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January 3, 2007 4:25 PM | | Comments (5)



The Oxford American magazine is interested in contacting you about our tenth-anniversary music issue, which features articles on several new orleans musicians. Could you please provide us with your email address? Thank you.
-SAra Arnold, Editorial Intern

Will you be writing about Prospect #1? We've only seen a little press on it up North. On paper it looks like it holds great promise because of the coordinated effort to have many constituencies from within the community and outside the community working together. It was nice to see the Times review.

It is heartening to think that contemporary fine arts could have a positive impact on the economics of New Orleans. Is it working? Are people visiting the art installations all over town? The show is appealing because there are no art stars;that it is a proving ground for new talent. The street party on Julia Street recognizing local artists and the involvement of the local schools makes it seem like there is full participation in the community? Is the local community beyond the arts really engaged? Do you need outside artists to reinterpret the agony of Katrina,when you have plenty of home grown artists who were personally and painfully impacted by the flooding to do that?

I am studying the pros and (it seems like mostly) cons of the affects of cultural tourism. It would be interesting to read an "on the ground" point of view.

Thank you.

Maggi Kirk

Hi Cynthia,

I recently discovered your blog and really enjoyed reading it -- especially your first-person account and interpretations. I wanted to share your blog with some of my blog's readers, and have linked to you at:

Would you mind linking back to me? I'd really appreciate it! If you're interested, please use the linking details below:

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Hello Cynthia:
Thanks for your hard work on getting the word out about how New Orleans (and the Gulf Coast) is coming back. I go to NO every year for Mother's Day and am so happy to see that the city looks better every time. If you have a minute, I'd be pleased to have you read my June posting on the Napoleon exhibit at my blog Orange-tinted Glasses.

Leann Davis Alspaugh


My name is Nicholas Forrest and I am an art market analyst, art critic and art consultant from Sydney, Australia. I recently started an art competition called Next Star Artist ( which is basically an international search for an artist that has the potential for major success in the art world but needs some help and assistance to achieve that success. That help will come in the form of a pr package, consultancy package and three months of mentoring and guidance from myself as well as various other promotional tools which the winner of the competition will receive as their prize. My goal in starting this competition is to give all those highly talented artists who go unrecognised another chance to shine and to provide a little bit of encouragement to those artists who may not have the knowledge, experience or resources to further their career.

Ten finalists have already been chosen from the more than 250 entries that were received which means that the next step in the competition is for the winner to be chosen from the ten finalists. The winner of the Next Star Artist competition will be chosen by a panel of judges which will be made up influential people from various different areas of the art world such as yourself. Because you are an influential art world figure I would like to request your assistance in judging this competition. All this would involve is viewing details of the ten finalists as well as examples of their work and picking the 3 finalists who you think have the greatest potential for a successful career as an artist. The reason that I have asked each judge to pick 3 artists from the ten finalists is to ensure as clear a result as possible.

I have already created a web page with all the information on each of the ten finalists and an image of their work which means that all you have to do is look at the web page and pick 3 artists. I have put a huge amount of time and effort into this competition and would be extremely grateful if you would take a few minutes to fulfill my request. The winner is due to be announced on the 27th of June so if you could reply to this email with the 3 artists you have chosen before the 27th of June I would be extremely grateful.

The ten finalists can be viewed here:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time

Kind Regards,

Nicholas Forrest
Art Consultant, Art Market Analyst, Art Critic
Sydney, Australia

Phone: +61 (0)2 94777130
Mobile: +61 (0)422699730

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