Plessy School Presents Plessy Fest and Its Plessy Person of the Year, Big Freedia
New Orleans, La. (September 19, 2018) –This Saturday, September 22, 2018, Homer A. Plessy Community School (Plessy School), the French Quarter’s only school, will award its Plessy Person of the Year to Big Freedia, at the second annual Plessy Fest. The event’s theme is “Taking It to the Street” because it will be held from 11:00am to 4:00pm throughout the 700 block of Saint Philip Street, where the school’s campus is located. Plessy Fest is free to the public and features live music, food trucks, family fun for all ages, and is the school’s main fundraiser.
“We’ve are thrilled to reveal that for the first time in our school’s history, we are awarding our inaugural Plessy Person of the Year during Plessy Fest to the one and only, Queen Diva, Big Freedia,” said Meghan Raychaudhuri, head of school. “Freedia was selected because she represents the background of many of our students that grew up in the same neighborhood, facing the same difficulties throughout childhood such as street violence, gun death, and gender non-conformity. Plessy School recognizes the bravery, the perseverance, and the talent that Freedia has exhibited in her life and career to reach the top of her art form.” Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce music, has pioneered this New Orleans form of rap and dance, and has been recognized on the national music scene by collaborating with Grammy award winners Beyoncé and Drake.
“I’m honored to be named the Plessy Person of the Year by Homer A. Plessy Community School,” said Freedia. “I can’t think of a more important educational setting than the one that promotes the arts and diversity, and I am happy to lend any support I can to this cause.”
Plessy School is grateful to its Plessy Fest Title Sponsor at the $5,000 Level, the Michalopoulos Foundation, for its generous support and continued community partnership throughout the 2018-19 school year. The Event Sponsors include: Antenna (Draw-A-Thon), Benton Tree Service, Center Staging, LLC, Fluor Corporation, French Market Coffee, French Market Realty, Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré, and Preservation Hall Foundation. The Supporting Sponsors ($500 Level) are 4th Sector Solutions, Adams and Reese, LLP, Adler’s Jewelry, Lowe, Stein, Allweiss & Hauver, and Terrell Construction Services. All of the sponsors make possible Plessy School’s mission to foster project based-based learning through the Arts in a joyful and diverse environment.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
721 Saint Philip Street Philip Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
PLESSY FEST LINEUP
11:00- 11:45 N’Fungola Sibo Dance and Drum Company
12:00- 1:45 Zena Moses and Rue Fiya
2:00- 4:00 Ricio and Reece’s Pieces
About Homer A. Plessy Community School
Homer A. Plessy Community School opened its doors in 2013. The arts-integrated, projects-based curriculum provides a stimulating environment that insists on academic excellence in a developmentally appropriate setting for students in grades Pre-K through sixth. Plessy strives to mature its students into whole, healthy people who are confident about their gifts and their place in the world. For more information about Homer A. Plessy Community School, please visit www.plessyschool.org.
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