This research examines the significance of the “Prospect New Orleans” series, a biennial arts festival founded shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. While contextualizing our research more broadly by considering the biennial festival experiences of other cities, we focus on the role that the “Prospect” biennial festival plays in New Orleans’ recovery and regeneration. As attention to the immediate disaster fades, how must subsequent editions of a biennial festival change to maintain interest and relevance in a recovering city? We also discuss opportunities and challenges involved with hosting a biennial arts festival in New Orleans by considering location and physical geography, tourist infrastructure, and the local arts community.
|Keywords:||Biennial Festivals, Disaster Recovery, Arts as Economic Development, New Orleans, Prospect New Orleans|
Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, USA
Director of Public Programs, Office of Innovation and Technology, City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA