roadway, replacing damaged or leaking water lines, placing fill material beneath the roadway, and paving the damaged portion of the roadway.
In general, construction crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work on the weekends is not anticipated; however, inclement weather may alter the project schedule. Residents are reminded to use caution when driving, bicycling and walking near construction sites.
Work in the Central Business District / French Quarter began in January 2014 and is scheduled to last through summer 2016. The construction contract was awarded to Boh Brothers Construction for $6.8 million.

For more information about these projects, or to sign up for regular e-mail status updates on the FEMA-funded Waterline Replacement Program, contact Kristen Sawyer at kksawyer@nola.gov or 504-658-8483.


View Areas Impacted by Construction


City of New Orleans Department of Public Works has traffic coordination maps for the major portions of the City that are currently being impacted by construction including Downtown New Orleans. Visit www.nola.gov/dpw/traffic-coordination to view them. The maps are updated every 2 weeks.



Downtown in the Palm of Your Hands

Download the free Downtown NOLA Mobile App featuring the Downtown guide, SafeWalk and ways to communicate directly with the DDD about Downtown matters. Download now by clicking on one of the links below to have Downtown NOLA in the palm of your hand.


Downtown organizations may register and add their company and/or event to the site for freeClick here to begin your post. 


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Register Your Security Camera with NOPD to Help Fight Crime


If you own a security camera in New Orleans, you can now register it with NOPD to help detectives solve crimes in your neighborhood and provide strong evidence to put offenders away. 


The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, in partnership with the NOPD, launched a new online service called Safecam NOLA.  The program allows residents and business owners to register their security cameras with New Orleans Police. The SafecamNOLA project is an expansion of "Safecam8," which was an on-line program that Downtown residents and business owners in the Eighth Police District have been using for years to register their cameras with Eighth District police.  The 1,302 8th District cameras that are in that system are now included in the citywide SafecamNOLA system.  


Please visit www.SafecamNOLA.com to enroll today.


Glass Recycling Included 

Citizens in Downtown New Orleans can call 311 to request delivery of the blue recycling bins if their property is eligible for collection by the City.
Residents and small businesses can recycle paper, small metals, cardboard and plastics (#1-#7) on Tuesday of each week. Glass will be collected on Thursday.
Collection of recyclable materials operated by Empire Services. For more information visit www.nola.gov


The RTA Board of Commissioners has increased bus service by over 11 percent to support more job access and make weekend and late evening travel more convenient. Click here for the new schedule.
These changes include 5am start times and 24 hour service on many routes used by commuters to access Downtown employment centers, education facilities, and medical care.
These service enhancements are designed to restore weekend service in many areas, improve neighborhood access, provide connectivity to major transit lines, and increase frequency on many lines. Additionally, an express line has been added to the Louis Armstrong International Airport to provide access to jobs at the airport and at the new terminal construction site.