Assistance for Street Performers
Our work with street performers is one of MaCCNO’s core activities, and ties in to much of our other work, from our teach-ins to our Guide to New Orleans Street Performance. On almost daily basis, a member of our team is talking to performers, often meeting them out on the streets, whether it be noon or midnight. Generally, our work falls into one of the following categories:
Outreach: We actively try to develop relationships with all performers who set up in the French Quarter and Marigny (particularly Frenchmen St). We provide our contact information, and continue to add to our contact list. We then provide updates to performers as needed, particularly about street closures or other important issues that may impact their ability to perform.
Empowerment: We work with performers ensure they are aware of their rights, particularly when it comes to interactions with law enforcement. We provide pro-bono legal assistance when necessary and appropriate, and serve as a liaison between street performers and law enforcement agencies.
Advocacy: We work to create opportunities for performers to meet with elected officials and neighborhood leaders so that they can advocate on their own behalf, and ensure that performers are included in any decision making process that could affect their ability to perform. In late 2015, we exposed and defeated an attempt by several businesses to permanently end the Royal Street Pedestrian Mall, which would have drastically reduced opportunities for street performers in the French Quarter.