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UNO Arts Programs Participate in Sixth Annual Culture Collision

August 11, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 11 -- The University of New Orleans issued the following news release:

Artists, musicians and administrators from the University of New Orleans are headed this month to the city's Sixth Annual Culture Collision, with plans to showcase the arts, visual arts, film, theater and music programs and resources the University has to offer. These programs are available to the public on the easily accessible Lakefront Campus and at the UNO St. Claude Avenue Gallery.

The cultural season in New Orleans officially begins with Culture Collision, a city-wide celebration that brings together more than 60 New Orleans nonprofit visual and performing arts organizations for a one-night-only event designed to encourage participation in the New Orleans art scene. The Sixth Annual Culture Collision is designed as a trade show for the arts, a one-stop-shop for 65 artistic and cultural organizations to promote their activities. It is also billed as a "happy hour."

This year, the famed event designed to encourage participation in the New Orleans art scene will take place at a new location: the National World War II Museum.

Representatives of the UNO Music Department, Film and Theatre Department, Fine Arts Department and Arts Administration Department will host an "Arts at UNO" table and present information on the University's wide array of arts, theater and music programs, said Tony Micocci, assistant director of the arts administration program at UNO. UNO arts leaders will provide newcomers with materials and a campus map highlighting arts venues on campus.

Ongoing cultural events at UNO include:

* Musical Excursions, a concert series in the superb Recital Hall showcasing the finest in classical and world music performances

* Visual art events and Second Saturday openings at the UNO St. Claude Gallery, located in the St. Claude Arts District

* Plays produced by Theatre UNO during fall and spring seasons

* Jazz at the Sandbar series of concerts at the Lakefront Campus, highlighting both local and national talent

* The UNO Film Festival, holding screenings to round out the fall and spring semesters

* MFA and senior art shows in the Fine Arts Gallery on the UNO Lakefront Campus

This year's Culture Collision is expected to be bigger than ever with more participating organizations than ever and thousands of visitors, organizers said. Each institution will have materials on their membership opportunities, previews of their upcoming seasons and schedules and information for participants to take home.

The public celebration "is increasingly seen as a highly anticipated public celebration of the arts and culture of our city," said Micocci.

The event is sponsored by New, The National World War II Museum and Canary Collective. Organizers include: the Arts Council of New Orleans, Deveney Communication, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans Ballet Association, New Orleans Opera Association, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Southern Repertory Theatre and WWNO.

Participants can get their photos taken in a photo booth, see pop-up performances by local musicians or enjoy seafood, snowballs and other New Orleans delicacies while perusing tables hosted by local organizations. They will also be able to participate in a drawing for tickets to upcoming events and other fun. Multiple cash bars will also be on site.

The Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, Caribbean Carnival/Friends of Culture, Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and The Creativity Collective are expected to give performances.

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