Just three years after Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana is trying to rise from the ashes with the largest contemporary art exhibit in United States history.
"Prospect 1" brings together the work of over 80 artists, some from as far as Japan and Brazil, to shine a light of rebirth onto the city. Some of the works are address Hurricane Katrina and it's devastation directly but many are celebrations of local artists and the long cultural history of New Orleans before the storm.
The exhibit is envisioned as a biennial and is designed to bring tourism back to New Orleans and also to project a new image for the city in the coming years.
"It just seems right that art can help rebuild, art can heal." Chandra McCormick, New Orleans photographer:
"There are artists here in the city, and they lost their homes and their life's work, as well. Art maybe seems to some people as a luxury, as a secondary need of life. If you're involved in art vocationally, that's not true. Art is your lifeblood." Dan Cameron, Prospect 1 curator
"We are a city where you've got two stories. You've got one story of incredible resilience, where we have "Prospect.1." But we also have horrible needs still in the community, and it's really hard to get that message out." Stacy Head, New Orleans City Council
1. Where is New Orleans? What is it famous for?
2. When was Hurricane Katrina? Why is it such a famous Hurricane?
1. Some people think that art is a luxury item, not the people in this video, do you agree or disagree? Why? Do you think it can be a luxury to some and not others?
2. Can you name some local artists in your area and describe their work?
3. Which work did you like most in the video? Why?