Arts Council to unveil sculpture at Levees.org’s Levee Exhibit Hall & Garden

The Arts Council of New Orleans, in partnership with the City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) and the residents of the Filmore Gardens neighborhood, will unveil a new sculpture at Levees.org’s Levee Exhibit Hall & Garden.

WHAT: Unveiling Ceremony
WHEN: Sunday, November 7th from 3:30-5:30
WHERE: 5000 Warrington Drive
WHO: The Arts Council of New Orleans, the City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Development Authority (NORA), residents of the Filmore Gardens neighborhood and Levees.org

The art commission arose out of a much broader project––the Gentilly Resilience District made possible through a $141 million grant received by the City of New Orleans from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) National Disaster Resilience Competition.

The goal of the Gentilly Resilience District is to reduce flood risk, slow land subsidence, improve energy reliability, and encourage neighborhood revitalization.

The art commission is one of several public art works that the Arts Council is coordinating for the St. Anthony neighborhood in Gentilly, which saw catastrophic flooding when levees and floodwalls breached during Hurricane Katrina. The purpose of public art is to illuminate, educate, and catalyze action about the environmental challenges facing the city.

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“Words Whispered in Water” wins two more awards

Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal’s book “Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina” has recently won two more awards.

On August 21, Rosenthal learned that her book had won the Silver Falchion Award in the Best Nonfiction category. This award is given to debut authors who incorporate mystery, suspense and thriller into their work.

On September 15, Rosenthal got word that her book had won the Readers’ Favorite Award in the Nonfiction – Government/Politics category.

These two awards brings the total number of awards to seven. “Words Whispered in Water” has also won four distinctions.

For more about the Silver Falchion Award, the Readers’ Favorite Award, and the other five awards that “Words Whispered in Water” has won, click here.

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Founder Rosenthal featured by national media on Hurricane Ida

Updated: 9/15/21. Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal was featured by multiple national media for her commentary on the New Orleans levee system and Hurricane Ida.

On August 31, Rosenthal’s remarks were included in a story by the Washington Post’s senior editor Marc Fisher.

Julie Rose with Top of Mind interviewed Rosenthal on September 1. This national radio show states on its website that the show is “smart, informative, unflinching conversations that go beyond mere headlines and sound bites.”

Philip Kiefer with Popular Science also reached out to Rosenthal for her comments on September 10.

And on September 13, Rosenthal’s comments were featured in a story by Business Insurance written by Matthew Lerner.

In all the interviews, Rosenthal’s goal was focusing on the human cost of the current levee system in place when Hurricane Ida arrived, built by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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