It is often said that in New Orleans “culture seeps up from the sidewalk.”
I’m not sure who first said it, but the thought could be said about many cities in Louisiana. This state is unique, and we work hard to preserve our culture of original music, exquisite art and architecture, and delicious Creole and Cajun cuisine. Oh, and did I mention our wonderful people who warmly welcome all to the state?
This issue of Louisiana Boomers celebrates Louisiana’s cultural treasures. You will meet Ben Jaffe, whose family has owned Preservation Hall, one of the country’s most revered jazz clubs, since 1961. Located in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street, Preservation Hall’s master musicians perform 350 nights of the year. Through its foundation, Preservation Hall serves to protect and preserve jazz by working with students, thus perpetuating jazz for generations to come.
Our state’s museums and local symphonies are additional cultural assets that must be enjoyed and supported. Whether you walk the halls of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, or attend a local symphony performance, or visit a small, intimate gallery, you will find beauty and sounds that inspire and excite. Learn how to support these venues in this issue.
Food is another art form in our state. Where else can you find a pot of sizzling gumbo, a mountain of boudin, or a platter of Natchitoches meat pies? Only in Louisiana.
Last, in this issue we welcome New Orleans artist and Boomer Katie Rafferty, whose whimsical art has delighted her fans for decades. Her creations brighten homes from the Big Easy to the Big Apple. Katie’s art also can be found in the Louisiana Children’s Museum and in the Chicory House, a brand new bistro in The Rink in the New Orleans Garden District.
There’s so much to see, hear, taste, and enjoy in Louisiana. Get out and support the arts in whatever way suits your fancy. Time’s a wastin’.