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A Look Back at MK’s Courtyard Celebration

Posted: Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at 3:05 pm in Events, News

On June 29, 2016, NPN/VAN celebrated MK Wegmann upon her retirement after more than 15 years of leading the organization as President & CEO. The event was held in the gardens of Arts Estuary 1024, the recently realized multi-tenant arts facility and long-time dream of MK and NPN/VAN. More than 150 guests enjoyed an evening filled with music, which included arrangements by Nick Slie and Company; a trio composed of Michaela Harrison, Monica McIntyre and Joy Clark; and the 7th Ward brass band To Be Continued (TBA). Longtime colleagues and friends presented tributes, including Carol Bebelle from Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Don Marshall from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Cherice Harrison Nelson from the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, Kiyoko McCrae from Junebug Productions, Asante Salaam from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, and Neil Barclay from the Contemporary Arts Center. City of New Orleans proclamations were presented to MK from the City Council and the Mayor’s office. Finally, NPN/VAN staff and board member John White dedicated the back space at Arts Estuary 1024 as MK’s Courtyard, a living tribute to MK’s exemplary cultural leadership. For photos of the event see below.

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