Bubbling Up: Cultural Revitalization Through Community in New Orleans

Learning Approach: Best Practices

| Sheraton New Orleans, Napoleon A | Posted: Monday, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

A city of contrasts, New Orleans is entrenched in history, yet survives by celebrating the present. It is a city of rich cultural traditions, deep racial bifurcations, wealth inequity, and triumph flecked with tragedy. But despite these challenges, the city is united by respect for tradition and by the importance of community. In New Orleans, culture is not handed down from on high; it "bubbles up from the street," to quote local jazz legend Ellis Marsalis. This presentation will investigate three community-based approaches to celebrating and preserving cultural diversity in New Orleans. They include engaging urban youth through outdoor recreation initiatives, connecting underserved urban students to sites that expand cultural awareness through technologically mediated distance learning, and developing facilitated education programs led by community members themselves.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover different challenges of cultural preservation in diverse urban environments.
  2. Learn about different methods of community engagement.
  3. Understand the challenges of civic engagement in the communities with which you work.
  4. Learn about community engagement that will meet your individual needs.


For more information contact:

April Antonellis, National Park Service
April Antonellis is a park ranger at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and graduate student in the College of Education at Louisiana State University. Her research and professional interests include cultural relevancy in education and inclusion of underserved populations in urban areas in cultural resource education.

Stephanie Click, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Stephanie Click is a park ranger and the volunteer coordinator at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. She is interested in encouraging civic engagement through volunteerism.

Nigel Fields, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Nigel Fields is the Chief of Interpretation at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. He is interested in promoting civic and resource stewardship through community-based education programs.