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Cultural Exchange at the 40th Jazz Ascona Festival

We are thrilled to highlight the recent visit to Ascona by Lisa Alexis, Director of the Office of Cultural Economy, and Alana Harris, Deputy Director of Arts & Culture, alongside 50 talented artists who participated in this enriching cultural exchange. The 40th Jazz Ascona Festival, which took place last week, underscored the deep connection between Ascona and New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz.

In celebration of Jazz Ascona’s 40th edition, the town presented an open-air street art exhibition entitled "Jazz off the Wall," which pays homage to legendary jazz musicians. The project featured forty paste-ups created by Yuri Catania, displayed in the town’s square and its historic part. The journey begins in New Orleans, capturing the essence of artists who have significantly contributed to the greatness of the Ascona Jazz Festival over the past four decades. Among the distinguished figures featured in this year’s exhibition were Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Lisa Alexis, and Rosine Pema Sanga, Director of International Relations, at Ascona’s City Hall, and Alana Harris, posed on a cultural building.

We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a meaningful event that highlights the rich cultural heritage shared between Ascona and New Orleans. This celebration of jazz not only honors our past but also paves the way for continued cultural collaboration and exchange.

LPOMusic of A Movement: A Marvelous Symphonic Tribute

We are thrilled to share the incredible success of "Music of A Movement: A Symphonic Anthology (1950s-1970s)," a musical tribute that left audiences in awe. Produced by Tremé 4 Tremé and the New Orleans Legacy Project, in collaboration with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), this series brilliantly highlighted the music of famous African Americans whose artistry galvanized movements across the South, the nation, and the globe.

The series not only honored the influential musicians of the 1950s to the 1970s but also resonated deeply with the spirit of our community, reminding us of the powerful role music plays in social change. The performances were a testament to the commitment to achieving transformational community-wide progress through the celebration of our shared musical heritage. Nothing short of marvelous, the series celebrated the rich musical history of Tremé and paid homage to the historic culture of New Orleans.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this extraordinary event. Together, we continue to honor and preserve the vibrant musical heritage that makes New Orleans so unique.

Learn More

To learn more about how our office works with the cultural economy through initiatives, partnerships, and community, and the impacts of that work, read or download Cultural Economy: Culture, Community, and Connection


Defining the Cultural Economy

Cultural Economy is defined as the people, enterprises, and communities that transform cultural skills, knowledge and ideas into economically productive goods, services and places.  There are six key segments:

  • Culinary Arts:  Food-related cultural products including food processing, specialty food products and locally-owned, full service restaurants (does not include franchise/non-local chain restaurants);
  • Design:  Individual designers and firms involved in the communication arts such as graphic design, printing, and advertising;
  • Entertainment:  The performing arts (music, theater, and dance), individual performers, and the film industries;
  • Literary Arts and Humanities:  Individual writers and editors and book, periodical, and newspaper publishing;
  • Preservation:  Economic activities focused on the restoration and redevelopment of the built environment including architecture, landscape architecture and a percentage of construction activity focused on preservation and renovation; and
  • Visual Arts and Crafts:  Individual artists and craftspeople as well as the galleries and museums that present cultural products.


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