T H E R E C Y C L E CHALLENGE
The Recycle Challenge
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There may be changes to the schedule due to the presence of COVID.
As a conscious minded event, we thrive to walk being informed of how the
variants are directly affecting our local and global partners. Due to this factor, we want to keep our events safe for those who attend and more importantly, for our team.
New Orleans will host The Recycle Challenge on Earth Day for 2022.
Attendees will be introduced to an online experience and a limited in person event. The event planned will visual intertwine recycling with discussions, live performances, vendors and more! All celebrating green to sustainable practices.
WHY WE NEED TO RECYCLE?
WHAT IS THE RECYCLE CHALLENGE?
PROJECT CURRENT STATUS
Our programs through Whose Magazine? A Youth Publication worked through the 2018 to 2019, school year with Light Christian Academy in the Lower 9th Ward. Through the introduction to Rowena K. and her artist husband, Russell Robinson, the three formed a collaboration to develop programs in the school. Programs developed: recycling & art, Photography, Cooking With A Chef, KBS News Show and Whose Magazine. It is through this program that youth created paper guitars (6 to 10 guitars). And have started the assembly of Madera Rogers-Henry "SunFlower Dress".
A grant has been provided by Ya' Heard Me & TANDEM ED Grant awarded to Chic Nouvelle Model Management. The grant has provided stipends for rehearsals, script writing and planning for 2023 Paper Dresses.
Meeting at Co-Sponor - The McCommick family property in New Orleans. The first meeting after the pandemic began. Youth & adult artists, along with parents start the base work for the paper dresses.
COVID GUIDELINES & PROTECTION
To maintain our schedule and to keep our team safe during the pandemic. Made shifted any meeting in persons to online rehearsals ZOOM. We are currently working within the guidelines
July 2021 - December 2021
For the past six months, our small performance team consisting of: Creator of The Dress Challenge, Madera Rogers-Henry, is joined by songwriter & main performer: Jared Valry. Valry serves as the conscious of the event utilizing his skills as fire flow artist, singer/musician and entertainer . As Deacon Truth & Consequences he weaves performance and storytelling into the overall flow of the performance parade. Regular meetings include sponsor of Chic Nouvelle Model Talent Management, owner Rowena K. Robinson. A special thank you to Rowena who received a grant from Ya' Heard Me & TANDEM ED for stipends to create scripts, rehearse and youth and adult artists -create paper dresses for 2022 and 2023 event. Our youth member is 16year old, Sasha Woods of New Orleans. See the below listings of "Big Moma's Dress", "Star & Spangle Paper Dress", "The Church Dress" and "The Hallowed Fire Dress."
There's various collaborations, which will be introduced in December. A special note goes to the Association of Milliners of Nigeria, based in Lagos, Nigeria, has one-hundred members. The challenge for Lagos? Create from recycled material, new works of art. Through an online voting experience - The People's Choice, ten to fifteen hats will be introduced at the New Orleans, Earth Day festival & parade. The remaining hats will be available for on line auction. details are being organized for an event in Lagos that will be "live-streamed to the New Orleans event.
Video Length: 47:25
The Map Dress has been crafted to honor The "Negro Motorist Green Book". Published in 1936 to 1948, in the era of Jim Crow, the travel guide assisted Black travelers with a trusted resource guide.
"The African Dress" script and rehearsals will be scheduled in December honoring the values of Kwaanza and history. The dress will be crafted by artist, 16 year old, Sasha Woods of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Video Length: 9:17
Stars & Spangle Paper Dress
Honors 1863 to 1867 Youth Artist: Rose
Support Artist: Hailey Haynes
(Watching Time:)Watch video of dress.
Meet Rose and her mother (watching Time:)
The Church Dress
*Honors September 15, 1963
Adult Artist: Reuben Craddock
Support Artist: Russell Robinson
Support Artist: Madera Rogers-Henry
Paper Top & Collar
Honors event around The 16th Street Church Bombing of four young girls incidents in history that involved fires or bombings.
Final draft script & technical rehearsal video
The Hallowed Fire Dress
*October 31st to November 1st - All Saint's Day
Discusses origin of Hallow Eve to All Saint's Day
Acknowledges the origins of halloween, All Saints Day and the African connection to the wearing of costumes. The African celebration connects to rites of passage, ancestors, celebration of life and transition to death.
Watch Zoom presentation
Final draft script &
technical rehearsal video