The crime rate in Louisiana is about 26% higher than the national average rate. Louisiana ranks second in the nation, in its rate of juveniles jailed
More than 75% of Louisiana’s incarcerated youth are locked up for non-violent and drug offenses. Instead of receiving the support and community-based alternatives that would better serve their needs these non-violent youth are placed in violent juvenile prisons that fail to provide effective counseling and treatment and fail to incorporate their families in their “rehabilitation.”
These pictures are not prisons but schools that children of New Orleans attend everyday Hurricane Katrina and the disaster to follow of the levees breaching, severely damaged New Orleans Schools. Many were damaged beyond repair; others still wait for renovations.
A fact New Orleanians are still dealing with today.
Something to know….
Functioning Schools Pre Katrina: 143
Schools Open (Feb. 2008): 87
- 60% Pre Katrina Capacity
Student Enrolled Pre-Katrina: 185,381
As of January 2006: 104,226
- 74% of Pre-Katrina levels
Reality for Many New Orleans’ Students
....The Modular School Campus
With your help, our “Paint the Change” program seeks to abolish this fact.
To Transform School and Community, Landscapes from the mundane, to ones of color, art and imagination!
Over the next 2 years……….
we will engage community groups, other nonprofits, local and visiting businesses; while pulling in the incredible artisans of New Orleans.
Without individuals like you our mission, vision and progress would have remained a dream. The images painted by CCAP volunteers are sketched before the project. This is the key that unlocks the artist in everyone!
All paintings from CCAP Projects go to New Orleans Schools and Community Spaces.
Known simply as “D”, he donned a hazmat suit and began to gut, de-mold and renovate homes in some of the most devastated areas of the city.
D. has developed projects for:
Guiding Light Soap Opera
New Orleans Saints
Tavis Smiley The State of the Black Union
Congress of Day Laborers
Hands On Network
STAND, a group of homeless and formerly homeless New Orleanians
D. has been featured On:
WVUE - Fox 8 New Orleans
Times Picayune Articles
NBC's "The Guiding Light" Volunteer Webcast
Oprah & Friends Radio Show on XM Radio
“Saints Rising” documentary
As part of the revitalization, D. was asked to produce a mural for Central City Head Start. This mural was the birth of his “Paint the change” showcase of some 2100 murals, located throughout the city.
“Working with the community on mural projects was a new experience for me, says D about his first project.”
Seeing the children respond to the murals is always very rewarding.
He engaged a number of other volunteers to assist with the community project and everything has snowballed from that effort.
Educators in the schools where some of the murals are located have noted that students are now requesting and checking out more books on the arts. I think that shows that art is a creative tool that also impact and influence.
Perhaps one of the best uses to date of CCAP artwork can be seen at Fannie C. Williams Elementary School in eastern New Orleans, where they help to transform the stark landscape of the school's modular buildings in an area heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
D. came to New Orleans in September 2006 from New York City where he worked as a publishing consultant. After seeing the Spike Lee documentary, “When the Levees Broke” he was motivated by the slow recovery rate in the Gulf, to volunteer a month of his time.
With his passion for art fueling his volunteerism, D. stayed long past his one-month commitment, and has been serving the Crescent City to bring beauty and hope to the city for nearly 2 years.
Crescent City Art Project, a collaborative partnership with The Art Miles Mural Project
Complete List of Schools
Albert Wicker Lit. Academy
Banneker Elementary School
Booker T. Washington
Central City E.O.C.
Clark High School
Fannie C Williams
Frederick A Douglass H.S.
H.C. Schaumburg Elem
James Weldon School
John McDonogh High School
L. E. Rabouin School
Sylvanie F. Williams
Walter L. Cohen H.S
Warren Easton School
Welcome Middle School