Sunday is the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the city of New Orleans continues to rebuild. Here are five ways you can help raise awareness of the city's struggle:
Read: When the Water Came
This collaborative work by Cynthia Hogue and Rebecca Ross is a collection of photographs and poems inspired by hurricane evacuees. I featured some of the work in a previous post. Both Cynthia and Rebecca will be presenting the book at New Orleans' Garden District Bookshop on August 31st.
The HBO show which has received stellar critical reviews tells the story of a post-Katrina New Orleans and its scarred, yet determined residents. It also features some of the city's famous musicians, such as Kermit Ruffins and the Rebirth Brass Band. The New Orleans Museum of Art will screen episodes for free on August 28th and 29th.
Listen: ReDefine 8/29
Available for download through the New Orleans Musician's Relief Fund, this anthology of 11 songs features both local NOLA musicians and international acts, including Edwin McCain and REM. You can get all 11 songs for a donation of $8.29 (appropriate, no?), and all proceeds go towards the hard-working musicians of this jazz city.
Visit: New Orleans
What better way to support the rebirth of this great city than to visit it? The food, the history, the music, the lifestyle--nothing else compares. Check out the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau for the latest travel deals and upcoming events. Right now, you can even win a trip to the Crescent City. What are you waiting for?
Give: Louisiana Wetlands
The title of my book, Perpetual Care, comes from the practice of caring for and maintaining the city's cemeteries. This idea of prevention is key to the continued care and preservation of New Orleans and all communities in the Gulf Coast. To do your part, donate to America's Wetland Foundation, or, if you are in the Gulf Coast area, consider volunteering with the CWPPRA--help is needed now more than ever.