"What A Wonderful World" Art & Essay/ poetry Contest


The New Orleans Jazz Celebration’s Annual “What a Wonderful World” Art/Essay/Poetry contest honors the legacy of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong through outstanding artistic work from students with the focus on the essence of the Jazz music in the Crescent City.

This contest is an opportunity for students in grades Kindergarten through High School to demonstrate their visual arts, oratorical, and written skills. Student’s work will be judged in accordance with the contest guidelines and rules created by professionals in the field of visual arts or English. Each entrant in the Satchmo "What a Wonderful" Art-Poetry contest received a certificate of participation and prize. Place winners of the Art contest not only received a monetary prize and have their work displayed at the Satchmo Summer Festival, but their art work will also be on display for four months in the local EXCELth Health Clinic(s).

Thank you to all who PARTICIPATED in the 2019 Contest!

The awards ceremony was held on Friday, May 24th at the Ellis Marsalis Center.

Thank you to their team for donating their space again!


Photos taken by Peter Nakhid and music from Oscar Rossignoli and Steve Lands.

Thank you!

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Grand Prize Winner

Category 9th – 12th Grade

Eleanor McMain

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Some of this year’s Entries:

2018's Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize Painting by Art Contest Winner: Jamal Cook,10th Grade Eleanor McMain Secondary School

Grand Prize Painting by Art Contest Winner: Jamal Cook,10th Grade Eleanor McMain Secondary School

Photos from this years Awards Ceremony:



Some of 2018’s Participants:

Past Winners


Last Year's Essay Contest Winner:

"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.

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