Each year during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) one day is designated as Water Challenge Day where organizations, environmentalists, and industry leaders gather to discuss better solutions for how we live with water.
In a new addition to the Water Challenge Day during NOEW, innovative organizations are requesting proposals for an exterior public art installation themed around the challenge of living with water in the city of New Orleans. This project is being put on by the Arts Council of New Orleans: Place + Civic Design division and Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation.
Finalists for the arts-based proposal will compete for a project budget of $25,000 to be determined by an audience vote at the Water Challenge Day.
Ultimately, the community-based, interactive piece will be installed on the new Lafitte Greenway, with the intention of sparking community engagement and active participation in water and the issues it poses in our city, according to Propeller.
“Propeller is excited to feature water as a tool for both artistic expression and community engagement,” said Propeller Programs Coordinator Virginia Hanusik.
The social innovation hub seeks proposal requests that are conceptual, forward thinking, and reflect ideas expressly related to water, while also taking into account the context of the geographic location. Propeller says the installation can range from low-tech solutions to contemporary uses of technology and can allow for possible interactivity and/or functionality to be built in.