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YLC Announces A Streetcar Named Inspire
Chicago Had Cows. Seattle Had Pigs. And Now New Orleans Unveils the Streetcar.
NEW ORLEANS ¨C November 20, 2007 ¨C The Young Leadership Council (YLC) formally announces the kickoff to A Streetcar Named Inspire, a community art project that will place 200 streetcar©\shaped custom creations developed by local artists and sponsored by businesses throughout New Orleans as part of YLC¡¯s ongoing mission to inspire hope throughout the city.
¡°YLC has always been about fostering a sense of pride in one¡¯s self and one¡¯s city,¡± says Jude Boudreaux, YLC¡¯s A Streetcar Named Inspire¡¯s Project Co©\Leader, ¡°and this project¡¯s goal is to provide a tangible sign of hope and recovery to citizens and visitors of New Orleans.¡±
The streetcars, which will be approximately 6¡¯ by 2¡¯ and made of fiberglass, will be, according to Boudreaux, ¡°a blank canvas completely at the disposal of the artists.¡± The only requirement is that design themes answer the question ¡°What inspires you about New Orleans?¡± Artists must submit their sketches by December 10 before sponsors choose their artists at a mid©\December event.
Sponsorships, which cost $5,000, will include signage at the base of the car and the option to purchase the streetcars pre©\sale. After being placed around the city in early 2008, the designed streetcars will grace the city until early 2009 when they will be sold at auction.
Proceeds from the sale of the streetcars will go to a yet©\undetermined public project, and YLC hopes to continue its tradition of philanthropy, particularly in the arts sector.
¡°Our goal is to raise enough funds to accomplish a significant, memorable project in New Orleans,¡± says Amy Catalanotto, YLC¡¯s A Streetcar Named Inspire¡¯s Project Co©\Leader. ¡°We want future generations to look at the results of our efforts and be inspired.¡±
2000¡¯s Festival of Fins, another YLC initiative, raised more than $550,000 for approximately thirty charitable organizations throughout New Orleans.
From Wednesday at the Square to the lighting of the Crescent City Connection, YLC¡¯s efforts have always been successful and widely felt throughout the city,¡± says Amy Boyle, Executive Director of YLC. ¡°At the core of our organization is the sentiment that young people can make a huge, positive difference.¡±
Artists¡¯ submissions can be sent to [email protected]
, and hardcopy submissions can be sent to the Young Leadership Council office (P.O. Box 56909, New Orleans, LA 70156©\6909).
Those interested in sponsoring a streetcar can contact Jude Boudreaux at 504.586.3070 or [email protected]
The Young Leadership Council is a non-profit, non-partisan civic organization created to develop leadership through community projects and civic engagement. Over the last 21 years, the YLC has raised more than $25 million dollars for its projects. And each year, YLC members give more than 10,000 volunteer hours to the greater New Orleans area. Notable YLC projects include: the Proud To Call It Home civic pride campaign, creation of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, lighting of the Crescent City Connection, Festival of Fins public art display, YLC Wednesday at the Square and the One Book, One New Orleans community reading and literacy awareness project.
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