"What a Wonderful World"

By: Niyah Williams -Lafayette Academy

Grand Prize Winner

“I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them blossom for me and you, and I think to myself what a wonderful world.” The world is going through a phase. It is not all good, but the world may be getting better for us. New things are coming in our direction. We should all come together as a nation and do things that would satisfy us and make us safe. We the people need to make changes TOGETHER! We need to be more as a whole instead of individuals. We need more activities community wise, so the community isn’t involved in mindless behavior.

The community is a whole, so we should do things as whole such as pray together, have get togethers locally, parties, and raise money to fix up the community and make it a better place. This is important because it helps the community grow together as whole. It helps us come together as the people and do more for the community. It also helps us learn about our city in a positive way. These things could have positive influence on the community because it keeps our mind on the good things instead of being involved in destructiveness.

We as the people need to make changes together. We are as one, not individuals. We all need to volunteer through community services to clean our community. We also need to stop ridicule such as racism, stereotypes, homophobia, transgender etc. This is a huge problem and it is important that it be fixed because science has proven that everyone is made the same genetically, and the difference between people is only skin deep.

We need to have more schools and playgrounds instead of jails. People should not base amounts of beds in penitentiary because of fourth grade reading levels because they feel we should be able to read, but it’s only statistics. This is important because instead of doubting us they should help by having more enrichment programs, a lot of extracurricular activities, more healthy environments for learning. This could keep kids focused and it also can decrease the amount of fourth grade failures because of reading levels.

In conclusion, the world is too beautiful to have so much drama. We should be able to see the beauty and colors of the world instead of the darkness. We overlook the diversity of all the good things the world has in store for us and take it all for granted. People should be able to cherish and admire the world around them.

They should be able to understand how alluring the world is. These are all the things that will make the world wonderful.

A big thank you to all of our participants!! 



On the weekend of March 7th & 8th, NOJC participated in Soul Fest at Audubon Zoo. Soul Fest is  a two-day celebration of African American culture and is a great way for local families to celebrate African American History, and connect with nature while offering exposure to local restaurants, musicians and artisans. 

First place winner in the 3rd-5th grade category, Lacey Johnson, student of Immaculate Conception School in Gretna, Louisiana.

Our winning participants from the "What a Wonderful World" contest showcased their beautiful art works at our display station, which were featured alongside our organizations many other activities including Jazz at the Sandbar, Nickel-a-Dance and Louis Armstrong exhibit. 

“Satchmo, the Louisiana Years”

on display through July 2013

NOJC Exhibit “Satchmo, the Louisiana Years” will be on display through the month of July at the Donald Harrison Sr. Museum at 1930 Independence Street. This exhibit consists of images of Louis Armstrong’s life growing up in New Orleans and his visits after he left the city. The Exhibit was originally created for Armstrong’s Centennial in 2001 and then toured the state. It was damaged by Katrina waters in 2005 but most of the images were able to be recropped for this  exhibit. It debuted for the Louis Armstrong Birthday Breakfast Bash at the museum on July 4th.

Call the NOJC office at 504-309-5299 for more information.

The Passing Parade

New Orleans' Brass Band Tradition

A Touring Exhibit Presented by New Orleans Jazz Celebration

“The Passing Parade: New Orleans’ Brass Band Tradition” is a multimedia and interactive display illustrating the rich history of this unique musical genre. Using colorful imagery drawn by illustrator and African American historian Chuck Siler, the history of New Orleans Brass Bands is told  in conjunction with “informances” when possible, which use live brass band  and study materials as educational tools.  

Passing Parade Exhibit Inside

A touch screen display on one side of the exhibit offers a detailed history of brass bands with many archival photos, text and sound clips. The screen is surrounded by a beautifully designed display of second line sashes, corsages and umbrellas created by Mardi Gras Indian matriarch Herreast Harrison. The goal is to depict the evolution and persistent presence of brass bands in New Orleans from the military origins of the Civil War to the popular touring groups of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibit also demonstrates the importance of the brass band in terms of the cultural sociology of New Orleans traditions such as the Second Line and Jazz Funeral traditions. At its debut event on April 20, 2010, the respected Treme Brass Band played as the general public viewed the exhibit.

Passing Parade Exhibit Outside

The Passing Parade exhibit consists of a curved free standing pop up display wall measuring 8’ wide and 7 ½’ high. A portable touch screen is positioned on stand in concave side centered with wall displaying archival images and artwork. Chuck Siler image covers whole convex side with video viewer to side.

This exhibit was produced by New Orleans Jazz Celebration with assistance from the Louisiana State Museum, the Hogan Jazz Archives of Tulane University, the New Orleans Jazz Commission and the New Orleans International Music Colloquium.

 Artwork is by Chuck Siler and Herreast Harrison.  Exhibit Text written by Jack Stewart, Angelo Sphere and Jason Patterson. Research done by Jack Stewart, Jerry Brock, Chuck Siler and Angelo Sphere.

This exhibit is made possible by support from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation, Inc., the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. In Kind Support by the GHB Foundation and John O’Dell.

     Jazz and Heritage Foundation    Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities     Louisiana Cultural Economy


Informational exhibits are an essential part of New Orleans Jazz Celebration’s outreach program. Containing archival photos along with explanatory text, our exhibits allow viewers to quickly absorb information about the rich historical foundation of modern day New Orleans Jazz. Tours of our exhibits target the general public and school students from low income communities through visits to the exhibit’s host facility in their area, as well as travel internationally as part of our cultural exchanges.

Exhibit in South Africa       Exhibit at Mall

Brass Band Video gallery


Rebirth Brass Band

Storyville Stompers Brass Band


Olympia Brass Band

Scene from the 1973 James Bond Movie "Live & Let Die"


Eureka Brass Band


Soul Rebels Brass Band


Hot 8 Brass Band


TBC Brass Band

 Chuck Perkins- Jazz Funeral


 Brass Band of the Civil War

music by the Federal City Brass Band



 Free Agents Brass Band & Pigeon Town Steppers



 Funerals and Parades

Music by:  Isaria Brass Band, Bridge Pipers Jazz Band, New Orleans Hall Brass Band