WWNO 89.9 FM and Jefferson Performing Arts Society team up to bring Culture Collision back. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Culture Collision 12 returns Wednesday, September 21 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center in Metairie. The last Culture Collision event took place in August 2019.
Culture Collision is an annual showcase for nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the New Orleans metro area. From the city’s classic arts institutions to its resourceful contemporary newcomers, this happy hour event reflects the diversity of the area’s creative community. The event is free and open to the public – and for this return year, the fee for organizations to book a display table has been waived. More than 60 local arts and culture businesses are expected to join, with several of the participating organizations presenting live performances.
“Since its inception in 2008, Culture Collision’s goal has been to bring all kinds of arts and culture to people from all parts of the metropolitan area,” said Paul Maassen, chief executive of WWNO, the NPR affiliate. in New Orleans. “WWNO is thrilled that Culture Collision 2022 will continue this mission and spotlight our region’s newest investment in the arts, the Jefferson Performing Arts Center.”
This beloved community arts event makes its debut in Jefferson Parish after more than a decade in New Orleans, where it has been held at renowned cultural venues such as the National World War II Museum, the contemporary art center, the Ogden Museum and the Museum of New Orleans. of art.
In July 2022, the Jefferson Performing Arts Society was named the new director of the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. “Our hosting of Culture Collision aligns with our goal of creating a wider array of presentations and programs at this magnificent gem of a venue,” said Todd Simmons, CEO of the Jefferson Performing Arts Center and Executive Director of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. “We look forward to welcoming arts and culture organizations of all genres and their audiences here in September to show them all we have to offer and let them know that our doors are always open to new opportunities and partnerships. .
Jefferson Performing Arts Center is located at 6400 Airline Drive in Metairie near the old Zephyr Stadium, not far from the Saints’ training camp and adjacent to LaSalle Park. Parking in the parking lot adjacent to the Jefferson Performing Arts Center is free. For more information, visit culturenola.com.