Community Conversations

Community Conversations

Let’s Talk!

Community Conversations takes a thematic topic from the season’s operas that impact our communities today. Join us as we address each topic with a panel of thought leaders and experts in the field. These 60-minute discussions are free and open to the public and provide information about helpful resources when available. 

Who’s in Charge Here? Come Meet the Leaders.

Tuesday, August 27, 2024 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Join us for an engaging dialogue with the leaders of New Orleans’ vibrant arts organizations as we explore their vital roles within the community. This live event offers a unique opportunity to connect with local decision-makers in the arts scene, providing insights into their organizations and their impact. Open to all community members, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain deeper insights into the dynamic world of arts and culture in New Orleans.

New Orleans’ Impact on Classical Music

Tuesday, January 14, 2025 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Following the success of Jari Honora’s captivating lecture on the history of classical music in New Orleans at last year’s Black Administrators of Opera annual meeting, we’re thrilled to announce the upcoming release of a recorded session! Join us for a special Community Conversation event as we debut this insightful video. Delve into the rich heritage of classical music in New Orleans and gain unique perspectives on its evolution. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to explore the cultural tapestry of our city through the lens of music history.

What is the purpose of Community Conversations?

To encourage authentic engagement and share knowledge and resources. Thought leaders, experts, and community members are brought together to discuss relevant topics inspired by the season’s operas that are important to the New Orleans community today. 

To build awareness and effect sustainable change: Community Conversations bring together various community voices around a central touchpoint to engage in an open, facilitated dialogue to discover common ground and paths to understanding or change. 

Community Conversations is curated and led by Dr. Tara A. Melvin. Pictured here at Student Night Out.

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