There isn’t much to say about Hurricane Katrina, the natural disaster that prompted failure of the federal levees and left much of New Orleans and the Gulf South submerged and in shambles. But we can reflect.
The City of New Orleans, through its Katrina 10 program, features several events happening in connection with the anniversary of the storm, which happened 10 years ago as of Aug. 29. Take a look at some of the Katrina-related events happening around New Orleans – whether you choose to remember is up to you. You can also visit Katrina 10 for a full list of events.
When: Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 – Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street
What: This weeklong series of panel discussions focuses on stories of organizations, government officials, and individuals on subjects like civic engagement, criminal justice reform, and culture and tourism since Hurricane Katrina. Registration required. Learn more here.
When: Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at 8:29 a.m.
Where: Hurricane Katrina Memorial, 5056 Canal Street
What: A morning prayer service at the Katrina Memorial commemorating the unidentified and unclaimed bodies from the storm.
When: Saturday, Aug. 29 starting at 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Where: Various locations throughout the city of New Orleans
What: A day of service where thousands of volunteers will focus on service across seven parts of the city. All in all, volunteers will help support more than 100 different projects. Learn more here.
When: Through Sept. 7
Where: New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle
What: A multimedia exhibit focused on themes of memory, loss, and revitalization. The exhibit features abstract visualizations rather than overt references to the storm. Learn more here.
When: Aug. 22 through Jan. 9, 2016
Where: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street
What: A collection of 77 photographs from local photographer David Spielman touching on themes of destruction and stunted recovery.
When: Now through Aug. 30
Where: The New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave
What: A fine art photographic journal that will eventually become a coffee table book of the same name. Browse images capturing some of the most influential jazz, blues, soul, and roots musicians as you read accompanying text about these important members of the community. Learn more here.