The arts engage our senses, taking us to other worlds, showing us others’ lives, even carrying us deeper within ourselves. Experiences in arts and culture bring enlightenment and enjoyment, perhaps offering a deeper understanding of concepts we’ve not yet explored in our individual lives. South Louisiana is one of the richest areas in the world for experiencing the arts and a variety of cultures, including cultures that have melded together and created new customs, foods, music and more. This month, enjoy the bounteous offerings of the local arts scene by getting out and enjoying the beauty that surrounds—from large-scale artwork painted onto city buildings and celebratory live music and dance to shops that lure in visitors with new or innovative designs. Escape the mundane with a fresh beat, a new look, or a splash of paint, and appreciate the creative energy that flows through the area.
The Helis Foundation
Take a stroll through the Arts District and view Downtown New Orleans’ signature mural collection presented by The Helis Foundation. Featuring local and international artists, Unframed, a project of Arts Council New Orleans, is the first multi-mural exhibition of large-scale artwork in Downtown and comprises seven vibrant murals. Residents and visitors will soon enjoy two new murals slated to be unveiled this fall.
Unframed is part of a range of arts initiatives presented by The Helis Foundation that are free and open to the public. Learn more about Unframed (#unframednola) and other arts programming at TheHelisFoundation.org.
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival is scheduled for September 24th and 25th, 2021. This two-day, well-produced music festival calls the beautiful and spacious Cassidy Park home and features tent and limited RV camping along the park’s winding, beautiful Bogalusa Creek.
Now with two music stages, the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival has grown in both size and reputation during its 10-year span. Referred to as a “gumbo for your senses,” the multi-award-winning festival shows off the region’s musical heritage as well as arts, crafts, and food vendors along paved walkways and covered viewing areas.
Distinguished as one of the Gulf Coast’s best festivals, this nationally recognized event boasts a superb lineup of exciting regional and national Blues artists: Abita Blues Band, The Chitlins, Big Al & the Heavyweights, Looka Here, Laurie Morvan Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Jonathan “Boogie” Long, Kenny Neal, and Eric Gales. For more information, visit BogalusaBlues.com.
Fashion & Shopping
Diamonds Direct in Metairie is helping celebrate all of life’s sweetest moments this September. Visit Diamonds Direct to take advantage of an exclusive zero percent APR for five years (subject to credit approval) financing offer and save big on engagement settings, wedding bands, and more. It’s the perfect time to browse favorite styles, make a wish list, or take home a little something for yourself or a loved one.
Escape the heat with a cool glass of champagne in the showroom, and allow the store’s Diamond Experts to help you find that one-of-a-kind piece at any price point. This offer is only available September 1st through the 30th, so mark your calendars, bring your loved one, and enjoy some shopping fun. To begin browsing now, visit diamondsdirect.com, or stop by the store at 3230 Severn Avenue in Metairie, open Monday through Saturday.