Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Being Inspired

Here is more on New Orleans public art projects I found this painted streetcar in the French Quarter and set out to learn more about this public art project. Here is what I found out. It was started back in November of 2007 by The Young Leadership Council. Calling it A Streetcar Named Inspire, with the design themes answering the question “What inspires you about New Orleans?” This community art project is ongoing mission to inspire hope throughout the city.

“YLC has always been about fostering a sense of pride in one’s self and one’s city,” says Jude Boudreaux, LC’s A Streetcar Named Inspire’s Project CoLeader, “and this project’s goal is to provide a tangible sign of hope and recovery to citizens and visitors of New Orleans.” The streetcars, which will be approximately 6’ by 2’ and made of fiberglass, will be, according to Boudreaux, “a blank canvas completely at the disposal of the artists.” See more photos at

Steve Mickle’s Café du Monde Beignets

Steve Mickle’s “Café du Monde Beignets” is located, appropriately enough, at Café du Monde on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. It’s sponsored by Allen Square.

Laura Cotaya’s A Streetcar Named New Orleans

Sponsored by and located at 925 Common Luxury Apartments, Laura Cotaya’s car is a vision of fleur de lis and everything else that defines New Orleans.

Will Smith Jr.’s Gravier Street Streetcar

Will Smith Jr. ( has a third streetcar at 534 Gravier Street, sponsored by Republic.

If you would like to create a public art project in your community or just want to learn more about it check out Cowpainters. They have a wealth of info. They are the only women owned and operated studio dedicated to public art projects. website: .

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