Elise Schenck Data News Weekly Contributor
Recently, the New Orleans African American Museum (NOAAM) kicked off the first-ever Annual REVIVAL Cultural Festival calling on the greater New Orleans area to restore true Spirit-body-nature connection through a visceral and emotional experience of the Grand Black Aesthetic on NOAAM’s Bulbancha Lot and Historic Gardens.
The event was hosted by NOAAM and featured artists 504ICYGRL and DJ ANTWIGADEE! premiering an original dance party, and The Cultured Vegan – Chef Rain Truth served as The REVIVAL’s featured food vendor. Guests used Bayou Road as a physical portal into the Afrofuture-inspired Gardens into the night’s message of change and shift to a higher frequency through beats, trance, and sensory surrender. Guests took part in other cultural activities including Black playing cards, Spades, dominoes, and Connect 4.
The event was part of an exciting new phase symbolizing the preservation of African American art and investment, and it will be filled with Black culture. In addition to THE REVIVAL, NOAAM offers three Signature programs: The free monthly family-friendly SATURDAYS @NOAAM; a free Quarterly Intergenerational Conversation Series Conversations & Calas, and FEATURES @NOAAM, a quarterly cabaret-style live performance. With an admission fee of $10 to $20, visitors can view exhibitions from 11am to 4pm Thursday through Sunday.
NOAAM is located on 2 acres of land property in the Heart of Historic Tremé. The mission is to preserve the history and elevate the art, culture, and contributions of African Americans in New Orleans and the African Diaspora. The organization recently put together a new Strategic Plan marking a new era of growth and attracting funding from major national and local foundations.
ABOUT THE NEW ORLEANS AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF ART, HISTORY, AND CULTURE
The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, History and Culture (NOAAM) was founded in 1996 under the guidance and extensive support of the City of New Orleans Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development. NOAAM is located in the Tremé Section of New Orleans, a neighborhood that was once home to the nation’s largest, most prosperous, and politically progressive community of Blacks by the mid-1850s. NOAAM seeks to educate and to preserve, interpret, and promote the contributions that people of African descent have made to the development of New Orleans and Louisiana Culture, as slaves and as free people of color throughout the history of American slavery as well as during Emancipation, Reconstruction, and contemporary times.