FORESTival: A Celebration of Art and Nature
Saturday, November 12, 2022 ~ 11am - 5pm
Sabine McCalla
Former Replenish Resident Sabine McCalla will return to the woods to serenade us! Singer-songwriter Sabine McCalla writes heartfelt, intimate folk-inspired songs that also draw on gospel and rhythm and blues influences. 
12pm - 1pm 
Zydeco Dance Party
We are excited to feature the sweet sounds of Wayne Singleton & Same Ol’ 2 Step (all the way from Lake Charles!), accompanied by Zydeco dance instruction from Harold Guillory, king of Zydeco dance music instructors and founder of Louisiana Zydeco Live. It'll be a Zydeco dance party under the trees and everyone's invited!
1:30pm - 3pm
Shamarr Allen 
Shamarr Allen will keep the dance party going and close out the day in style. Hailing from the Lower 9th Ward, Allen has influences in jazz, hip-hop, rock, funk rhythms, blues, and countryHe is a sought after artist for festivals and venues around the world. 3:30pm - 4:30pm 
Installation by The Weavers Project
The Weavers Project - former Adaptations Resident kai barrow, Willa Conway, and La Tonya Green - will create an on-site interactive installation that considers legacy and regeneration. 
Reading by Sha'Condria "Icon" Sibley
Former Replenish Resident Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley will read original poetry written during her time in the woods. Sha'Condria is an Alexandria, LA native and longtime New Orleans-based poet and artist whose work spans visual art, theater, music, and film.
Singing to the River with Shay Nichols
Former Flint & Steel resident Shay Nichols will lead a "Singing to the River" workshop. This will be a deep practice of listening to the river and finding tones, melodies, and rhythms to create spontaneous song offerings to the lifeblood of our city. 
Plant Printmaking with Pippin Frisbie-Calder
Former Flint & Steel Resident Pippin Frisbie-Calder will lead participants in creating monoprints with the plants of the forest. Together we will display our prints to create a collaborative, ephemeral mural inspired by the work of our founder Lucianne Carmichael.
Gulf Fish Drawing with Brandon Ballengée
Current Special Collaboration Resident Brandon Ballengée will lead a fish drawing workshop. Participants will learn about how environmental disasters have affected gulf fish species while creating art about these fish. Brandon Ballengée is a visual artist, biologist and educator.
Kids in the Woods Activities
Recent Summer Camp instructor Cori Ander will lead attendees in creating puppets based on the creatures of the forest. Summer Camp Alumni will lead our festival-favorite Build-a-Clay-Forest activity, guiding attendees in creating a collaborative forest out of clay, sticks, and imagination.
Liberatory Land Offering and Sacred Space by ChE 
Former Adaptations Resident ChE invites you to make an offering on the altar of our collective transformation. What must be shed and returned to the earth, healed and re-membered to reorient our relationship to the land’s layered histories of slavery, marronage, and Indigenous stewardship?
Environmental Justice Hub
The Environmental Justice Hub presented by Earthworks and The Solutions Project. Festival-goers will have the chance to chat with representatives from RISE St. James and Another Gulf is Possible, including former Rising Resident Yudith Nieto. The hub will also a performance by the Congo Square Drum Circle.
Creole Food and Medicine Walk with Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes
This special tour of the woods will focus on the plants and animals of the bottomland hardwood forest and their roles in Black Southern and Creole foodways, medicine, and folkways. Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes is a former Jean Lafitte park ranger and a collector of Creole songs and stories.
Walks in the Woods with Tulane Scientists
Learn more about the land - from the trees to the fungi to the environmental threats it faces - on Walks in the Woods with Environmental Curator David Baker and Tulane Ecologist Elizabeth MacDougal.
Silent Auction
Our silent auction will include unique items and experiences from generous donors including the New Orleans Pelicans, Ritz-CarltonAudubon Zoo, and this one-of-a-kind bag from Tchoup Industries that features invasive Lionfish leather.
Food, fun, and more!
We will have a little something for everyone with food provided by Big O's Original Pops, Plant Bass Vegan Deli, and Top Notch Creole Creations. Beer provided by Zony Mash Beer Project
Get your FORESTival tickets NOW!
Special thanks to our FORESTival Committee:
Jeff Bromberger, Entrepreneur 
Angelle Bradford, Sierra Club 
Kelsey R. Foster, Algiers Economic Development Foundation
Kaitlynn Joshua, EarthWorks
Teddy McGlynn-Wright, Board Member
Alexandra Mora, Board Member 
Renee Peck, Board Member 
Robert Taylor, Algiers Economic Development Foundation 
FORESTival is made possible by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund, Earthworks, The Solutions Project, Zony Mash Beer Project, Walmart Giving, Ten Nineteen Gallery, WWNO, Thomas & Ellen Prewitt, Ellen & Mac Ball, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Brennan, Jr., Joe M. Carmichael, and Constance Willems.
A Studio in the Woods programming is sponsored in part thanks to the generous support of donors like you, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Keller Family Foundation, The Ella West Freeman Foundation, Southern Power Fund, Gustaf W. McIlhenny Foundation, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, New Orleans Town Gardeners, Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, Rex Foundation, New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund, Meraux Foundation, and ByWater Institute at Tulane University. Funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

A Studio in the Woods fosters creative responses to the challenges of our time by providing retreat to artists, scholars, and the public in our protected forest on the Mississippi River. We appreciate your support as we honor 20 years in service of this mission. You too can support all of A Studio in the Woods' programs by clicking HERE.
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