Last Chance for Prospect.4


The fourth cycle of the citywide arts exhibition opened in November 2017 and ends February 25th. It’s your last chance to check out a variety of pieces inspired by the lotus plant. This gorgeous, aquatic flower has a rich history in the swamp, proof that objects of great beauty can arise from muddy waters. There’s a strong connection between the lotus and New Orleans, and it’s known to symbolize creativity within destruction. Revered by Buddhists for spiritual enlightenment and a symbol in Hinduism for overcoming obstacles, it’s a reminder that art brings light to darkness.

“The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp” is an homage to the natural beauty of the local bayous, wetlands, and lakes. It also gives a nod to the one of a kind cultural landscape. Archie Shepp called jazz a lily that grows “in spite of the swamp.” Artists have taken their own interpretation of the flower in this months-long exhibit you don’t want to miss.


And Still We Blossom


Prospect.4 is intertwined with the city’s tricentennial celebration. Three hundred years after Nouvelle-Orleans was founded by the French in 1718, P.4 utilizes the city’s character to address global issues. The exhibit is international with a southward focus. Artists with connections to the Global and American South are especially highlighted.


You’ll encounter a range of perspectives from around the world. With over 20 venues including public sites and museums, it’s a truly immersive experience. Visit the official site to plan your stops.