Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Future of Latin American Culture in New Orleans

Two leaders in New Orleans Latino community discuss how recent immigrant workers will impact the city's culture. Rudy Mills is a Honduran musician and director of InterFest, and Ariana Hall is executive director of CubaNola collective.

Mardi Gras Service Corps Reaches Out and Re-Brands New Orleans

Since February, the Mardi Gras Service Corps has worked with more than 2,000 volunteers to gut houses, clean up neighborhoods, paint public schools and more. This month they launch a new Family Match program: displaced families are assigned a small team of volunteers to help with the physical and logistical challenges of returning to New Orleans. Based at the Ashe Cultural Center in Central City, Mardi Gras Service Corps treats culture as an integral part of rebuilding. Its volunteers are steeped in the history and traditions of the places and people they help. Felix Wai tells us more: