CitizenFEST: New Orleans, LA

Fri, May 11, 2018 at 6:30pm - Sat, May 12, 2018 at 5pm

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CitizenFEST: New Orleans is a free festive learning summit on how to exercise civic power, hosted by Citizen University in partnership with Family Independence Initiative. Activists, artists, and everyday citizens come together for a unique blend of art, creativity, and the concrete skills of effective change-making. Our country needs more people to show up in more places to practice power in more ways. Plus, free food and drinks! Join us!


Friday May 11

6:30pm - Doors open and registration. Snacks and drinks available on us!

7:00pm - Program begins

9:00pm - Program ends


Saturday May 12

8:30am - Doors open and registration. Light breakfast and coffee available on us!

9:00am - Morning Plenary program

10:30am - Morning Workshop: "Power + Character = Citizenship" Led by Citizen University team

12:15pm - Lunch with music by Yisrael Trio

1:30pm - Afternoon Workshops Led by FII Fellows

  • "The Village Model: Breaking the stigma of single parenting"

  • "Movementum:Family health advancement, social mobility and policy change"

  • "Economic Development: Grassroots excelling in a tourism environment"

  • "Cultural Hegemony: Revolution, resisting and embrace of New Orleans Gumbo" 

3:00pm - Closing Plenary

5:00pm - Adjourn

5pm-7pm - Happy hour and music from Love Evolutions


How do you get your voice heard? How do you change a rigged system? How do you stir others out of apathy or connect with those with whom you disagree? We’ll tackle these questions and more in a day and a half of skill-building workshops, artistic performances, and deep community conversations. Participants will leave with practical strategies of civic power to apply in their own work, new connections with community members, and new ideas and inspiration for the work at hand.

Our goal is to make registration as accessible and inclusive as possible, which is why it’s free to attend CitizenFEST! Walk-up registration welcome!


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New Orleans Jazz Market

1436 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113

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