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Landrieu Announces World Cultural Economic Forum

By Tom McClimon and Jocelyn Bogen
January 30, 2012

Chairing the meeting of the Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee, New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu invited the mayors to his city for the 2012 World Cultural Economic Forum to be held May 2-4. The World Cultural Economic Forum highlights the role of culture as an economic and social force that drives the creation of vibrant cities. "The World Cultural Economic Forum provides the ideal setting for leaders of our world's greatest cultural cities to come together and shape the dialogue on the impact of culture on the global economy," stated Landrieu.

The three-day meeting will allow mayors to participate in conversations with the world's mayors and political leaders regarding the best practices to cultivate, home, and quantify a city's unique culture. Mayors will also have the opportunity to network with business and government leaders to build lasting partnerships and economic opportunities. The forum will also allow participants to witness firsthand the nationally recognized New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Further information on the WCEF can be obtained at its website:

The Committee members also heard from three presenters: Jason Schupbach, Director of Design, National Endowment for the Arts; Ken Kimery, Executive Producer of the Jazz Masterworks Orchestra; and Su Lok, Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships for Scotts Miracle-Gro. Kimery discussed April 13 as "National Jazz Appreciation Day" and the ways mayors can expand the cultural and economic impact of jazz in cities. Lok then led a discussion on the 2012 GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Awards and gave an overview on ways they are supporting cities with green space development. Schupbach briefed the mayors on the guidelines for the National Endowment for the Arts' grant program-Our Town, which assist cities to leverage the arts to create more livable sustainable communities. Full guidelines can be found at the website: