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Global Gumbo- Exotic styles and sounds at the Arts Market of New Orleans

On Saturday, March 26th, experience an event that captures the unique culture of the Crescent City. At the Arts Market of New Orleans in Palmer Park, find regional character with touches of worldwide influences in everything from paintings, photography, and printmaking to ceramics, jewelry and crafts created by the region’s best artists and craftspeople.

Presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Arts Market takes place the last Saturday of every month in Palmer Park, where South Carrollton Avenue meets South Claiborne Avenue. The Arts Market of New Orleans is free and open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – featuring more than 100 local artists, live music showcasing New Orleans’ musical heritage, and a Cuisine Corner with regional delicacies and refreshing drinks on ice.
You may see the eclectic and prolific works of artist Jeffery St. Romain just about every month in his booth near the Music Tent. Jeffery stated, “The Arts Market of New Orleans has helped me find my avenue as an artist. New Orleans has always been enriched by music from across the globe and the feelings we get from listening to great music are some of the same sensations I try to create with my art.”
The Kids Tent this month features Darryl Young performing as Dancing Man 504. Darryl Young started the “Heal 2 Toe” program collaborating with New Orleans’ best brass bands to teach second-line dance and culture, which provides a much needed outlet where children can be creative, express themselves, and continue to embrace local culture. The Heal 2 Toe class at the Arts Market will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Kids Tent. After the program children can make Sassy Second-line Fans, the craft project of the day.
The twist hats of milliner Shirley Wilfred are perfect for the upcoming festival season. When discussing her functional fashions, Wilfred stated, “I became interested in making hats in the early 70’s and started creating African Kufias. Then I began incorporated straw into my line using African design influences that work for New Orleans’ culture and climate.”
In the Music Tent hear far away sounds blended with local music when Eve’s Lucky Planet performs Afro-Caribbean music at 1:00 p.m., followed by Reggae from The Revealers at 2:30 p.m.
Be a part of the ultimate cultural experience at the Arts Market of New Orleans. Saturday, March 26th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Palmer Park- located at the corner of South Claiborne and South Carrollton Avenues- the final stop of the historic St. Charles streetcar. For more information visit or call 504.523.1465.
About the Arts Council of New Orleans:
The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated by the City of New Orleans as its official arts agency. Now in its 35th year, the Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.

The Arts Council serves as one of nine regional distributing agencies for Louisiana Division of the Arts funds and administers the Community Arts Grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans.

For further information please visit or call 504.523.1465.


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