Join us for Where Y’Art?! on Friday, September 21st from 5pm to 9pm. Program includes:
- 5pm to 8pm: Art Making Activity
- 5:30pm to 8:30pm: Music by Jayna Morgan & the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band
- 6pm: Lecture by Save Our Cemeteries: NOLA Cemeteries: A History and Status Report
- 7:30pm: Screening: Jean Bach & Matthew Seig’s A Great Day In Harlem
About Jayna Morgan
Since 1984, Jayna has studied all forms of dance, from tap to jazz to ballet to hip hop. While still in high school, she began swing dancing in the fall of 1997 with her friend, Matt Cohen. In 1998, she enrolled at the George Washington University in Washington, DC and met Huy Pham, a Lindy Hop dancer from California. With the neo-swing movement and her passion for swing dancing, she became the head of GWU's Jitterbugs Swing Society, which offered Lindy Hop lessons by some of the world's most renowned instructors, produced the first ever Inter-Collegiate Swing Dance Competition, and hosted dances with up to 400 attendees. Jayna has also competed at the Virginia State Open and the American Lindy Hop Championship. Meanwhile, Jayna pursued her music degree and worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the special events department.
Jayna began singing jazz at the George Washington University in 1998. After receiving her BA in music with a concentration in classical voice in 2003, she returned to her hometown of New Orleans. As a swing and Charleston dancer and instructor, Jayna would frequent the jazz clubs dancing to every jazz band in the city, and would often sing a song or two.
In early 2005, Jayna and former dance partner Michael Norris formed NOLA Swing, an organization that promoted the teaching and love of swing dancing in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, Michael moved away; however, Jayna stayed and has been blessed to work under the artistic direction of international instructor and world champion Nathalie Gomes. In addition, Jayna and her friend Ellen Boyer formed the professional Charleston dance troupe, The Frenchmen Street Flappers, and can be seen performing around town.
About Save Our Cemeteries
Save Our Cemeteries preserves and protects the historic cemeteries of New Orleans, and fosters a public appreciation for their historical, cultural, and architectural value.
In 1974, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced a plan to destroy the wall vaults surrounding St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 and replace them with a chain-link fence. The preservation community was incensed.
Save Our Cemeteries was created in response to this threat, but the organization quickly realized the problem of cemetery neglect was not limited to just one cemetery.
Today, the Archdiocese is one of the greatest partners of Save Our Cemeteries in our quest to preserve & protect the cemeteries, and the wall vaults surrounding St. Louis No. 2 have been stabilized and repaired.
About NOLA Cemeteries: A History and Status Report
The importance of Cemeteries seems to be slipping lower on the list of priorities of the people of New Orleans as everyone focuses on other issues. In fact, many people know almost nothing at all about the city's historic cemeteries. This lecture is intended to share with the community the rich history and serious plight of New Orleans Cemeteries.
The lecture will share information about the history of New Orleans’ Historic Cemeteries, tomb architecture, burial procedures, and show the current conditions of our cemeteries. The lecture also shares with the audience some ways that they can help in the effort to preserve and restore this valuable piece of our cultural heritage for future generations.
About A Great Day In Harlem
(Run Time: Approximately One Hour)
Back in 1958 New York City clubs boasted nightly performances by the greatest players in jazz. Their music and their lives spanned four decades and linked styles and origins from across the country. This is the story of a moment from that era that brought dozens of these giants to a single frame.
A Great Day in Harlem is an hour-long documentary film that brings to life a remarkable moment in the history of jazz – a moment in which dozens of America's jazz legends unexpectedly gathered together for a photograph that would become emblematic of the golden age of jazz. By illuminating this single, historic event, A Great Day in Harlem is a window to an unprecedented era in music history which addresses broader issues of creativity and community in our own time.
All programming is included with Museum admission.
Schedule subject to change.