Outdoor Mural to Be Unveiled at French Quarter School
New Orleans, LA. (May 14, 2018) –Tomorrow afternoon at 12:00 PM, Homer A. Plessy Community School (Plessy School) will hold a press conference to unveil its new outdoor mural created by internationally renowned artist Cey Adams. Adams, a New York City native, is the former Creative Director of Hip-Hop franchise Def Jam Recordings and is the pioneer artist behind album covers for bands ranging from Beastie Boys, Jay Z, and Notorious B.I.G. His mural One Nation, during Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration was commissioned by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. He is locally represented by the Stella Jones Gallery who contributed to the project financially.
“I find New Orleans intriguing. It is timeless in so many ways and the creativity in this city is unlike anywhere else,” said Adams. “Last year I was doing the Jumpslide Artist/Activisit Residency and it turned out that the family that runs it has a student at Homer A. Plessy Community School. I was immediately drawn to the New Orleans Citizen's Committee and Homer Plessy’s historic stand against segregation in 1892 and saw it as a great way to visually record of that legacy to these students.” Jumpslide is a consulting firm based in New Orleans that also offers artist and activist residencies.
“I’m ecstatic for our students to be gifted with such an important and inspiring piece of art featuring our namesake,” said Meghan Raychaudhuri, Plessy’s Head of School. “We are grateful that our community –from staff and teachers to parents and neighbors and artists—participated in the production of the mural, from suggesting content for it to contributing time, money, expertise and materials. Not only does it enliven and beautify our campus, but we are proud to share it with the French Quarter and New Orleans as well.” The 8 foot by 32 foot outdoor mural can be found at the corner of St. Philip and Royal Street. The mural is the second in a series of major collaborative art projects planned with local and international artists, all of which is a key part of the arts-integrated curriculum taught at Plessy School.
About Homer A. Plessy Community School
Homer A. Plessy Community School opened its doors in 2013. Plessy School fosters project-based learning through the arts in a joyful and diverse environment. The only school in the French Quarter, Plessy School educates students in PreK 4 through 6th grade, growing a grade each year. For more information about Homer A. Plessy Community School, please visit www.plessyschool.org.
About Stella Jones Gallery:
For two decades, Stella Jones Gallery has played a pivotal role in highlighting the historical relevance of Black Art and is proud to be counted as one of the most respected African American fine art galleries in the country. We are listed as a Cultural Landmark by “The Drum” newspaper and named by “Thrillist” as one of THE FOUR SPOTS THAT HAVE TRANSFORMED THE ARTS DISTRICT INTO NOLA’S HOTTEST NEIGHBORHOOD.