Mobile Workshops: Tuesday, April 16

8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: The History and Culture of African Americans in New Orleans

In French and Spanish colonial era New Orleans, African-American slaves were commonly allowed Sundays off from work, which they would spend singing, dancing, and playing music in what is now Congo Square in Tremé. On this tour, we will visit Congo Square, as well as many other important African- American cultural sites in the Tremé and Central City neighborhoods to uncover the many layers of African-American experience that have shaped New Orleans’ history and that ultimately influenced the nationwide Civil Rights movement. Bus and walking; C1: African Americans on the registration form; $35

8:30 a.m.–noon: Hiking Tour of Lafitte Greenway and Corridor Project

Hike along the Lafitte Corridor, a 3.1- mile linear right-of-way along a former shipping canal and railway that once connected the historic French Quarter to Bayou St. John. This right-of-way traverses a cross-section of New Orleans that captures its 200-year settlement pattern, ranging from the colonial-era settlement of the Vieux Carré to the mid-20thcentury suburb Lakeview. So take a walk backwards in history, as you learn about the new project by the city and the community to convert this right-of-way into a greenway, with publicly accessible open space, recreation areas, and other amenities. Streetcar and walking; D2: Lafitte on the registration form; $40.

1:00–4:00 p.m.: The Rebirth of Upper Canal Street

Visit Upper Canal Street, currently returning to its glory days in the late 18th and early 19th century when it drew throngs of people throughout the region to its shopping and entertainment venues. The Downtown Development District of New Orleans (DDD) and the Canal Street Development Corporation (CSDC) are teaming up to create two distinct districts on Upper Canal through adaptive reuse—one focusing on entertainment; the other, on biomedical research and development. Learn more about these improvement efforts as we stroll down New Orleans’ “neutral ground.” Streetcar and walking; D3: Upper Canal on the registration form; $40

Noon–4:00 p.m.: Culinary Arts Tour

New Orleans is a city that has a rich history of dining and drinking. Did you know that brunch was invented in this city that loves to eat? And where would we be without gumbo, crawfish étouffee, and the po-boy? Serious food lovers will learn fascinating facts about food, along with the history of some of New Orleans’ most famous dishes, the restaurants that serve them, and the buildings that house the restaurants. Yum! Bus and walking; D4: Culinary Arts on the registration form; $35