futureNOLA Project Announces Nationally-Recognized Jurors



NEW ORLEANS, LA, September 7, 2018 -- Today the futureNOLA Project announced the first six jurors who will review submissions to the futureNOLA Call for Ideas. They include artist and activist, Brandan “BMIKE” Odums, artist and writer, Valentine Pierce, writer and producer, Laine Kaplan-Levenson, internationally-renown architect and educator, Nader Tehrani, affordable housing advocate, Andreanecia Morris, and artist, Simon Gunning. The futureNOLA Jury Selection Committee will continue to add to the jury in the coming month.

“The futureNOLA Project is open to anyone who wants to share their vision for New Orleans’ future, through art, writing, architecture, performance, and so on,” said Joel Pominville, Co-Chair of the futureNOLA Project and Executive Director of the New Orleans Architecture Foundation. “These leaders are an inspiration to many in our community, locally and regionally. They represent the diversity of backgrounds and expertise we hope will be reflected through the futureNOLA Call for Ideas.”

Considering environment, cultural identity, equity, and smart growth, futureNOLA seeks proposals that envision opportunities and solutions for New Orleans over the next 300 years. futureNOLA invites creatives of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, and professions to take part in imagining this future. The futureNOLA Call for Ideas is open through September 30, and open to anyone who would like to share their vision of New Orleans’ future. Submissions will be considered for recognition in an exhibition and reviewed by this distinguished, multidisciplinary jury.

For more information on the futureNOLA Project, and to submit to the Call for Ideas, please visit www.futurenola.com


The futureNOLA Project includes an International Call for Ideas, Exhibition, Gala, and Publication, collectively offering a platform for individuals and teams to share their future of New Orleans with professionals, politicians, and the public. The Call for Ideas has been crafted to allow submissions of all types (visual, text, audio, video, etc.) through September 30, 2018. The futureNOLA Project is a project of the New Orleans Architecture Foundation. 

Jury member information can be found online here:

Simon Gunning
Australian-born, New Orleans-based artist

Laine Kaplan-Levenson, writer and producer
Host and Producer of TriPod: New Orleans at 300

Andreanecia Morris, affordable housing advocate
Executive Director of HousingNOLA and 2017 New Orleanian of the Year

Brandan “BMIKE” Odums, artist, activist and mentor
Creator of Studio Be

Valentine Pierce, spoken word artist, writer, editor, and actor
Author of Up Decatur and Geometry of the Heart

Nader Tehrani, internationally-recognized architect and educator
Founder of NADAAA and Dean of The Cooper Union, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

This announcement has been made online here: