Gentilly Resilience District Public Art Project

The City of New Orleans was awarded $141 million through the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create the city’s first-ever resilience district. The Gentilly Resilience District is a combination of efforts across Gentilly to reduce flood risk, slow land subsidence, improve energy reliability, and encourage neighborhood revitalization. The resilience district will be a model for how other neighborhoods in New Orleans, across the region, and across the country, can adapt to thrive in a changing environment.

The Arts Council is facilitating the public art component of this broader initiative. The purpose of public art is to build awareness about the city’s water infrastructure and to catalyze action surrounding environmental challenges. The first location for public art is the St. Anthony neighborhood in Gentilly, in public spaces near London Avenue Canal. Our work includes the Civic Arts Fellowship program, which provides professional artists with training on water and resilience efforts, and the Young Artist Movement program, which guides youth at The NET Charter High School through the process of researching and imagining public art.

The second round of the Gentilly Resilience District public art will be announced in Fall 2020. If you are an artist interested in applying to the next round, you can learn more about the public art process here. We are committed to an equitable and transparent public art process and we encourage artists of all backgrounds to apply – if you are new to the world of public art, please do not let that discourage you from learning more and applying.

To learn more, please contact Arts Council Programs Director, Dr. Sarah Woodward, at

Upcoming Events

Selection Committee to meet and select winning proposals
Tuesday, July 7th |  1 – 4:30 PM

In January, 10 finalists were selected through the Gentilly Resilience District RFQ to participate in our Civic Arts Fellowship.  The artists learned about environmental resilience, stormwater management, and community history to develop public art proposals for public spaces near London Avenue Canal. On Tuesday, July 7th, 1:00-4:30pm, the selection committee will meet to select the winning proposals.  The meeting will be held on Zoom and is open to the public.  Please RSVP to the Arts Council Programs Director, Dr. Sarah Woodward, at to receive the meeting login information. 


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