Final Call for #ARLIS2017 Tours

Only two weeks until the conference, and tours are filling up fast! If you are already registered and want to add a tour, you can call ARLIS/NA HQ at 414-908-4954 ext 116 to pay over the phone or email

The last tour we are going to highlight is a very special opportunity to tour the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Tremé neighborhood with Museum founder Sylvester Francis. The Museum officially opened its doors in 1999, however it really began in the 1980’s when Mr. Francis began documenting Carnival celebrations, jazz funerals, and second-line parades throughout New Orleans. He would often give copies of the photographs he took to the people they documented. In thanks, many of them donated their Mardi Gras Indian costumes as well as an array of other memorabilia. These artifacts now make up the bulk of the Museum’s collection.

Our tour will last an hour, and transportation will be provided. However, participants are encouraged to stay in Tremé to explore Armstrong Park with it’s historic Congo Square or the St. Augustine Church, founded in 1841 by free African Americans, both right across the street from the museum.

  • Time: 10:00-11:30am
  • Cost: $40 (includes transportation)

Don’t forget that Monday, January 23 is the last day for advanced registration. After that there will be on-site registration only, February 5-9.

Lindsey Reynolds, ARLIS/NA 2017 Tours Co-Coordinator


A second Vieux Carré tour!

Due to popular demand, we are adding a second Vieux Carré Walking Tour from 3-5pm on Tuesday, February 7.

If someone has registered for the conference already, they may add the tour by calling Nicole Cheever at ARLIS/NA headquarters, 414-908-4954 ext. 450. She will manually add it to your registration and collect credit card information for the payment.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Lindsey Reynolds, Tours Co-coordinator

Going, going, gone: sign up for NOLA tours before they’re filled up!

With less than a month to go, all of our tours are filling up fast so consider this your reminder to sign up asap!

Tour offerings include walking tours of the French Quarter and Garden District, institutional tours at various special collections and museums, and two exciting opportunities for tours with some of the city’s resident artists. These tours are exclusively offered to ARLIS conference attendees – don’t miss your chance to get to know this magical city for yourself.

One tour that is filling up fast is being offered on both Monday (2/6) and Thursday (2/9). Industry of Ink will be led by local preservationist and champion of New Orleans print history, Joseph Makkos, founder of the New Orleans Digital Newspaper Archive. The tour is organized around Makkos’s personal research into the city’s print culture. We will learn about the untold and unexpected history of the South’s original hub for print as we walk through the French Quarter and the Central Business District. Points on the tour will highlight the industry-leading presses, newspaper histories, and renegade printers that created the material culture of New Orleans in the late 19th & 20th centuries. Highlights include Storyville Blue Books, the Times-Picayune’s first female editor (who took over the paper in 1876) and the site of the Loujon Press who first published Charles Bukowski in their Outsider literary magazine.

Ticket price for this tour also includes a special guidebook & ephemera, hand-printed on one of our subject’s own letterpresses!

Lindsey Reynolds, Tours Co-coordinator


Conference Tours: Joan Mitchell Center

Lovers of New Orleans history, art, and architecture will not want to miss the tour of the Joan Mitchell Center, an artists’ residency program established by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Tucked away on beautiful Bayou Road in the culturally diverse 7th Ward, the Joan Mitchell Center boasts an impressive campus that contains both a 1790s-mansion converted into offices and guest rooms as well as a state of the art and eco-friendly 8,000 square-foot studio space. In addition to the Artist-in-Residence Program, the Center curates and produces public programming that serves the broader community of New Orleans, and endeavors to serve as an incubator, conduit and resource for partnerships in the arts. As an alluring retreat destination for artists and a premier resource for arts programming, the Joan Mitchell Center reflects the importance of art and artists in rebuilding post-Katrina New Orleans.

See this video produced by the Times-Picayune on the occasion of the Center’s grand opening in August 2015:

There are only 4 more days to register at the Early Bird Registration rate, so register today!

Adam Beebe, Tours Coordinator

Conference Tours: The Music Box Village

New Orleans Airlift is the leading creator and exhibitor of out-in-the-streets public art in New Orleans. They have been creating connections, performances and opportunities via large-scale spectacles since 2007. Founders Delaney Martin, Jay Pennington, and Taylor Shepherd established the Airlift to highlight the city’s underground art, and under-the-radar artists. They work with New Orleans’s dynamic street culture, folk masters and a growing contemporary arts scene to create exhibitions, workshops, festivals, and performances both locally and beyond. New Orleans is the last great bastion of living folk culture in the United States. The Airlift’s projects honor these traditions alongside innovation, leading their artists, culture and communities in meaningful new directions. Join us on this tour of their flagship project: The Music Box Village.


The project pushes artistic boundaries, but more importantly it brings together people of all stripes for a heartwarming, creative experience that has equal appeal for a musical giant such as Thurston Moore or a gaggle of 5 year olds.

After building and tearing down two previous temporary versions, the Music Box was finally installed in its permanent home in the summer of 2016. Tour attendees will hear a presentation by Airlift founders and participating artists and then have time to explore and interact with this uniquely New Orleans artists’ project.

Watch this video from their 2015 incarnation at City Park for a taste of what the Music Box Village has to offer.

Lindsey Reynolds, Tours Coordinator

Thinking about New Orleans: Walking Tours (Part I)

Cue music: Walking Through New Orleans

Put on your walkin’ shoes!

John Klingman, architect, historian, Favrot Professor of Architecture at Tulane University, and longtime Garden District resident, will be our guide for three different walking tours of iconic New Orleans neighborhoods and places. Tour size is limited by City ordinance, so sign up before they fill up! Check out the full range of NOLA 2017 experiences on the ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference website.

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Conference Tours: Tulane Tour Block

"A Grand Soiree Dansante," 1909. Tulane University Online Exhibits, Early New Orleans Jazz Posters.
“A Grand Soiree Dansante,” 1909. Tulane University Online Exhibits —  Early New Orleans Jazz Posters.

Come early for the conference and spend part of Monday, February 6th getting to know one of the country’s most unique institutions of higher learning, Tulane University. ARLIS/NA has organized three fantastic tours of some of Tulane’s most notable special collections. Keep reading for full details.

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Thinking about New Orleans: Books (Part I)

Happy Friday, ARLISians!

OK, you are getting ready to take that trip to New Orleans in February to join your colleagues for the ARLIS-NA annual conference — you need some reading material!

Maybe you need something to get yourself in the NOLA mood when you have more time over the upcoming holidays?

No matter if you prefer to read in hardback, paperback, or ebook, there is much available to inspire and delight you. Let’s talk today about “classic” New Orleans-related literature. The following are just a few suggestions.

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