Abstract NOLA Is Incubating A Black Arts Renaissance In New Orleans
Abstract Nola is a full-service operation for the creative community in New Orleans. Launched in 2016 by a husband-and-wife team comprised of Kenneth “Kulture” Spears and Antarah Leilani Hasan-Spears, it’s become an invaluable resource for artists looking to amplify their talents in the local arts community. On paper, they are a self-described “creative collective committed to creating platforms for artists in all mediums develop, promote and sell their products and services,” but in reality they serve a purpose well beyond the realm of professional services. At Abstract Nola, artists—primarily those of color—are given a platform on which they can cultivate sustainable careers in an environment where they’re told to be themselves and love themselves.
A night to honor Cyril Neville, hosted by Abstract NOLA + Irvin Mayfield
Real estate developer Stewart Juneau opened his penthouse atop the Ritz-Carlton Saturday (Jan. 5) to celebrate Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Cyril Neville. Abstract NOLA organized the event and Irvin Mayfield hosted the celebration in recognizing the contributions of New Orleans artists to the world's music culture.
The evening in the penthouse came with a stunning view of the city and a mobile sushi bar. There were guest surprises and music performances that led to an after party at the Angela King Gallery on Royal Street.
Abstract NOLA hosts year-end party on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
Mark Caesar hosted an end-of-the year event by Abstract NOLA on Saturday, Dec 22. Lot 1701, an open-air cultural market and event space on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, hosted a diverse group of artists and small business owners to promote and sell their products. Lot 1701 events usually become a block party.
Audubon Nature Institute and Abstract NOLA Debut Arts in the Park at Woldenberg Riverfront Park
Audubon Nature Institute
Audubon Nature Institute and Abstract NOLA present Arts in the Park, a free, concert series in Woldenberg Riverfront Park featuring music performances, live painting, food trucks, art vendors and more.
NOLA’S New Premiere Art Experience & Creative Platform
New Orleans is no stranger to art mediums like music, food, and visual arts. When seeking events and organizations that cater to all forms of art, one could could say this type of event is impossible to find, until now. Creative Curators Kenneth and Antarah Leilani Hasan-Spears have introduced a new and intriguing was to combine all mediums into a creative platform for artists. Founded in February 2016, Abstract NOLA has produced over 50 events to date.