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So Which is the Number One City for Young Creatives? New Orleans, Of Course

If anyone had any doubts that New Orleans is a world class Mecca for talent well the argument has now been settle with SmartAsset naming the Crescent City the number one place for young creatives.

So Which is the Number One City for Young Creatives? New Orleans, Of Course

Musicians play on the streets of the New Orleans French Quarter, a quotidian, ubiquitous sight.

Musicians play on the streets of the New Orleans French Quarter, a quotidian, ubiquitous sight.

Huh, can you imagine that? Of the top ten list where even Los Angeles and New York don’t even make it, New Orleans is considered number one. What’s fascinating is that Salt Lake City is number two. Here’s what it says on SmartAssets website:

The birthplace of jazz, New Orleans has long been considered one of the country’s best cities for musicians seeking inspiration and an audience. While it remains one of the world’s top music cities, it has emerged as a great place for all kinds of creatives. Indeed, going by total employment, the single largest creative profession in New Orleans is acting. There are 1,900 full time actors or actresses in New Orleans, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What I’m amazed at here is that acting is the largest creative profession in New Orleans. I know since Hurricane Katrina theatre companies have exploded here and according to reviews have excellent productions. Hm. Coulda fooled me. I would have thought that musicians would have topped the list. But no, it’s actors.

It also seems that all the arts here have blossomed since the storm.

Loyola University has a very good music program that attracts people from all over the country. I discovered this SmartAsset story on the university student newspaper’s, The Maroon, website. It tells of a student, Pamela Nions, who moved here to go to the school.

Nions, a music performance graduate student at Loyola, decided that after living in Inkster, Michigan for many years, moving back to New Orleans was key for her acoustic calling because of the city’s leading music programs and idiosyncratic cultural sphere.

“For decades, academic institutions like Loyola University, have been – and will continue to be – directly influenced by the New Orleans multi-cultural scene because of the city’s rich historical heritage,” Nions said.

In the same article the Chair of Loyola Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, Georgia Gresham, says:

“On one side you have the alumni who stayed to create their own companies, such as the Cripple Creek Theater Co., in order to raise the city’s positive creative profile; and on the other side, you have artist from all around world who migrate here because they are allured by New Orleans’ leading contemporary culture,” Gresham said.

Gresham, who’s been part of the Loyola faculty for 25 years, frequently talks to her students about the principle of being cultural chameleons: to always appreciate the classics but to avoid separating themselves from being who they are at all costs.

“People here are a reflection of what’s truly happening in New Orleans: a rebirth,” Gresham said.

Don’t know what it is, perhaps being on the edge of a swamp and at the base of the Mississippi River, but almost from the founding of the city New Orleans has attracted creative types.


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