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BOXES 07-04-06

BOUQUET Irvin Mayfield, founder and artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, performed last Monday (June 26) at the White house as part of the celebration of Black Music Month. President Bush declared June 2006 as Black Music Month to honor ÒAfrican-American artists who have enhanced our lives and created some of our NationÕs most treasured art forms.Ó Mayfield joined [singer?] Patti Austin and B.B. King (and others?) in his White House gig, which focused on Gulf Coast music Ñ blues, jazz and soul.

BOUQUET YA/YA, a non-profit youth arts organization based in New Orleans, was featured on ÒNick News with Linda Ellerbee: Children of the Storm,Ó on Sunday (July 2) on Nickelodeon. On the program, kids shared their reasons for returning to New Orleans in the face of poverty and destruction. YA/YA (Young Artists/Young Aspirations) gives young artists, ages 8-24, a chance to apprentice with professionals in a program modeled after the artist guild system. YA/YA suspended operations after Katrina, but reopened in January.

BOUQUET Marymount's School of Business Administration in Arlington, Va., has launched www.ShoptoRebuild.org to facilitate the recovery of Gulf Coast businesses damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Web site lists shops that were damaged in the storm but have reopened, and allows customers to place merchandise orders online. The site is the brainchild of Marymount University professor Nancy Englehardt, a New Orleans native, who maintains the site with help from other faculty and graduate students.

BOUQUET New Orleans' Hospitality Industry put its collective best foot forward in hosting the 18,000 members of the American Library AssociationÕs convention, the first group to bring a large convention to the city after Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau dressed the city in ÒWeÕre Jazzed YouÕre here!Ó banners, and the rest of the hospitality industry adopted it as a business mantra in their dealings with the visitors.

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