Bard New Orleans Project
Members of the Bard New Orleans Project pose with faculty and administrators
from the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School.
Bard students started the New Orleans Project in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina, traveling to the city to help rebuild. Since then, student volunteers have returned annually to teach, organize, and work on community renewal projects. Twenty Bard students spent January intersession this year working at the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School as tutors, art workshop facilitators, academic support mediators, and community garden educators for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Participants spent the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, in partnership with the local Broadmoor Development Corporation, clearing several vacant lots to be used as construction sites for affordable, environmentally friendly homes. Student volunteers plan to return to the city this summer to teach expressive arts to pre-K students in a six-week camp at the Wilson School.