A Studio in the Woods Restores Hope for Local Artists

June 16, 2006

Fran Simon
Phone: 504-247-1433

A Studio in the Woods, a Tulane University program located in the forestland of the West Bank, will host a reading by writer Valentine Pierce on Tuesday, June 27 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Pierce, the fifth artist-in-residence through the Restoration Residencies program, will present a dramatic reading from her work including Katrina stories and pieces written while in residence.

A Studio in the Woods is giving Pierce and other displaced artists just what they need. The month-long Restoration Residencies provide lodging, food, studio space, a stipend and uninterrupted creative time to local visual artists, musicians, composers, writers and performing artists who have lost their homes and studios in the hurricane and are either displaced in other cities and communities or back home in New Orleans without resources.

Previous residents have included playwright Yvette Sirker, painter Jenny Kahn and dancer Monique Moss. The reading is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or directions contact Ama Rogan at

A Studio in the Woods is the only live-in artist community in the Deep South.

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