Wendell Pierce and Sue Vaccaro
collected a Tony Award for Best Play June 10 for Clybourne Park, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway show the two produced. Clybourne Park examines the owners of a single home in 1959 and 2010. In the first act, neighborhood leaders try to stop sale of the house to a black family; in the second act, a black family attempts to stay in the house as the neighborhood gentrifies.
has donated profits from his book Letters From New Orleans to the Neighborhood Story Project (NSP), a nonprofit that helps New Orleanians construct narratives and make books telling their stories and those of their neighborhoods. Walker, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, has dedicated the funds to NSP's literacy programs.
The Little Free Library,
an international reading movement started in Wisconsin to establish more than 2,500 neighborhood book exchanges around the globe, now has at least seven free libraries in New Orleans. The latest additions are in the Lower 9th Ward and Gentilly. To learn more or to sponsor a Little Free Library in your neighborhood, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.
Jazz students from Lake Zurich, Ill.
spent a week in New Orleans, helping remediate houses while they learned about the city's jazz history. More than 40 young musicians made the trek to rip out defective drywall, install floors and build a garden for local residents. They also brought supplies for Covenant House and presented the homeless shelter for youth with a check for $1,300.