Mobile Workshops: Monday, April 15

8:00–11:30 a.m.: The Garden District: Home to the Rich and Famous, the Strange and the Dead!

Ride with us on the scenic St. Charles streetcar line to one of the nation’s most beautifully preserved city neighborhoods—the Garden District. Just 10 minutes away from the French Quarter, the “City of Lafayette,” as it was once known, feels like a world apart. Excluded from early 19th-century Creole society, newly arrived Yankees created their own city, building huge Victorian style mansions. The result is one of New Orleans’ most desirable neighborhoods—home to the rich, the famous, the strange, and the dead! A visit to Lafayette Cemetery is included in the tour. Streetcar and walking; C1: Garden District on the registration form; $40

8:00–11:00 a.m.: Central City: Music and Murals

In the Jim Crow era, black musicians barred from playing in other parts of town took their talent to O.C. Haley Boulevard in Central City, which became home to jazz and blues greats like Professor Longhair and Buddy Bolden. On this tour of Central City, learn just how this cultural context is critical in turning a low-wealth area into a community of opportunity and see the beautiful murals memorializing New Orleans’ musical heritage. Bus and walking; C2: Central City on the registration form; $35

8:30–11:30 a.m.: Old Algiers: New Orleans’ Best Kept Secret

A likely contender for the site of the origin of jazz, Old Algiers was home to many important musicians like George Lewis, “Kid” Thomas, and Clarence “Frogman” Henry. You’ll take a ferry ride across to Old Algiers to visit the cultural district where early jazz and R&B innovators lived or performed. The tour will finish up at the Pride of Algiers Masonic Lodge, one of the oldest African-American Masonic lodges in the nation. While a jazz band plays, representatives of local non-profits will give presentations on an array of programs in place to preserve the culture of Old Algiers. Ferry and walking; B3: Old Algiers on the registration form; $35

1:00–5:00 p.m.: Tremé Tour: Creative Placemaking

The six-building, two-block Bell School campus in the heart of Tremé is the focus of a partnership among artists, local leaders, and Artspace, which is working to convert it into a multi-faceted arts facility. With 73 units of affordable studio and living space for artists, a band room restored to its multi-generational use as a training ground for musicians, and the chapel transformed into a job-training site for traditional artisans, Bell School will be a catalyzing community asset. Tour the historic Faubourg Tremé, an important center of New Orleans’ African- American and Creole culture and learn how the proposed Bell School restoration project will ensure that Tremé’s artistic community has an enduring home. Bus and walking; C3: Tremé Tour on the registration form; $35

1:30–4:30 p.m.: From Bourbon to Bourbon Street: A History of Cocktails

From the early days of rum smuggling to the years when the French Quarter was so rambunctious that a modern-day Bourbon Street reveler would either shudder or blush at the city’s antics, New Orleans has been a city that combines the sophisticated with the sleazy. On this tour, you’ll not only hear tales about the drinks and the drinkers this city has spawned, but also how the city has been spurred by the drinks themselves. And just as our tales are never dry, neither is this tour—you’ll taste the cocktails that made us famous at various neighborhood spots. Walking; C4: Cocktails on the registration form; $35