Forum to discuss arts education in schools

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will host the second in a series of community forums Tuesday to get comments on the draft goals for an initiative to restore meaningful arts education to every K-8 classroom in New Orleans.

The forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart St.

The forum is part of Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child/New Orleans, a multiyear process in which New Orleans is developing a strategic plan for arts education in the school system.

Last year, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation partnered with the city, KID smART, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives to develop a plan to put arts back into the schools.

Since then, a large “community arts team” has met monthly with facilitators from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., to begin developing a strategic plan.

A forum in February collected input from the public on various aspects of the initiative. On Tuesday, a draft of the long-term goals of the initiative will be presented.

Admission is free.

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Group sponsors civil rights tour for kids

The National Basketball Retired Players Association, the alumni association for former professional players, will send underserved New Orleans youth on an educational and fun Civil Rights History Tour of Alabama on July 22.

The association also will sponsor a youth basketball and mentoring clinic on July 24 at a location to be announced as part of its Full Court Press: Prep for Success program that is supported by the National Basketball Association.

As part of the NBRPA’s sixth annual Civil Rights History Tour, up to 200 participating youngsters, ages 11-16, will visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Historic 16th Street Baptist Church and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. New to the itinerary this year is a stop in Selma — the starting point of the Selma-to-Montgomery march for voting rights in 1965.

Partnering with the NBRPA to sponsor the tour are the Jones Walker Law Firm, First NBC Bank, Entergy New Orleans, Friends of King Schools, WBOK Radio and the NORD Foundation.

Parents or guardians of youth interested in participating in the tour should contact Friends of King Schools at (504) 940-2243 or email Dr. Doris Roche-King at or Elise Adams at

Details on the July 24 clinic will be announced in the near future. Full Court Press: Prep for Success is the NBRPA’s youth empowerment and mentoring series that offers both basketball and classroom instruction for youngsters ages 10-16 in cities across the country.

Street rod, classic car rally set for Saturday

The Lakeview Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary will sponsor a “Magic of Memories” street rod and classic car rally Saturday to benefit the Louisiana Alzheimer’s Association.

The event will be held at 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington.

Car registration will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; the registration fee is $25. Judging will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with awards to be announced at 3 p.m.

Admission is free for those viewing the vehicles.

There will be awards for the top 25 cars and top 25 trucks, plus sponsor awards.

There will be music, food and door prizes.

For information, call Ricky Quigley at (985) 237-9134 or Cindy Quigley at (985) 273-8579.